Winner Motorsports Group was back at it again at Lake Elsinore, California for round four of the Lucas Oil Regional Fabtech Prolite Challenge. In the first two rounds, Cory Winner was able to sweep the weekend with two wins. The team hopes to build on that momentum after a disappointing weekend in Phoenix just two weeks ago. Mother nature also had some plans up her sleeve delivering some cold, wet, and windy weather to the day making tire grooves much more critical as the track conditions were changing all throughout the day. Both Cory Mac and Cory Winner were looking to better their practice times as the team had some time Friday night to make some last minute changes. Both took the green flag for qualifying, but it was Cory Winner qualifying in the number one spot. Cory Mac, driver of the #66 Fabtech Prolite qualified ninth after a couple of mishaps. Cory stated, “I was really struggling out there to get a clean track. I know the truck is faster than where I finished during qualifying. We will be ready for the race!”
The field was set for the main event. The inversion was four, which meant Cory Winner would start the race outside of row two putting Mason Cullen into the pole position. Cory Mac would start 9th in row five and would have his work cut out for him. As soon as the green flag dropped on Saturday’s Fabtech Prolite Challenge, Mason Cullen, Ray Griffith, Cory Winner, and Jimmy Weitzel started to pull away from the field. Cory Mac would start to work his way up to the seventh spot getting by a couple of trucks. The racing was intense up in the front of the pack with all four drivers going back and forth, banging doors. At the halfway point, it would be Cullen followed by Griffith, then Cory Winner. Cory Mac was still running strong in seventh place.
The green flag waved and immediately there was more of the close intense racing we saw in the first half of the race. Cullen and Griffith would get into each other coming out of turn three allowing Cory Winner, who was right behind them in third, to get by both of them with two laps to go. Cullen and Griffith would regain control and start to fight back for first place, but would run out of real estate, as Cory Winner in the #67 Fabtech / General Tire prolite would take the win. This would be his third win of the season having won all three rounds. Ray Griffith would finish second and Mason Cullen would round out your podium. Cory Mac held his ground finishing the race in seventh place. Cory Winner said, “The truck was a rocket today. They put down a lot of water, which made for a very slippery track in the beginning. Towards the end the Ultra Wheel / General Tire Grabber X3’s started to come in and I was able to get by those guys going into turn four after they got together right in front of me. I could not be happier right now. This is my third win in a row here in the regionals!”
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