Defending league champion Steve Yenisch pulled away late to win the inaugural ASL All-Star Race. After pitting for left side tires during the final stage break, Yenisch took right side tires while the rest of the field only took gas, which allowed him to overtake the pack and seal the victory.
To begin the night, the All-Star Open featured some fresh faces at the front, with Duane Hunt, Patrick Desaulnier and Tyler Saville winning the three stages. Derek Pemberton looked to be in position to win the second stage, however he was booted out of the way on the final lap, opening the door for Desaulnier to prevail; fortunately, he was able to fall back on the Trackside Network broadcaster’s vote to make the main event. Mark Jenkins ran the fastest lap of the Open and was the final transfer into the main event.
Desaulnier continued his strong showing in the main event, winning the opening stage of the feature race. Todd Guess won the second stage, but made contact with Desaulnier while battling for the lead in the final stage, ending his race prematurely. Adam Matz and Duane Hunt tried to stretch their fuel during the final stage, but were forced to pit with four laps left, handing the lead to Yenisch, who pulled away from Saville and Josh Connors in the closing laps.
The Elite Series gets back to points racing and the first round of the playoffs Sunday 8/8 at Auto Club Speedway. Catch all the action live on Trackside Racing Network!