Hester Goes from Worst to First at Talladega

Published On: May 3rd, 2017

Twitchy Race Reports

(TALLADEGA, AL) The ASRS Xfinity Series headed to Talladega for a 150 mile event. There would be a full field of forty-three drivers going for one of thirty-two starting spots. Headlines would see 2nd place Justin Brown and 4th place Jared Mogard in the championship standings not make the starting field.

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In qualifying Jake Douglas would sit on the pole with Mitch Brown 2nd, Jesse Curry 3rd, Dominic Lee 4th, and Tom Giannini 5th. There would be six yellow flags for twenty-two laps with thirteen leaders and twenty lead changes.

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The first yellow would come on lap 12 when the 49 of Douglas and the 38 of Dan Matthews would make contact on the back stretch causing a chain reaction wreck in the process. Douglas would continue on while Matthews would have issues going multiple laps down. The second yellow came on lap 21 when the 04 of Thomas Wagner would turn the 26 of Ronnie Osmer going into turn one collecting the 89 of John Kennedy and the 30 of Brad Cross. Everyone would be able to continue on though as the 89 and 30 had minimal damage.

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The third yellow came on lap twenty-seven when the 41 of Tim Knott would make contact with the 43 of Steve Buhala collecting a few other drivers. The fourth yellow came out on lap thirty-six when the 30 of Cross and the 89 of Kennedy made slight contact and sent the 89 into the 24 of Allan Young. Both drivers suffered a lot of damage. This would set up a seventeen lap sprint to the end.

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The fifth yellow would come out on lap fifty-one and it would be the awaited “big one” as the leaders were battling for the lead and the 3 of Pete Baskins would hook the 30 of Cross which sent the race leader 91 Zac Bozanich up the track and caused a multi-car wreck. This would set up a short sprint to the end with just only two laps to go. The yellow would come out on the backstretch and  ended the race under yellow after the leaders made contact and caused another multi-car wreck to end this one.

2017-05-02 22-27-38_0At the end of the event it was Ty Hester cruising to his 38th Career ASRS Victory followed by Dominic Lee, Tom Giannini, Jason Stewart, and Steven Trombly rounded out the top 5. With just one race left before the playoffs start this is how the playoff picture look Ty Hester took over the point lead with Sam Maxwell 2nd, Justin Brown 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Tom Giannini moved up two spots to 5th, Jonathan Holstein also moved up two spots to 6th, Jim Foose followed suit moving up to 7th, and Allan Young who had a tough night fell three spots to 8th in the final playoff spot. Sitting just outside the top 8 is Zac Bozanich just four points out of 8th and Jason Stewart five points behind Foose in 8th. Brad Cross is 11th in the standings and going to need help as he sits twenty-four points out of 8th.

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The Xfinity Series is now taking a ten week break before returning to action July 11th from the Kentucky Speedway for the Kentucky 150 a 100 lap event. This will be the final race before the four race playoffs start to crown the 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series Champion. As for the next ASRS event the Super Late Models are in action from New Smyrna tomorrow night.

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