With the short 10 race season entering the final stretch, the ASRS Short Track Pro-Series took a trip to the biggest track listed on the 2017 schedule, Texas Motor Speedway. Coming into the event, Jason Stewart had a loose grip on the Series points lead. After not winning a race, the ever-consistent Stewart still held a lead of 5 points over Jared Mogard. Up until the Texas race, Mogard was sitting on 3 wins but that number would go up even further Wednesday afternoon. Qualifying saw the hometown boy, Tim Knott, claim the pole. Jared Mogard flanked Knott to the outside. Pat Rusha, Ty Hester (3rd in points) and Allan Young rounded out the top 5.
The race got off to a quiet start but Jared Mogard assumed an early lead from Tim Knott. Although he led a lot, he would not hold the lead all night. A total of 6 drivers led laps but no driver led nearly as many laps as the 43 laps led by Mogard. Lee Staples led the second most laps by pacing the field for 13 circuits. The race was far from a caution-fest but there were plenty of yellow flags sprinkled in throughout the night.
These yellows would supply the race with many different fuel strategies. Andrew Garrels led the field to a late race restart on old tires but would quickly be swallowed up by Tom Giannini. Giannini would then surrender the lead to Mogard just one lap later.
That would be the final lead change of the night as the #01 drove to the win. Pat Rusha followed Mogard to the line followed in 3rd by Allan Young, Ty Hester and then Dominic Lee in 5th. Jared Mogard now leads the points standings by 5 over Jason Stewart. Ty Hester sits 16 points back in 3rd. Jim Foose and Bruce Pearson now round out the top 5 in points.
With a 55 point lead to 4th place and only two races remaining, it is now safe to say the points race is a three horse battle. Ty Hester will have to make some magic happen in week 9 to have a legitimate shot to win the championship in Richmond. The series rolls into Iowa next for the penultimate race of the short season.