Tonight the NEORacingNews.com pro cup series took center stage for 94 laps at the Kentucky Speedway for the third race of their version of “The Chase”. Charlie Ryan burst onto the scene right away as he would top everyone on the practice charts by a fairly comfortable margin. However, Charlie failed to run a qualifying lap that registered on iRacing’s stopwatch and would have to start in the back for tonight’s big race.
Capitalizing on Ryan’s qualifying misfortune, Colton Harvey grabbed the pole for tonight’s event. As a result, Harvey would earn the right to bring the field to green and kick off what would turn out to be an eventful, and exciting race.
With iRacing’s dynamic track surface still being fairly new to the drivers, it showed early on, as getting the handle on these high horse-powered machines seemed to be a struggle. As a matter of fact, the first four cautions on the night would be result to self spinning, one car incidents as the “snappy loose” conditions would grab a hold of Trevor Williams, Greg Netherwood, Brad Fulham, and Chris Cable, respectively.
All of the spins, incidents, and eventual cautions played directly in favor to Charlie Ryan, as it did not take him long to get to the front. With Cable, the last of the self-spinners, seemingly being one of Ryan’s biggest threats, it seemed as if the #54 would sail his way to an easy victory lane visit.
Just as Ryan began to get comfortable in his #54 Jack Daniels Mustang, the caution flag flew for a three car incident caused by Forest Schneiter on lap 77. Ten laps later, Harvey and Scott Walter would touch and bring out the seventh and final caution of the night setting up a green-white-checker finish, with the winner getting a one way ticket to victory lane.
Ryan would get a good jump on the field and he looked to have it in the bag, however, Shane Ewing had other plans. Although Ewing’s 32 was by no means even close to being the fastest car all night, he stayed patient, and found himself chasing the leader towards the checkered flag. With just a couple of laps to go, disaster struck the Ryan machine as he would find the outside wall in turn 4. This led to Ewing’s patience paying off and giving Shane his second win of the season. Nick Leitz also was patient and persevered through some issues to come home second, Patrick Hahe was third, with Mike King and Gregg Richardson rounding out the top five.
Next week the series rolls into Dover for the fourth race of the chase. It should be an exciting 100 laps as only eleven points separates the top five in points with Mike King showing the way followed by Scott Walter, Greg Netherwood, Patrick Hahe, and Steve Bevacqua.