Round 9 of the Precision Racing League’s Thursday night Skip Barber Racing series takes us to Summit Point Motorsports Park in beautiful West Virginia! The 10 turns of this two mile track offers very few passing opportunities, but boasts a 2,900 foot long main straight providing plenty of draft to make a play for position coming into turn 1! But drivers will have to sort themselves out before reaching turns 4 through 9, because going two wide here would most certainly spell disaster!
Qualifying saw pole sitter James Houser burst into the 1:21’s, with the next 8 cars all qualifying writhing half a second of each other! This set the stage for 30 minutes of close quarter racing, with drivers tip toeing their way around the track to avoid contact with each other.
It was business as usual for championship points leader Justin Tipton. Who managed to make his way to first place by lap 5.
But for the rest of the field it was a day full of close battles and very few passing opportunities. A lap 1 turn 5 incident involving Berthlaume and Unsbee provided a large gap to the 6 car midfield battle. With a majority of the action coming from Cash for Crash team mates Owen McLachlan and Paul Wildridge, who battled for 5th place for over 12 laps!
But Tipton proved to be too fast, finishing 6 seconds clear of the #75 car, and securing 1st place in the driver’s championship along the way.
Once again Blown Tranny Racing’s Tyler Gore finishes ahead of White Flag Racing’s David Hebert, who fielded the only car for WFR in the race. But just 3 points separates the battle between Gore and Hebert for P5 in the Drivers Championship, so one false move in the final race could see the table turn! BTR team mate and podium finisher Matthew Gunderson also provided BTR with valuable points to close the gap to Cash for Crash down to just 28 points and puts himself into 2nd place in the Driver’s Championship by just one point!
With only one race left in the season, will Blown Tranny Racing be able to avoid the walls of Belle Isle and snatch the Team Championship away from Cash for Crash? Will Tyler Gore be able to hold his lead over the #16 car of Hebert? Or can The #61 car of John Unsbee pull out a surprise upset and bridge the gap to spoil their party for P5?
Tune in next week to find out!