CHINO, CA – Rounds 6-7 of the Lucas Oil Regional Series hit Lake Elsinore on September 10th and 11th. After a successful first race in Crandon, Wisconsin, the Winner Motorsports Group team was full of confidence coming into the race weekend. Cory Winner, driver of the #67 Fabtech Prolite, was looking to keep his podium streak alive coming off 4 straight podium finishes in the previous rounds.
Qualifying for Saturday’s race began in the morning. Cory went out and pulled the 2nd fastest time in the class right behind Brad DeBerti. The inversion for the race was 6 positions so Cory would have to start on the 3rd row. When the green flag waved, all the trucks went into a very slick turn 1. Cory was able to find some traction and shoot out of the corner in 3rd place, drag racing Jimmy Weitzel towards the step up jump. Another truck had spun in the next corner which put Cory in a side by side fight for the lead with Christopher Polvoorde for the first half of the race. At the halfway caution, DeBerti had caught up and was putting pressure on Cory for the 2nd position. Having got around him in Turn 1, Cory raced DeBerti down the back stretch and made contact with him in mid-air. Luckily they both saved the almost near wreck and it was Cory who had regained 2nd place and held it all the way to the checkered flag. After the race Cory said, “I felt like we had the speed and could have got the win but I was just feeling too much of the pressure of the truck behind me lost a lot of ground.” Now his 5th straight podium, the team was looking for the same success on Sunday.
The heat of Lake Elsinore had dried the track out for qualifying on Sunday, but Cory was able to still get the fastest lap time and the top spot for Round 7. The green flag dropped and Cory was on a mission to get the win. He made it out of turn 1 in 2nd right behind DeBerti once again. They both battled it out for 6 laps having pulled 20 car lengths on the trucks behind them. The other racers caught up at the mandatory caution and as the green flag waved for the final time, Cory felt the pressure once again of the other trucks behind him. With Polvoorde gaining, Cory hit a rut in turn 1 and got pushed out into a dirt wall. Gathering it back up, he raced neck and neck for the next lap until bicycling the truck and having to check up, letting 2nd place go by. Cory drove his #67 prolite to a 3rd place, collecting another podium. The team knew if not for those last minute mistakes, they would have battled for the lead all the way to the end. Still sitting in 2nd place points, Cory is looking to improve for the final race of the season on October 8!
Cory would like to thank his sponsors: Fabtech, Dirt Logic, Ultra Wheel, General Tire, Impact Safety, Maxima Oil, SignPros, Motive Gear, Eibach, Powertrain Industries, Think Technology, QTM Brakes, PCI Race Radios, Power Steering Solutions, Gary Turner BMX, and Inland Empire Recycling.