The Lucas Oil Regional Series-SoCal arrived at Lake Elsinore, CA for Rounds 5-6 of the year. Having come off 3 straight wins in the previous rounds, Cory Winner, driver of the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite, was looking to extend that streak and extend the points lead. #66 Fabtech Prolite driver Cory McClenathan was also looking for some more speed and hopefully a spot on the podium.
A freshly groomed track and cool weather assured for an almost perfect track Saturday morning for qualifying. The team hit the track trying to lay down the fastest time. With another stacked field at the Regionals, it was looking like it was anyone’s game. Cory Winner pulled out in front to clean air and focused on laying down consistent lap times. After 5 laps, Cory would run the 2nd quickest lap time, behind LOORRS racer Brandon Arthur. Cory Mac would qualify 8th. With a 6 car inversion, Cory Winner would start on the 3rd row, right in front of his teammate.
The track for the race looked prime as well. Off the start, Keatts would lead them into turn 1 with Winner and Mac running in 6th and 7th. By lap 4, Winner had made his way up to 4th and made a pass on Jimmy Weitzel for 3rd as the mandatory caution flag waved at the halfway point. The line up would stay in the second half. Arthur had opened up a gap that Winner couldn’t make up in time. He would wind up finishing 2nd with Cory Mac finishing in 8th. “Truck ran flawless today. We have a pretty good setup here at Lake Elsinore for this truck,” said Crew Chief Jerrod Wedell. “Now we just have to work on being a little more aggressive in certain areas of the track and make up a little more time.”
Sunday qualifying began early in the morning and the team was ready to give it another shot. The #66 truck of Cory Mac went out and laid down the 7th fastest time after encountering a problem, which limited his lap count. Cory Winner in the #67 truck drove out and started turning his laps. By the end of qualifying, Cory finished 2nd quickest once again, .06 seconds off the leader. The inversion was 6 positions.
The race Sunday saw the exact same line up as Saturday. Difference was this time, the track had a ton of water on it which made the track very slick for the entirety of the race. When the green flag waved, Cory Winner had made 2 passes in the first turn and 2 more in the next turn, putting him in the 2nd spot by turn 3. Brandon Arthur had slipped by on the next lap as he and Cory would focus on chasing down Mason Cullen in 1st. On lap 5, Cullen would spin out, which put Winner in 2nd place at the yellow. Cory Mac was sitting in the 7th spot behind Burgess. With the group all bunched up again ,Cory Winner set his sights on the number 1 spot. Weitzel in 3rd was not backing down though and pressured Winner the whole second half of the race, letting Arthur open his gap even more. When the checkered flag waved, it was Cory Winner in the #67 Fabtech/General Tire truck in 2nd and the #66 Fabtech Prolite of Cory Mac in 9th. After the race, Winner stated, “The track was super wet today. Luckily my General Tire X3’s and Ultra Wheel combo once again helped me rip through the cushion and get me on the podium for the 5th straight time. The truck had no issues and I couldn’t thank everyone enough for another successful weekend of racing!”
Winner Motorsports Group would like to thank our sponsors for their support:
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