CHINO, CA – With 4 rounds of racing left, Winner Motorsports Group headed into the Glen Helen darkness for Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Regional Series Fabtech Pro Lite Challenge, for the first and only night race of the season. Cory Winner, driver of the #67 Fabtech / General Tire Pro Lite, is sitting second in points. In 8th place is Cory McClenathan, driver of the #66 Pro Lite, also sponsored by Fabtech and General Tire. Both drivers got some much needed testing in before Glen Helen, and are both looking to improve on their points standings. “I am getting better. My corner speed is getting faster, and overall I feel like the whole truck is getting faster. The guys have put in a lot of hard work getting me this far, and every time I enter the track I feel like I am pushing a lot harder”, said Cory McClenathan driver of the #66.
With qualifying on Saturday, Cory Mac was correct. He improved on his overall lap times from one round ago. Cory Winner wouldn’t be so lucky during qualifying. He was held up by slower traffic, but was still able to manage a 6th spot during qualifying. “I kept getting held up during qualifying, but that’s racing. I’ll just have to be smarter about it next time. 6th spot isn’t that bad, and I’ll just have more work to do as I try to get to that number one spot”, said Cory Winner of the #67. Topping the qualifying order was Brad Deberti, Christopher Polvoorde, Gavin Harlien and Broc Dickerson.
With qualifying over, the team worked hard in the pits making sure both trucks were ready to go come race time. “Now is the time to be spot on. Every thing needs to be as perfect as it can be. We have some points to make up for the championship, but I am confident in the guys that they will give us 2 trucks capable of winning the race”, said Jerrod Wedell – crew chief of both the #66 and #67 Fabtech / General Tire Pro Lites.
Both trucks would line up for the main event. With Cory Winner sitting in the 3rd row and Cory Mac sitting in the 5th row, both drivers were eager to take the green flag under the lights and get to work. The green flag dropped and away we went for Round 5 of the Fabtech Pro Lite Challenge. Brad Deberti led the field to the green flag and immediately started to pull away, followed by Christopher Poloverde and Broc Dickerson. Cory Winner would go into turn 2 of the first lap and lose the brakes completely due to a front brake line fitting failure which would send him backwards. Cory Mac made it through the first few corners and settled in where he would start to battle everyone around him.
Settling in at 7th on the tail of the lead group, Cory Winner would maintain his position to the mandatory caution, while figuring out a technique he could use to drive with only having the rear tire only hand brake functioning. When the green flag dropped again, Cory Winner would make a run in turn two, passing three trucks which launched him into 4th place with half a race to go. Cory Mac would also work his way by a couple of trucks and get up to 7th place. Brad Deberti still held the lead, followed by Gavin Harlien, and after making quick work of Wymann, Cory Winner was now sitting in 3rd. With the race winding down, Cory Winner found himself gaining on second place with 2 laps to go. Cory Mac would also get by another truck moving him into 6th place. When the checkered flag waved, it was Brad Deberti with another win, Gavin Harlien would finish second, and Cory Winner would finish on the box again in 3rd place. Cory Mac finished the race in 6th place with a solid performance.
It was a solid night for the #66, #67 and the entire Winner Motorsports Group operation. “It was a challenging night out there, but it’s all a learning experience and we made the best out of a bad situation. We ran with several national series racers tonight with only rear brakes, so I think that says a lot about the hard work this team puts in”, said Cory Winner.
The overall points changed a bit after Round 5. Cory Winner would still sit in second place behind Deberti. Cory Mac managed to jump a spot to the 7th spot just two points behind 6th.
The next race for Winner Motorsports Group will be the TORC Series in Crandon, Wisconsin, September 2nd through the 4th at Crandon International Raceway. Up next is the Lucas Oil Regional Series at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on September 10th & 11th. Look for Cory Winner to do battle with the top names of the sport. Event information can be found at www.torcseries.com.
Cory would like to thank his sponsors: Fabtech, Dirt Logic, General Tire, Ultra Wheel, Maxima Racing Oils, Traxxas, Impact Safety, Motive Gear, Signpros, Powertrain Industries, Eibach, Inland Empire Recycling, QTM Brakes, Power Steering Solutions, Gary Turner BMX, and THINK Technology.