Lance captures PCRA finale at Tri-City
PONTOON BEACH, Ill. (Oct. 14) — Steve Lance Jr. of Cuba, Ill., used a lap-18 slide job at Tri-City Speedway and led the rest of the way Friday at Tri-City Speedway to win the finale on the Pro Crate Racing Association.
Lance took the checkers in the season-ending event ahead of Nick Lyons of Centralia, Ill., who wrapped up the championship on the first-year series for Crate Late Models.
Pole-starting Rick Salter of Albers, Ill., was third followed by Bobby Martintoni of Livingston, Ill., and Bobby Dauderman of Alhambra, Ill.
Salter and Jason Zobrist of Highland, Ill., started on the front row at the 3/8-mile oval and battled for the lead several laps before Salter took command on the eighth lap. Lance took up the chase and slid past Salter to take the lead on the 18th lap, leading the rest of the way of the caution-free feature.
Lyons earned $2,500 of his championship, which was confirmed on Sunday when series officials inspected his crate engine to assure it was legal.
Notes: Lance's Rayburn Race Car is sponsored by McAdams Trucking, Frederick Motorsports and Shear Attitudes. ... Lyons, who finished 38 points ahead of series runner-up Bobby Dauderman, earned $2,500 for his PCRA championship. Dauderman earned $1,500 and third-place series finisher Tim Ratajczyk earned $1,200. The top 10 points finishers were paid. ... Chad Zobrist won a consolation race at Tri-City but was disqualified when he was too light at the scales. ... Matt Taylor suffered the same fate after winning a heat race. ... Matt's father Dick Taylor made a 21st-to-ninth run to earn Hyperco Hard Charger honors. ... Among drivers failing to make the main event: Jake Griffin, Matt Beadles, Jason Suhre, Mike Hammerle and Matt Weidner.
Pro Crate Racing Association Championship: (1) Steve Lance Jr., (2) Nick Lyons, (3) Rick Salter, (4) Bobby Martintoni, (5) Bobby Dauderman, (6) Jason Zobrist, (7) Dustin Griffin, (8) Scott Weber, (9) Dick Taylor, (10) Casey Montague, (11) Tim Ratajczyk, (12) Gordy Gundaker, (13) Jeremy Hines, (14) Matt Taylor, (15) Mark Oller, (16) Daniel Heck, (17) Brad Yotter, (18) Roben Huffman, (19) Aaron Heck, (20) Ed Dixon, (21) Rylan Dagg. Heat race winners (among 44 cars): Oller, Weber, J. Zobrist, Griffin. Consolation winners: D. Taylor, D. Heck.