Hunter Waters held off a hard-charging Bentley Glaser at the line to win the Jenkins Construction Brickyard 175. Waters’ first career ASL Elite Series victory would not come easily, as his strategy of staying out on old tires at the end of the race left him vulnerable to several drivers behind him who came to the pits when a late-race caution was thrown with six laps remaining.
Prior to the late caution, the race looked to be coming down to fuel strategy, with several drivers at the front conserving fuel or hoping for the late caution. However, the late incident between Kyle Bromir and Duane Hunt on the front stretch significantly changed the complexion of the race.
Waters, Josh Connors, Derek Pemberton and Patrick Desaulnier all stayed out on old tires to finish the race, with most of the rest of the field lining up behind them on fresh tires. Predictably, this led to late chaos, with two incidents in the final laps taking out several contenders late. Desaulnier, Jeff Hollingsworth, Joshua Sarif and Jeff Yenisch all took heavy damage in incidents, and fell to the back. At the end, Waters had just enough speed and displayed some impressive blocking skill to close out the victory over Glaser. Connors, Trent Ringler and Levi Poland rounded out the top 5.
The ASL Elite Series’ first double-header is scheduled on Sunday, March 7, with the Charlotte Roval and Talladega. Catch all the action live on Trackside Racing Network at 8:20 pm eastern.