Steve Ritter drove to victory lane in the Can-Am Thursday Night Cup Series kickoff event at Daytona on Thursday. The win didn’t come easy as he had timed his pass at just the right time to bypass David Lanza to take the lead, using a push from Wyatt Wolfe Jr to get there.
The caution flew with just three to go, with Ritter secured in the top spot. Steve was followed by Dan Veglahn, Justin Gardner, Will Harris and Pete Zerneri at the line.
It was a great way to start the season, with the series heading to Dover next week to conquer the Monster Mile. Stay Tuned!
Clay Jones took his second NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup victory tonight at Kentucky Speedway after restarting fourth with less than 10 laps to go. His victory was sealed when former race leader Sean Casto spun off turn two and shot high into the air for a caution.
The race had three early cautions that claimed six drivers, including DWC Champion Tyler Hudson. The remaining field then spread out for much of the second half
The final restart order was jumbled thanks to tire strategy, with some drivers taking two while others took four. Casto led at the green flag, but ultimately ceded to Jones. John Hanna would lead the majority of the laps tonight, but would come home in 2nd. Nick Silver would take 3rd, with Shane Bogue and Mike King rounding out the top 5.
The final restart would come with 29 laps left, and Randy Hedrick would show the way in front of Justin Fuller, and for the remaining laps, Fuller would fill out every inch of Hedricks mirror. Three or four times, Fuller would peak a nose underneath, but Hedrick would shut the door. As they battled, Bruce Perry kept coming closer and closer. However, it was not to be for anyone but Hedrick. The checkers would fly as Fuller and Perry ran out of time, finishing behind the hot rod of Hedrick.
Robert Matthews would finish 4th, and Trevor Williams would finish 5th.
This weeks heat winners were Justin Fuller, Tylerr Hudson, Tyler Burgess, and Cody Parker.
In a race that was dominated by cautions, it really was a show up front! Justin Fuller, the pole sitter for the race, led a race high of 123 laps. As the race wore on, another face appeared in the battle for the lead, Mason Diaz. A dog fight would ensue between the two with David Lanza following close behind waiting for a mistake. But while lurking just around the top 10, Mike King was able to make some moves after a couple of late cautions to position himself within the top 5 for the final restart. On the final lap though, a controversy between Justin and Mason would take place right as Mason takes the lead. Justin will attempt to regain an edge on Mason with a crossover to make a final run for turn 3. But one thing led to another and Justin gives Mason the chrome horn sending both competitors out of control and allowing for Mike King to split the two down the middle to take the lead!
Mike will lead the only lap that’s important which surges him into the points lead heading into Kentucky. Following Mike into second place is David Lanza, third is Sean Casto, fourth is Jay Dee Callahan, and rounding out the top 5 with a great recovery is Mason Diaz.
Patrick Hahe, a founding administrator of the Can-Am Racing Series, has been to victory lane twice in his CARS career. Once in the now defunct SK Modified series, and once in the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup. But for 2 years, has never been able to clinch that elusive first Late Model Tour victory, the series he helped create. The second half of the Darlington 90 would see Hahe out in front, pushing harder and harder every lap, seeing that crossed checkers getting closer. With 10 to go, Chris Cable, Greg Netherwood, and Bruce Perry were barrelling down in his mirror, getting ever closer. But, time would run out on the challengers, and for the first time in 2 years, Patrick Hahe would cross the line first for the first time in his career!
Chris Cable would beat Netherwood to the line for 2nd. Bruce Perry would come home 4th, and Wyatt Wolfe Jr would come from 22nd to 5th.
The series moves on to New Smyrna next week!