(LIMA, OH) Race #2 of the TRR Triple Crown was back in action tonight from the Limaland Motorsports Park. The evening seen 17 drivers make the call for race 2 of 3. Of them 17 drivers only one of them had his eyes set on continuing his winning ways to remain in contention for the sweep bonus that was up for grabs and that was Jared Mogard. There would be lots of high expectations as Mogard looked to back up his win last week while Cross and Brownlee looked to get back to their normal winning ways on the dirt.
The race saw 4 yellow flag periods for 12 laps as the track conditions heavly favored the top side of the racing surface which led to incidents. Mogard and Wells battled for the opening laps with Wells recording 1 lap led. But after about 10 laps and a couple restarts Mogard would take over the race lead while Cross and Brownlee worked their way to the front of the field as well. Mogard would have to fend off challenges first by Dan Smolders who pressured Mogard until Brad Cross joined the party. Cross would put the pressure on Smolders which would allow Mogard to pull away while the settled the battle for 2nd. Eventually Cross would win that battle and set his sights on Mogard. The two former teammates but still friends would do battle for the remainder of the event and would fend off a late race charge from Brownlee to finish the event. Jared Mogard would cruise to a somewhat surprising victory while Cross ended up 2nd, Brownlee 3rd, Dan Deffler 4th from his 16th starting spot, and John Kennedy rounded out the top 5 after he had to go to the back after being involved in a wreck roughly mid-way through the event.
The victory for Mogard would be his 38th career ASRS Victory and keeps him in contention for the sweep bonus. Just like last week Mogard pockets $40 for his efforts tonight and he can now set his sights on next weeks finale which could be a $150 payday for the driver of the #00. Also announced early in the week there would be a hard charger award tonight which paid $5 to the driver who passed the most cars in the 50-lap event. The drivers had to have posted a qualifying time to be eligible. Dan Deffler would have won this award, but he did NOT post a qualifying lap. So that gave the hard charger to Jim Foose who went from his 14th starting spot to finish 8th. However, after the event Foose opted to not take the winnings and instead carry it over to next week’s series finale from the Charlotte Dirt Track.
So, can Mogard get the broom out and complete the sweep? Will the “dirt masters” finally break through and grab a checkered flag? Or will someone else break through and make a name for themselves on the dirt? These questions to be answered next week at the conclusion of the 3rd and final #Run50 TRR Triple Crown from the Dirt Track at Charlotte….