Just one week before the season championships, emotions run high and drivers realize it is one of their last chances to win before the year is over. With the intensity hyped up, a couple drivers rose to the occasion while others will have to wait until next week to try again for the final time of the year.
Lucas Foster was the one on top of the Schaeffer Oil Hornet Series at the end of the night. This was Fosters second win of the season, and he has been the only one to outrun Drew Nickell all year. After contact mid-race sent Nickell spinning, he was only able to rebound to second place at the bitter end. With the effort Nickell has put forth this season, he has clinched the 2019 season championship.
Thanks to a good starting position and a fast car, Kurt Bohnsack was able to go the distance and hold off the field for his first victory of the year in the Anderson Automotive Hobby Stocks. Bohnsack crossed the line ahead of Matt LaCoursiere and Jim Hanson. After a strong season, Hanson has clinched the 2019 season championship.
It was a photo finish in the Cassill Motors Sport Mods, which came down to a difference of a couple feet. Scott Williams led the race until Jason Doyle grabbed the momentum on the high side and had just enough to cross the line as the leader. With his 6th win, Doyle will be the 2019 season champion.
Another first time winner this week, this time Kacey Korsmo took his first visit to victory lane in the Bulltown Legends Series. Holding off his father at the end, Kacey led the entire feature on his way to the win. Despite having the most wins on the season, Dave McCalla will not have a chance at the championship with a hard incident that will likely end his year early. With just enough points, Kevin Korsmo will clinch the 2019 season championship one race early.
The battle that everyone is keeping their eye on got almost as tight as possible heading into the final race. With a heat race & feature sweep, Cory Houdek made up seven points on Braxton Franks–which leaves the championship to just one point between the two. Houdek grabbed his 5th win of the season, and it was enough to keep him right in the title fight.
Although the AIRS Vintage Series has seen Matt Hudspeth crazy fast in the last couple races, a late-race battle put Scott Fridley in contention for the championship heading into the final race. Fridley made the pass on Hudspeth to capture his first win of the year. This puts three drivers in the hunt mathematically, but just two points separates Fridley from Hudspeth heading into this week.
Next week is the season finale which includes features only from all of our 2019 weekly series, a champions celebration, post-race party on the track with the opportunity to see all the stars and cars up close, and more!
Admission is only $5 for adults/seniors, and children 8 & under are FREE!
Photos by Ed Siems