Written by: Tom Giannini
(BRASELTON, GA) It has been awhile since we have mentioned ASRS driver Stephen Pearce. At Lanier Speedway last night, that all would change. For the most part, the season has belonged to several dominant drivers. These drivers include some ASRS all-stars such as Ty Hester, Jared Mogard and Jason Stewart. Stewart, who hasn’t shown dominating speed, has quietly put together a stellar first two races in which he was able to enter Lanier sitting atop the points standings. Rex Hoyle was only one point behind Stewart and there was a three-way tie for 3rd with Michael Atkins, Ty Hester and Collin Penn all sitting 4 points off the leader.
Travis Wright raised some eyebrows when he was the surprise pole winner. His speed in qualifying was no fluke either as he would lead 32 laps in dominating fashion until an incident relegated Wright to a DNF. Filling the void atop the leader board after Wright’s incident would be Stephen Pearce.
Pearce would go on to lead a race-high 49 lap with the other 19 laps lead going to Ty Hester. The race would be marred with many hard crashes, at times seeing cars rolling down the front stretch. Following Stephen Pearce to the finish was Ty Hester in 2nd, Danny Rodgers in 3rd, Jared Mogard in 4th and Dominic Lee rounding out the top 5. Dominc Lee has quietly been having a strong season as the driver of the #18 sits 3rd in points.
Ty Hester is your new points leader followed by Jason Stewart (-2). Dominic Lee and Jim Foose are tied for 3rd just 7 points out of the lead. Rex Hoyle rounds out your top 5 with just 8 points sitting between him and Ty Hester. The series rolls into New Hampshire next week for 60 laps at the Magic Mile.