This week, the Nascar crew hit super fast Michigan International Speedway for just the 2nd time in the League's history. A new victor would be crowned at Michigan as previous winner Kyle Ely (Rocksson2Kyle) was not in attendance tonight.
Qualifying was very tight quarters as the draft would have a big say in who would start up front. For the first time this Season, Sean Ryan (Sean420Cali) put down the hot lap and took the inside of Row 1, with Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777) taking the outside. Michael Caterino (vWardude), Nick Michaud (NickMichaud), and Charles Sumner (Hootius) rounded out the Top 5.
The 15 Lap first Stage was action packed. It went caution free and required everyone to stop for a splash of fuel, but that did not deter the drivers from 2 and 3-wide racing throughout. We had 5 lead changes in the first 15 laps, with Kyle coming away with the 5 bonus points, followed closely by Sean. Charles won a drag race against Michael coming off of Turn 4 and beat him to the line by a bumper, with Rob Besaw (Xsyse) grabbing the final bonus point. After the stage, the action never slowed. We ended up having a couple back to back cautions come out, which set up a 17 lap green flag run to end the race. Normally the crew could get 10 laps in on a full tank of fuel, so another round of full pit stops would need to be made. A bad game flaw would cost Sean, who ran up front all race, as he was spun down pit lane by a car that should have been too far back to cause any issue, which knocked Sean out of the Top 5. As everyone pitted for 4 tires and a full tank of fuel, Charles used the draft in the start of the run to save extra fuel so his pit stop would only be 2 tires and 1 can, which saved him 5-6 secs over everyone else's stop. Rob tried a 1 can, no tire stop which did not work in his favor and saw him drop out of the Top 5 by the end. Charles had to still save fuel for the rest of the run, and did so just enough as he ran out exiting Turn 4 and coasted across the finish line, just 1.3 seconds in front of a hard charging, full power Michael. Adam Zemke (Zeke_H30), Brian Mosser (BrianMosser88) and Christpher Johnson (MeattyLoaf) rounded out the Top 5. Jake MacLeod (SassaFrass_3) was the Hard Charger of the race, jumping up 6 stops to finish a career best 6th place.
**Top 10 Finishing order for Michigan**
1. Charles Sumner (Hootius) – 1st win of the Season; 5th of his Career (Now solely in 2nd place All-Time)
2. Michael Caterino (vWardude) – 4th Top 5 of the Season; 25 of his Career (Tied with Charles for most All-Time)
3. Adam Zemke (Zeke_H30) – 4th Top 10 of the Season; 25th of his career
4. Brian Mosser (BrianMosser88) – 1st Top 5 of the Season; Best Career finish
5. Christopher Johnson (MeattyLoaf) – 2nd Top 5 of the Season
6. Jake MacLeod (SassaFrass_3) – 3rd Top 10 of the Season
7. Rob Besaw (Xsyse) – 5th Top 10 of the Season
8. Sean Ryan (Sean420Cali) – 6th Top 10 of the Season
9. Zack Jackson (Action12Jackson) – 3rd Top 10 of the Season
10. Noah Michalski (TheNoahCat) – 1st Career Top 10
In the Driver's Championship, Sean Ryan (Sean420Cali) is still in 1st Place, but his lead is now down to 8 points after Charles Sumner (Hootius), who jumped up into 2nd Place. Kyle Spencer (KDawgHonda777) and Michael Caterino (vWardude) are still within striking range, 15 and 18 points back respectively with 4 races to go. Rob Besaw (Xsyse) rounds out the Top 5 in points, but 30 back of Sean.
For our Team championship, Car Ramrod (Charles and Christopher J.) used a double Top 5 performance at Michigan to take the Points lead for the first time this Season. One-Two Racing (Michael and Nick) however are only 1 point back after Nick's unfortunate disconnect. The Bumper Killers (Sean and Noah) are still well within the hunt in 3rd Place, only 8 back of the lead.
Our Playoff field has shrunken down to 8 drivers after Michigan: Sean, Charles, Kyle S., Michael, Rob, Adam, Brian, and Zack will fight over the next 3 races to see which 4 will battle it out at Homestead. Christopher J. (-2), Nick (-6), Owen (-8) and Kyle E. were eliminated after Round 2 of the Playoffs.
We will take a week off for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and come back on November 29th to tackle Chicago, which has the potential to be just as action packed as Michigan was. Please join us, and one of our handful of driver who stream their POVs of the race, on Wednesday nights at 9pm Eastern.