Winner Motorsports Group traveled across the country headed for their next destination, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri! The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series hit the Show-Me State on July 22nd & 23rd for Rounds 7&8. With a track unlike any other on the tour, it was sure to be a weekend for the history books!
With it being a new track, all the teams were eager to practice on Friday and work on setups for the weekend. With a track that has 9 turns, an over-under bridge, a 300 foot “Daytona Turn”, and a huge table top, the racing was definitely not going to disappoint! Saturday morning saw the grandstands already filling up as qualifying began. Cory Winner, driver of the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite, headed out on the track looking to run smooth and consistent laps. Having practiced on the previous day, the team was pretty confident in the setup and tuning they had figured out. When the two minutes of qualifying time was up, he had set the 9th fastest lap time, respectively. Cory would start on the 5th row behind another stacked field. The flag dropped and the race began. Running in 9th, Winner would work his way past Mickey Thomas and Hailie Deegan at the mandatory yellow. With a good first half of the race behind him, Cory put his head down looking to gain a few more positions. Creating a gap between him and the truck behind, he powered his truck passed Christopher Polvoorde in turn 9 with 2 laps to go. Winner would find himself in the 6th spot as he crossed the finish line on the next lap. Having finally put a solid run down on the track, the whole team was happy with the results of Round 7!
Round 8 on Sunday began just like the day before. With a big crowd already at the track for qualifying, it once again was looking like another great day for off-road racing! The Prolites hit the track in the morning as qualifying began. Coming off a strong run on Saturday, Cory Winner and team were looking to have the same success, if not better, than the day before. The clock started and within a few seconds, some of the trucks were already starting to have problems on the track. Without getting a full lap in for qualifying, Cory drove through the rhythm section at speed and chose a different line that did not work well. He ended up breaking multiple parts on the rear end of the #67 Prolite. The crew thrashed to get it repaired and within a couple of hours, it was good as new. Not setting a time in qualifying would mean Cory would start on the back row for the race. Right off the bat there was a spin in turn 1, which he was able to narrowly avoid. Having made some more changes to the truck after the 6th place finish in Round 7, the truck was looking fast once again and the Dirt Logic Shocks were handling the massive table top with ease. With help from his General Tires, he drove from 14th place up to 4th at the halfway yellow flag. Cory charged hard as the second half of the race began. Heading into turn 1, the rear brakes on the truck were gone. He still pushed into turn 2 and made a pass on Ryan Beat to move into 3rd place as they drove around the “Daytona Turn.” Having dropped into 6th place shortly after, Cory hit the rhythm section once again with 2 laps left. Hitting it the same way he did qualifying, it upset the truck and landed directly on the right rear tire as it went over the last bump. The impact was so hard that it ripped the tire off the wheel, ending Cory Winner’s race. Even with the unfortunate incident, the race was a great showing for the team, proving they are improving and can run up front!
Winner Motorsports Group would like to thank our sponsors for their support: Fabtech Motorsports, Ultra Wheel, General Tire, Dirt Logic Shocks, Maxima Racing Oils, Eibach Springs, Impact Safety/Mastercraft, Rhino Wraps, FK Rod Ends, Inland Empire Recycling, QTM Brakes, Motive Gear, Powertrain Industries, Think Technology, Power Steering Solutions, Gary Turner BMX, Crest Coatings, Magnaflow, EMJ, RevChem, Signpros Custom Lettering, and Fleshgear.