Familiar faces abound during quali and it was no surprise that overall P2 from 2018 Spencer Russell was dominating. Between himself, Pietro Moro, and Owen Lerman, the three were the only drivers to have breached the sub one-minute mark with the 3 fastest times.
|1)||Spencer Russell [2R]||59.628|
It wasn’t long until Russell would flee the pack from the green flag, so the fighting would be amongst a slew of drivers such as Randy McKee and Tyler Redman. The former showed the most mettle this time around; there was no stopping him as he dispatched one competitor after another, eventually forcing Redman to P3 after a long grip on second honors.
Heat 1A Results
|1)||Spencer Russell [2R]|
Lead changes abound in heat 1B: this was an action-packed one as the top pack of drivers constantly shuffled with each passing lap. It was between Donnie Clarke and Vladimir Orlov as the two would exchange for the top step constantly with each pass at the line.
Heat 1B Results
Owen Lerman set himself as the driver to beat, and likely will be for the season, as he remained untouched for the duration of the final heat. Ronnie Swaim Jr also put on a strong showing, throwing his name in the pot of potentials to watch for the year. James Lieser would come up from a mid-pack start to grab P3 just behind Swaim, a driver that would also not see his P2 position taken away from him for even a moment.
Heat 1C Results
|2)||Ronnie Swaim Jr|
C-Mains are always a tough one– a lot of newcomers fill up the field, making for
|5)||Pablo de la Hoya|
We normally don’t see Doug Yauney in the B-Main these days but an earlier penalty in the day relegated him to a
While Lerman would hold the torch for the first few laps of the A-Main, Russell would steal it clean way with fellow teammate Lieser slotting in behind to try and get away from the rest. This wasn’t going to be a walk-away type of race though. Lerman, Clarke, and McKee continued to stay hot on their heels, never letting any semblance of a gap to develop. McKee made his presence known at every corner and negotiated a better upwards path for himself than the rest. By the checkered, Russell would earn the win, followed by Lieser and McKee.
In the end, it’s only the first round of the year so as we know, anything still goes. Talking championship though, we must exclude 2R driver Russell and then we are left with multiple drivers tied for P1: Randy McKee, James Lieser, and Donnie Clarke. McKee has proven in past years that he’s got what it takes to win races but you throw in the wild card that is Lieser and who knows what will happen. Round 2 is only 3 short weeks away and we may start seeing solid showings for the Winter Sub-championship early on!
A-Main Top 10 Results
|1)||Spencer Russell [2R]|
|5)||Ronnie Swaim Jr|
Sprint 2019 Current Standings
|1)||Spencer Russell [2R]||300|
|4)||Ronnie Swaim Jr||275|