As the Kirkwood Transportation ASRS Home Tracks Series rolled into Richmond Raceway, Jared Mogard had a firm grasp on the championship at stake. On the night of May 23, 2018, he would turn his lead into a championship trophy. He started the week with a 42 point lead over 2nd place Jim Foose, but a restart penalty from the previous week would set Mogard back 10 points. The 32 point lead was still sizable enough that all he needed was a top 5 to carve his name on the champion’s trophy. Following Mogard and Foose entering the event was Tim Knott (-40), Tom Giannini (-46) and Allan Young (-61).
Although the championship story is all about Jared Mogard, Mitch Brown claimed the 75 lap event at Richmond as his own. Brown started the night with a pole position run in qualifying, besting his teammate Jason Stewart for the right to start on the inside of the front row. Allan Young, Jared Mogard and Tom Giannini were your other top 5 starters.
Although the new restart rules offer the leader less of an advantage on starts and restarts, Mitch Brown wasted no time getting his #18 Toyota SLM to the lead. He put on a clinic from there, fending off multiple attempts at overtaking by Jared Mogard. Brown would have to work hard for the entire race as the race went green flag the entire way. The race going flag to flag meant to breaks, mentally or physically for the drivers. At the end of the night there were a lot of sore backs and rotator cuffs.
Finishing second to Brown was Jared Mogard. The rest of the top 5 consisted of Allan Young, Jason Stewart and Jim Foose. The race would not shake up the points with no movement to be seen among the top 20 drivers. Jared Mogard leads the points by 35 points over Jim Foose followed by Tim Knott (45), Tom Giannini (-50) and Allan Young (-62). The battle in the season finale will be for second at Southern National Motorsports Park!