After a busy 6 weeks of racing, the Winner Motorsports Group team finally made it back to their hometown track, Glen Helen Raceway. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series came back to Southern California for Rounds 11 & 12, the only night races of the year. The team was hoping to carry over the speed they showed in Crandon, WI into the weekend!
Confidence was high when Cory Winner and team arrived at Glen Helen Raceway. Having made the trip back home and prepping the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite just a few days before heading to the track, the team was ready to kick off the weekend with qualifying on Friday. Having to start in the back for qualifying, Cory quickly found himself catching the tail of the field. Unable to get a clean lap in without traffic, Cory would qualify 10th for Friday night’s race. With a well prepped track and cool temperatures, the conditions for the race were prime. The green flag waved and the field raced into the first turn. Cory made a move in turn 2 putting him in 9th. For the next 6 laps, Winner would battle it out with Ray Griffith for the 8th spot. After the mandatory caution, Cory found himself in defending 7th place from Cole Mamer, who would eventually get by with 2 laps left. With multiple trucks falling off the grid as the final laps progressed, Winner would cross the finish line in 6th place. Knowing now how tough it is to get through the field, Cory knew a better qualifying effort was needed for the next race and knew he had to change his driving style in order to gain positions.
The team did some fine tuning on the truck Saturday morning before qualifying started for Round 12 later that night. Winner headed out with a new plan for qualifying. Having distanced himself from the truck in front, Cory got 2 laps of clean air to improve on his lap times. 7th place is where Cory would start on Saturday night. It was a packed house Saturday night and the fans were ready to watch some intense racing. The leaders took off at the start line and the rest of the pack followed closely behind into the first couple corners. Winner quickly passed Griffith and was looking to advance through the field. Cory then slid on the inside of Deegan and made it stick to jump into the 5th position. As each lap went by, he had created a larger gap between him and the trucks behind until the halfway yellow flag flew. The second half of the race saw a huge battle between Winner and Ronnie Anderson, going back and forth for 4th place while also having to defend from the 6th place truck behind. Cory was gaining on Anderson as the laps dragged on but would eventually run out of time. With a more aggressive driving style and an improved setup, Cory drove his #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite to his first Top 5 of the year in the National series. The team will now shift focus to prepping the truck for Round 13 and the Challenge Cup in Chandler, Arizona on October 21st & 22nd!
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