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
The stakes were raised even higher this week as the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series headed east to Charlotte Motor Speedway. This marked the second race of the second segment chase and the sixth of the full season chase. Chris Cable entered the race as the full season chase leader and Nick Silver as the second segment leader.
Andy Glazik led the field of 23 to the green flag for what would be a 120 lap event. Glazik and Cable would separate themselves from the field until the first caution waved on lap 6. Nick Silver and Sean Casto would assume and swap the lead after restarting the race, with Casto looping it on lap 16. Silver would retain the top spot until pit stops occurred on lap 36 after the caution was brought out when the #69 of Derek Robinson lost control out of turn 4, causing a pile up.
Nick Silver would reassume the lead and hold on until the caution waved on lap 70. Andy Glazik would play the 2 tire strategy and take over the lead. The final green flag would wave on lap 79. Colton Harvey would race his way up to the lead while the field raced hard behind him. The #52 of Sean Casto and the #05 of Chris Cable would trade paint multiple times while fighting hard for the runner up spot. Ultimately, Casto would prevail as Cable would slip to the 5th place position. Nick Silver would eventually work his way back into the second spot and slowly reeled in the #21 of Harvey. Harvey would not be denied his first Can-Am win however, and would hold off Silver in a tight side by side battle! Sean Casto would come in third place, with Patrick Hahe fourth, and Andy Glazik rounding out the top 5.
Silver and Cable both maintained their points leads in their respective chases. Next week the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series makes the long road trip to the west coast to take on Auto Club Speedway.
Justin Brooks is, well, the man to beat. Hard to ever really say otherwise, as no matter the track he shows up to, he rolls off the top car on the charts. He would prove so yet again tonight at Langley. After winning his heat yet again, Brooks got to work off the bat from the 12th starting position. Teammate, and K&N Series star, Trey Jarrell would win his heat and start inside of him in 11th, and both would be up front before you could blink.
Al Smith Jr would start from the pole and lead the first 12 circuits, but would quickly be shuffled back. Robert Matthews would lead for a spell, before his teammate Matt Rolfe would make his presence felt. WIth Rolfe leading the way, Brooks and Jarrell started moving up through the field, up to his bumper.
Brooks got into the door of Josh Kotten early on, and his progress would be reset, as he’d have to go to the rear of the field. No matter. As Jarrell would take the lead, Brooks was on a mission through the field. As the race was winding down with a green flag run, Brooks finally would take over the lead on lap 72. Despite a short respite, he would hold it the remainder of the race.
Rolfe would come home in the runner up spot, with Robert Matthews taking third. Tim Bills would manage to save a fourth spot, recovering from an early spin. Greg Netherwood would use a late 4 tire change on a caution with 12 to go, and ride that to a 5th place finish.
The series heads to Lucas Oil Raceway Park next week!