Cross Takes Win in Wild Martinsville Finish

Published On: March 29th, 2017

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Twitchy Race Reports

(MARTINSVILLE, VA) The Sam Maxwell ASRS Truck Series went to the Martinsville Speedway for a short track battle for 125 laps for the Conor’s Cure 125. Fourty-Three trucks attempted to make the Thirty-Six car field. Once qualifying was done it seen Logan Runyon in his #6 sit on the pole. Runyon had to qualifying his way into the show from the open qualifying session which he was able to do and then backed it up to bring the field to green. The rest of the top 5 looked like this Jonathan Holstein 2nd, Danny Rodgers 3rd, Ty Hester 4th, and Tom Giannini 5th.

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It was a very rough start with multiple yellows to start the race involving several drivers including Series Point Leader Danny Rodgers who was involved in an incident early on. It wasn’t until lap 35 that the field got a restart and saw its first long run going 23 laps before the yellow flew again. The first half of the race seen Ty Hester in his #36 dominate the race leading most of it.

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The second half of the race saw a short run to start it. The leader Hester and Brad Cross made some contact sending the #36 around. The race would continue its yellow caution filled pace throughout the second half all the way to the end.

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The race saw Brad Cross dominate the rest of the race after the incident with the #36 Truck. Ty would drive back through the field to get up to 2nd and challenge Brad for the Win late in the race.

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The final lap seen the anticipated short track style racing take place with a good old bump and run for the win. Ty Hester would get the lead out of turn two on the final lap passing Cross. Cross would go into turn 3 coming to the checkers and give Ty a bump back and was able to get back by for the Win. The contact sent Ty spinning which caused 3rd and 4th place runners Jim Foose and John Kennedy to have to avoid them.

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Both Foose and Kennedy would do just that and would beat and bang to the finish line battling for the runner up spot. John Kennedy would get the spot edging out Foose. The top 5 finishers looked like this Brad Cross took his #30 Maxxed Out Motorsports ride to his 2nd career ASRS victory and first of the Sam Maxwell ASRS Truck Series in 2017. John Kennedy finished 2nd from his 31st starting spot making it a Maxxed Out Motorsports 1st/2nd finish, Jim Foose rallied for a 3rd place finish, Dan Mathews 4th, and Jason Stewart 5th from his 33rd starting spot.

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We caught up with the race Winner Brad Cross and he had this to say following his victory “It felt good to finally get another win in the ASRS series, I’ve been working with my teammates week in and week out to try and get more competitive and hopefully it is starting to show. I felt good coming off of a cup win last night and just tried to stay out of trouble tonight but also knew I had to drive others how I was going to get drove. Just glad to get this win in the 2017 season and hopefully can grab some more, but I’m really looking forward to the dirt series coming up. Got to thank all my guys at Maxxed Out I couldn’t have done it without them”. We also caught up with 2nd place finisher John Kennedy who grabbed his first top 5 finish of the 2017 season, he had this to say after the race “I just wanted to ride for the first half of the race to save the truck much as possible the last restart we started 5th and I was like it is time to go then the last corner all hell broke loose and me and Jim was door to door to the finish but it was fun. I would like to thank all of my teammates from Maxxedout Motorsports, St Baldrick’s Foundation, and Twitchy Race Reports” The top 8 drivers in the playoffs after Race #4 are as followed Jim Foose took over the point lead, Jason Stewart 2nd, Jonathan Holstein 3rd, Danny Rodgers 4th, Brad Cross 5th, Michael Atkins Jr. 6th, Jared Mogard 7th, and Zack Calloway 8th. The Sam Maxwell ASRS Truck Series is off until April 18th when they will hit the track at the Richmond International Speedway for another short track affair.

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If you’d like to watch a replay of this event be sure to head to Off Camber TV on Facebook and find their Youtube channel and check out the event replay.

Next Tuesday the ASRS Xfinity Series returns to action from the Pocono Raceway for a 40 lap event.

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