Richmond International Raceway: The stage was set to crown a champion. The points race came down to Ty Hester, Jared Mogard (-4) and Jason Stewart (-5). These drivers are no strangers to racing with each other but tonight there would be some extra fireworks thrown into their rivalry.
Ty Hester claimed the pole for the event but Jared Mogard would not let him get very far. Mogard qualified second. Stewart would start his quest for the championship from the 7th position. Stewart would not be in contention long when he was involved in a melee early in the race. Although the team did make necessary repairs, the car was just never the same. He would ride around and pray for issues to befall both Hester and Mogard. Issues would come to Mogard when he spun multiple times throughout the event. He would rebound from all of them until a late race restart when he made contact with the #81 of Mitch Brown. That race would end the night for the #00. From then on, it was Ty Hester’s championship to lose and he would not lose it. The championship would be Hester’s second consecutive in the ASRS Pro Series.
Although the championship ended with fireworks, the race would end with even more. A late race restart pitted Allan Young against Ty Hester. AJ Garrels was third followed by Tom Giannini. Giannini had far fresher tires and made quick work of Garrels and Hester but would struggle to pass Allan Young. In turn 3 of the last lap, Giannini would make contact with Young sending them both spinning. Jim Foose threaded the needle and claimed his first win of the ASRS Short Trace Pro-Series season. Foose was elated with his victory. We caught up with Jim after the race in Victory Lane: “We had a fast car tonight and ran in the top 5 pretty much all race, when the seas parted it just fell in my lap. I’m excited to end the season. Congrats to Ty on the championship and thank you to all our great partners this season.”
And with that the ASRS asphalt season has come to an end. December Dirt Week will cap off a buy year for ASRS competition but it is expected to be one of the biggest events in league history. Make sure to tune into that! The dirt races will be broadcasted on SR Broadcasting and it figures to be quite the show!