The first “Winter Series” race showed its head to a mild temperature and tee shirt weather. The gang from Rocky’s Auto brought their arsenal of drivers and cars, and the Pro Truck drivers decided to leave the comfort of the asphalt behind and sling some mud at I-76.
The pro trucks put on a great show and #31 Justin Simonson led the entire race until unfortunately he lost an axle. Jeremy Bareley, #17 took the lead but just couldn’t hold on. Adam Hilton driving the #06 took over in the lead and never looked back. Troy Whitthar #5W finished second and Dave Hunt #23 finished third.
Modified driver Jesse Taylor, #05 couldn’t decide whether he wanted to race or not that day, but after climbing in the car took the green flag and sailed to victory over a chasing #73 Beau Speicher. Coming from Grand Junction to play with us #B75 Jeep Berry came from behind and finished third just ahead of #40 Danny Concelman.
Sport Mod winner Tom Nelson Jr., capturing his first feature win this year, finished well ahead of the persistent # 8 Robbie McCabe and third place finisher #40 Lance Brandt.
Bear Lynch #33, and #88 David Rothrock, two of the Rocky’s Auto owned cars finished in the top three of our Econo feature event. Brad Willox #B57 finished just behind Bear, with David on his bumper. Chad #39 Mann finished fourth.
Fast Freddy Schneider 5C started front outside row and led the first half of the race when 5C, Davey McCray passed on the outside and held on to capture the checkers. Tyler Trengrove #5R was a close third.
It was a Hankins party day in the pits after the 270 Micro main event. Maria, #63, and Nick, #99 Hankins finished first and third places respectively. Sandwiched in between the Hankins team was #25 Cody Langevin, who was a close third.
The Hooligans showed up in full force on this last winter series race with the beautiful but fierce Sara Verbeck leading the pack of leather clad warriors. This motorcycle clan shows up regularly at I-76, to race for the beloved trophy and bragging rights in point accumulation.
Street Stock winner #52 Jared Wall finished ahead of #45 Michael Logan who traveled from Sioux Falls South Dakota to join the fun.
First timer to I-76 Cameron Ratcliff #51, took the checkers ahead of #41 Travis Brandt in the hornet feature.
The next Winter Series race is on Sunday, November 17th 12:00 high…
As reported to…Toni Zinanti