Gann Wins at Phoenix; Cray Qualifies For Playoffs

In his first career ASL Elite Series start, part-time driver Justin Gann stole the show, winning at Phoenix Raceway, in an action-packed regular season finale. Gann steadily worked his way through the field after restarting in 16th place on Lap 52, and found himself amongst the leaders late in the race. Gann assumed the lead from Duane Hunt with 8 laps to go, and held off the hard-charging polesitter Johnny Avila for his first career ASL victory.

Hunt was in the picture much of the night and assumed the lead from Jeff Yenisch with 12 laps remaining. Yenisch led a race-high 67 laps, however faded late after staying out on old tires when most of the leaders had pitted for fresh rubber with 20 laps remaining. Yenisch had used his last set of tires with 50 laps remaining and was unable to hold off the faster cars behind him on late restarts and faded to 11th.

While the fight for the race lead was intense throughout the night, the focus was also on a tight battle between Charlie Woods, Ricki Williams and Todd Cray for the final playoff spot. Entering Phoenix, Cray trailed Williams and Woods by five points for the final spot. An early accident involving Woods spelled doom for Woods’ hopes and ended up handing Cray a comfortable path to the playoffs.

Bentley Glaser solidified the regular season championship, posting a sixth place finish. Adam Matz and Jesse Bunnell did enough to wrap up a spot in the Top 3 of points, finishing 14th and 7th, respectively.

The first round of the playoffs is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on November 14. Trackside E-Sports will begin their live coverage at 8:20 pm Eastern Time on YouTube and Facebook Live!


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