Bentley Glaser picked up his fifth win of the season at Iowa Speedway, setting a league record for the most victories in a season. Most importantly, he locked himself into the Championship Race at Nashville Superspeedway, joining Johnny Avila as a contender for the championship.
The Race was slowed by only one caution, a spin involving Brett Adams that occurred on Lap 2. After that, the field ran the rest of the event clean and green, with differing pit strategies leading to an interesting cycle of green flag pit stops.
Trent Ringler started from pole, and used a one-stop strategy, stretching his tires for over 70 laps on each run. It took Glaser 147 of the 150 lap race distance to finally catch Ringler and make a pass for the win. For Ringler, it was quite the heartbreak, as he fell just short of his first win of the season.
Many other drivers opted for two pit stops, with several experiencing extreme tire wear during the first green flag run. Playoff contenders Hunter Waters, Jeff Yenisch and Patrick Desaulnier each experienced tire failures, which forced them to pit earlier than planned. Of this trio, only Yenisch was able to recover and transfer to the Round of 8.
Duane Hunt, Tyler Saville and Todd Cray rounded out the Top 5 and will each be in position to claim one of the final two Championship Race spots on Dec. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway. In fact, the entire Top 8 finishing positions ended up being filled by playoff drivers advancing to the next round, with Adam Matz, Jesse Bunnell and Yenisch rounding out the remaining playoff contenders.
The Elite Series is off for Thanksgiving and will return on Dec. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway to determine the final Championship 4.
Johnny Avila has secured a spot in the Championship Four, winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Despite starting at the rear, Avila led 63 of 125 laps, and edged Trent Ringler to the line by 0.5 seconds. The defending series champion Avila retook the lead with 11 laps remaining and never looked back. Bentley Glaser, Jesse Bunnell and Justin Gann completed the Top 5.
Duane Hunt opted to stay out on old tires with 15 laps remaining, with Avila restarting in fifth. Ultimately, the tire advantage proved decisive, and Avila only needed four laps to reclaim the lead. Unfortunately for Hunt, his gamble didn’t pay off, and contact with Justin Gann resulted in a 16th place finish.
Heavy attrition to the drivers at the playoff cutline ended up factoring into determining who advanced into the Round of 12. Ray Polking, David Camarra and Mark Jenkins each exited early after being involved in crashes. Jeff Yenisch and Ricki Williams found themselves at the end of the race battling for the final transfer spot in battered cars. Yenisch edged Williams to the line by less than a second, with his 14th place finishing position good enough to earn the final spot.
Safe to the next round were the Top 8 in points, plus Charlie Woods, Todd Cray, Patrick Desaulnier and Yenisch. The Top 3 in points–Glaser, Adam Matz and Bunnell were able to retain their free passes into future rounds.
The playoffs continue on November 21 at Iowa Speedway. Trackside E-Sports will be broadcasting live at 8:30 pm Eastern.
American SimRacing League is pleased to announce Law Chevrolet Buick as an official league partner and presenting sponsor of the upcoming ASL Super Late Model Tour!
Law Chevrolet Buick is a family-owned dealership located in Boonville, Indiana, that has been serving the Hoosier state and surrounding regions for over a decade. Always a promoter of motorsport, Law Automtive Group extends its support beyond the real life drag strip and into the virtual world of iRacing and American SimRacing League.
The ASL Super Late Model Tour presented by Law Chevrolet Buick kicks off on January 9, 2022 and will be broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook Live by Trackside E-Sports.