Much like the week prior at Michigan, Josh Kotten has spent the last 2 years at the Can-Am Racing Series running towards the front but yet to break through with that elusive win. Many times he’s been up front but been unable to close for a variety of reasons. Lets just say that the monkey has officially exited his back now!
While the race got off to a rocky start with 4 yellows in the first 35 laps, the rest of the event would go yellow free. Charlie Ryan and Brenden Queen would dominate for the majority of the event, but as the race would drag on, their tires would fall off dramatically.
Josh Kotten sat back in the top 5, biding his time, with a car that was ticking laps a full tenth to a quarter-second faster than the leaders with 20 laps remaining. With 10 to go, Queen had to dive to pit road for a splash, leaving Ryan alone to contend with a rapidly approaching Kotten.
The 5 to go signal was given, and Kotten caught Ryan. Leaping to the outside lane, with Ryan covering the bottom like he was Darrell Revis on a wide receiver, Kotten was giving it all he had. Making it stick off turn 2, he would end up pulling away from Ryan to collect win #1 of his long storied career!
Shane Ewing followed up last weeks win with a solid 3rd, Greg Omo had his career best finish with 4th, and Steve Bevacqua came home in 5th.
Replay of the race, broadcast by Checkered Flag Interactive: