The inaugural season of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League began at Crandon International Raceway on June 9th & 10th! Cory Winner and team were ready to kick the year off and start battling for a Championship back in the Midwest for a 4 weekend, 8 race season!
The Winner Motorsports Group team arrived in Crandon, WI for an action packed weekend of racing. Having finished 8th and 4th place at this track back in 2017, the team was looking for more quality finishes that weekend. Practice was scheduled for Friday afternoon but the weather wasn’t cooperating. With the heavy rain Friday, qualifying was cancelled for Saturday’s race. Thunderstorms hovered around the track all day and by the time the Pro Classes we’re set to begin, race control decided to postpone the rest of races set for that day. The skies had cleared up by the time Sunday came around and everyone was ready to finally hit the track! With qualifying cancelled once again, the truck setup for the morning race was pretty much a guess. When the time came around, the Prolight class started to line up on the start line for the land rush start. The green flag waved and everyone raced to get into turn one first. Cory Winner exited the first turn in 6th. The rain fall that occurred all weekend long had created a very slick and muddy course. It developed into a one-lined track which made it difficult for passing. Cory battled track condition and tear-off malfunctions during the race and was only able to make up one position to finish in 5th place. The team looked to make changes to improve the truck before the afternoon race.
The sun shined for the rest of Sunday and dried the track out for the Sportsman and Pro classes. Changes were made to the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolight to ensure a better finish for the 2nd race of the day. Cory lined up in the 5th spot on the start line for the final time that weekend. As the flagman dropped the green once again, all the trucks went roaring into the first turn neck and neck. Winner raced down the front stretch and made a pass to move into 4th place in turn 2. Cory would follow the #21 of Cam Reimers for the first half the race, keeping pressure on him until the mandatory caution. The trucks were all bunched together again for the restart on lap 6. The top 5 were all on each other’s bumpers going into turn 3. Winner had driven door to door next to Reimers and went outside to inside to make a pass for 3rd place. He then made up more ground on the Kleiman brothers on the next lap and eventually passed the #48 of Cody Kleiman in turn 5 to move into 2nd place. Cory then pushed his truck to try and gain as much time as he could on the leader, but would run out of time after putting in a last lap charge for the lead. At the checkered flag it was Kyle Kleiman in 1st, Cory Winner in 2nd, and Cam Reimers in 3rd. It was Cory’s first pro podium and a decent points weekend for the team! They will look to make up some more ground in the Midwest Championship at Rounds 3 & 4 in Elk River, MN!
Winner Motorsports Group would like to thank our sponsors for their support: Fabtech Motorsports, RaceGlass Inc, General Tire, Dirt Logic Shocks, Ultra Wheels, Maxima Racing Oils, Eibach Springs, Impact Safety/Mastercraft, FK Rod Ends, Inland Empire Recycling, QTM Brakes, Motive Gear, Powertrain Industries, MPI Innovations, Power Steering Solutions, Magnaflow, Signpros Custom Lettering, and RevChem Composites!