Avila Makes Last-Lap Pass for Championship

In perhaps the most exciting championship finish in ASL history, Johnny Avila made a bold last-lap pass for both the race win and the ASL Elite Series championship clock trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Avila pitted for tires 8 laps after Steve Yenisch, who held pace with Avila over the entirety of the race. While Avila gave up about 9 seconds on track during the pit cycle, he took advantage of the tire advantage late in the race and ran Yenisch down in the closing laps. Finally, on the last lap, Avila got alongside Yenisch and completed the pass in Turn 4.

The other championship competitors, Duane Hunt and Adam Matz unfortunately weren’t much of a factor. Matz was involved in a crash with Derek Pemberton, which brought out the lone unscheduled yellow of the race. Hunt finished 6th, about 15 seconds back of the leaders after suffering damage earlier in the race.

Tyler Saville, Hunter Waters and Patrick Desaulnier completed the Top 5. For Desaulnier, he finished the season strong, posting his first top 5 of the season, and second straight Top 10.

The Elite Series returns September 12 in the NASCAR Next Gen Cars. Drivers interested in joining ASL for the new season are invited to apply on the league website at http://www.americansimracingleague.com.

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