Leinen Wins Lanier

In what turned out to be a battle with the NetCode, a geek term that few can explain clearly, our first race under the lights was a little spooky. Pace car driving through walls,(who knew a Mustang could do that?) engines blowing for no apparent reason, leader getting the black flag on a restart, and Lowell finishing the race without hitting anything. Strange indeed.

The Grid at Lanier

The Grid at Lanier

Typical close racing at BRL

Typical close racing at BRL

A little damage, but a win for Leinen!

A little damage, but a win for Leinen!

Aside from all that, the racing was great as is the case every week! Points leader Matt Hoose took the pole position in qualifying and took off on point at the green flag. He led 18 of the 50 laps before being shown the aforementioned black flag on a restart. Four quick laps later he was disqualified for not serving the stop and go penalty. He ended the night in 11th and losing six points in the championship standings to 2nd place, Brian Young. That gap is now just 14 points with four races remaining. Young started 10th and finished 5th while 3rd place in the points, Jimmy Eifling started 13th and finished 9th.

Racing at night! Hard to top that for fun....

Racing at night! Hard to top that for fun….

Brad Spidle finished 3rd, Chris Forster finished 2nd and led a total of 11 laps. But the night belonged to Mitch Leinen who led 21 laps and crossed the line 1st at the wave of the checkered flag.

Next week we head for Hampton, VA for more short track action, under the lights at Langley Speedway!


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