Last week, Robert Barney was determined to make up for his loss earlier this season in which he was 1st across the line, but was penalized for a illegal pit exit and saw his win go by the way side. He dominated the conclusion of last weeks Daytona event to take win #1 on the season. Sure didnt take long for him to wrap up win #2, as sure enough, this week he would find himself on top of the podium once more.
Heading into the opening round of green flag pit stops, it was still any mans race. A lead pack of 12 cars was rolling with little to no separation to be found. But as the cycle progressed, a 6 car pack would come out 4 seconds ahead of the second pack, led by Barney and Charles Churchville. With Chris cable and Bruce Perry making some noise, John Hanna and last weeks runner up Patrick Hahe starting coming up towards the lead.
With 2 to go, Hahe and Hanna jumped outside of Barney, looking to make a play for the W. They would remain side by side, with Hahe slowly creeping up on Barneys door. The final lap as they came out of turn 4, Hanna would bumble just slightly, and get off Hahes bumper. So while still moving up on Barney, Hahe’s progress was slowed, and he would end up a tire width away from victory for the second week in a row!
Shane Palenica extended his points lead to 12 heading into next weeks season ending event at Daytona in the B-Class cars, over Chris Cable. Its going to be a barn burner!
Todays edition of “Meet the Driver” brings us one of our newer members, Josh Kotten, from the land of a 1000 lakes. Josh has been with us since December, of 2013, when he joined our late model tour for a race at New Hampshire. While the luck hasn’t been there, he has steadilly and quickly improved over the 10 months he’s been with us. Frequently a front runner in the late models and now the Pro Cup series as well, he’s also been one of the pioneers of our soon to be dirt series.
Showing he has the chops to handle just about any car we throw at him, at any type of track we want to throw them on, he’s quickly becoming a car to beat week in and week out. If not for some really, really, really terrible luck, he’d probably already have a handful of wins by now to begin with!
So lets all take a second and get to know Josh! Continue reading
The NEO Racing Pro Cup Series made its way to the West Coast to tackle Auto Club Speedway for 90 laps of racing action. Trevor Williams kicked the night off by winning his first ever CARS Pole Award. He and the #17 car of Robert Barney led the field to the green to kick off an exciting night of racing.
Williams would get sideways coming out of two on the first lap and would drop back to 7th, surrendering the lead to Nick Silver. The caution would come out on lap eight when Colton Harvey and Clay Snider touched. This would open the pit lane and the entire field would drop in for rubber and fuel. Coming out of the pits it was the bright yellow and blue number 1 of Greg Netherwood leading and ready to take the field back to green.
An exciting and racy 22 lap run would ensue with Silver jumping back out to the lead. After a couple more quick cautions, Derek Robinson would grab the point at the beginning of another run and lead a few laps before the lap car of Paul Krumlei would bring out the caution on lap 56. The leaders would pit again with Snider’s crew prevailing this time to put him out front.
Another hard racing filled run would stretch over the next 20 laps that would show Josh Kotten finding the point when the caution came out with ten to go. Another short 5 lap run would ensue bringing Silver back to the point when the caution fell on lap 84, leaving the field with a 2 lap shootout to the checkered flag. You could have thrown a blanket over the top five of Silver, Kotten, Casto, Netherwood, and Williams as they dove into turn one on the final restart of the race. However, disaster struck as contact was made between the Netherwood and Kotten machines to take them out of the running and to force the race to end under caution.
Nick Silver took the win with his teammate Casto in a close second. Williams came home third as Patrick Hahe and Scott Walter rounded out the top five. Three races remain as the NEO Racing Pro Cup season comes to a close. Much excitement remains though as the top four in points (Walter, Chris Cable, Netherwood, Casto), are all very close and anything could happen. The series will take a break next week before they close out the season with Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.
The Exclaim Graphics Late Model Series made the trip to Lucas Oil Raceway Park for 110 laps of door to door action. The racing was tight and not many cars went home without a scratch. However, the racing was good overall and Justin Brooks prevailed over the field for his fourth win of the season.
The night started off with Dale O’neil, Patrick Hahe, and Sean Casto claiming their respective heat races. The handicapping would place Paul Krumlei on the pole. As Krumlei led the field to the green flag, the racing would quickly heat up. It was interesting to see who could make the bottom work with the high line being the fast line of the night.
Josh Hart would take the lead early on to lead the first 23 laps. After a few early cautions, Josh Kotten would fight through to the lead. On lap 43, Jimmie North would be involved in an incident with Ken Lindsley to bring out the fourth caution of the night. With Kotten taking a trip to pit lane, Shawn Breitzman would jump to the lead and lead ten laps of his own.
Around the halfway point of the race, Brooks would jump to the lead and not look back. The rest of the race would be caution filled but with great door to door racing in between. Bruce Perry would claim another Hard Charger award by bring the 112 from 20th to second. Sean Casto ended up third, while Lindsley and Hart would round out the top five.
Next week the series makes the long trip to Florida to tackle New Smyrna for 115 laps of racing action.
This weeks edition of “Meet the Driver” enlists 2-time NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series Champion, Nick Silver! Nick has actually raced with a few of us here at Can-Am Racing Series for many years, with Greg and Patrick getting their first experience with Nick in 2004ish. But, Mr. Silver joined us here at CARS in May of 2012, running our banner series in the Sunday late models. Starting 17th that day, he finished 4th at the tricky track that is Stafford. A true sign of things to come.
When we brought on the Tuesday NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series, we originally used the K&N National ride. Silver used that to his advantage and would grab the first ever series championship! He’d take a while, but he would follow up that in season 6 with his second title, this time using the B-Class cars. So far this season, he’s been the car to beat every week, and if not for 2 weeks in which he had issues attending the races, he’d be in line to get a trifecta of titles this season on Tuesday. But, with all that said, lets get to know Nick a little bit more, shall we? Continue reading