CRANDON EXCITES AS THE 2019 LUCAS OIL MIDWEST SHORT COURSE LEAGUE SEASON BEGINS!
The first race of the 2019 Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League season raced it’s way into Crandon International Off-Road Raceway on June 15th and 16th to huge crowds! It was sure to be a busy, action packed weekend of racing as Cory Winner and Winner Motorsports Group set out to show the rest of the Pro 2 competition they mean business!
In Midwest fashion, rain had cancelled practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday. With no seat time in the truck at Crandon, Cory was slotted to start in the 7th spot on the land rush starting line. The flag man waved the green flag and 14 Pro 2 trucks soared into the infamous turn. Cory had come out of the corner in 3rd place and looked to put a gap on the trucks behind him early. The #67 Fabtech/General Tire/ Ultra Wheel Pro 2 was keeping pace with the 2 trucks in front of Kyle Kleiman and Chad Hord. Cory was able to get around Hord after an issue and focused on catching Kleiman before the halfway caution. Within striking distance on lap 5, Winner drove around Kleiman in the barn turn and was in the lead as the caution flag came out. Off the restart, Cory lead the rest of the field into the gravel pit turn, only to get hit on the inside and pushed out wide, letting 3 trucks by. Winner knew he had to regain focus and continue running that same pace. After 2 laps, he was able to get around the #15 of Carlson and put himself back in a podium spot. Time would eventually run out though and at the checkered, Winner had brought home the team’s first podium in the Pro 2 class in their first race! After a great start to the weekend, the team turned their focus to Sunday’s races and finding more speed to stay up front!
The weather had cleared up and there was nothing but sunshine on Sunday at Crandon. With changes made to the truck after Saturday’s race, Winner headed out for qualifying. Track was in excellent condition and after 3 laps, Winner had laid down the 4th fastest lap time. Battling some setup on the truck during the weekend, the team made some more changes before the 2nd round of racing. Once again lined up on the starting grid, all 14 trucks roared into the first turn after the wave of the green flag! Cory had gotten a good start once again and exited turn 1 battling for 4th. The top 5 trucks in the class continued to battle it out as they did on Saturday. Winner was trying to keep up with the trucks in front and was still in 4th place when the mandatory caution flag dropped. With 4 laps remaining, Cory knew it was going to be a challenge to make up positions. At the restart, he held 4th until the Argonne turn but then was passed by Carlson. Having no pressure from the trucks behind, he tried pushing forward but unfortunately couldn’t regain his position. Winner drove the #67 Fabtech/General Tire/Ultra Wheel Pro 2 to a respectable 5th place finish on Sunday. After a solid points weekend, the team looks to improve before 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, Hypercoil, Impact Safety, FK Rod Ends, Inland Empire Recycling, Motive Gear, Driveshaft Pro, MPI Innovations, Power Steering Solutions, Dynamic Motorsports, Rancho Performance Transaxles, and KGB Customs!