Johnny Avila’s last road course visit in the ASL Elite Series ended in heartbreak, but he wouldn’t be denied in a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. With the victory, Avila bounced back strong from a disappointing start to the season and secures a spot in the playoff grid with a Top 25 points finish.
Avila started from the pole, led 25 of 35 laps and held off strong challenges from Bentley Glaser and Steve Yenisch to secure the victory. Watkins Glen marked Avila’s fourth career pole and fourth career win, which ties him for the all-time lead in both categories.
As a designated crown jewel race, the event featured a stage break at halfway, which awarded 10 points to stage winner Adam Matz. The stage break added an interesting strategy component, with several drivers staying out to earn stage points, and most of the field pitting under green in an effort to gain better field position coming out of the caution. Unfortunately, pit strategy miscues cost a few drivers dearly, as they lost a lap under green flag while others stayed out, causing them to take wavearounds prior to resuming the race.
The exciting Bristol Motor Speedway is next up for the Elite Series. As the third of four crown jewel races, Daytona winner Josh Connors and Avila remain eligible for a $25 consolation prize if they can win the remaining two crown jewel events.