Johnny Avila picked up his second win of the season, taking the checkered flag at the Charlotte Roval. Avila pulled off the clean sweep of both road course races this season and a 1-2 finish with AW Motorsports teammate Hunter Waters.
The Indianapolis winner Waters appeared poised to win back-to-back races after winning the pole and leading for much of the first 29 minutes of the 30-minute timed race. Avila made the pass on the infield section on the final lap and held on for the narrow victory. Joshua Sarif, Duane Hunt and Michael Trevarthen rounded out the top five.
The second race of the double-header featured vintage restrictor plate style competition at the venerable Talladega Superspeedway. Much like their real-world counterparts in the COVID era, the drivers took to the track with no practice and put down a qualifying lap. Kyle Bromir took home his first career pole.
Five laps into the race, the first “big one” occurred when Calum McNicol was sent sideways at the front of the field. The wreck took out many contenders, leaving only 11 drivers able to keep up with the lead draft after the caution flag.
After a green flag pit stop shuffled up the running order, the second large accident of the night occurred when the lead pack made contact with the damaged lapped car of Ray Polking. About 10 cars were collected in the wreck.
On the final lap, underdog Andrew Chapman battled with Bentley Glaser for the lead in a three lap shootout. Attempting to clear Chapman on the backstretch, Glaser pulled down to the bottom lane but made contact with the most of Chapman’s Camaro, which sent Glaser spinning at the front of the pack.
After the smoke cleared, Chapman, Hunter Waters and Ross Cado were the last three remaining cars at the front. Cado managed to edge ahead of Chapman approaching the finish line and took home his first career victory. The win secures a playoff spot for Cado with only two races remaining in the regular season.
The ASL Elite Series heads to Pensacola, Florida for the Snowball 175 on March 14. Be sure to catch all the action live on Trackside Racing Network.