The Winner Motorsports Group team headed for the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah for Rounds 5 & 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, looking to bounce back from a bad-luck weekend in Arizona for Rounds 1 & 2. Cory Winner, driver of the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite, was looking to lay down a few laps and get more comfortable learning his way around the track.
Track conditions were wet for Saturday’s qualifying session. Cory, only having 9 laps on the track for practice, went out and qualified 11th. Having made some changes to truck setup, Cory focused on the upcoming race. At the drop of the green flag, Cory drove up to 8th when the power steering on the truck started to fail, causing him to have to slow down in order to regain control. The tempatures on the truck also started to rise as the race went on. Instead of risking damaging parts on the #67, Cory decided to play it safe. He limped the truck around the track in order to finish and earn championship points. He finished off the day in 11th place out of 16 trucks. After the race, Cory said, “I was starting to feel a little more comfortable out on the track around laps 3 and 4 but that’s when we started having issues. We will make a few changes, repair the damage, and move onto Round 6 tomorrow. If we have better qualifying times and run a few more consistent laps, I think that will be a huge confidence booster.”
Heading out Sunday, Cory was looking for some clean air to be able to get a few good laps in for qualifying. The truck setup was close and Cory improved his lap times that weekend every time he went on the course. Sunday saw Cory qualify in 10th place, a second off of the leader. Starting on the 5th row, Cory wanted to have a better showing for Round 6. At the start he raced side by side with Ray Griffith trying to gain the 9th position. By lap 4, Cory was up to 8th and while making a pass for the 7th spot, spun out in a very slick area on the inside of turn 5. That mistake would let the rest of the field pass and Cory would have to try and regain positions from the back of the field. Cory caught up to the #23 truck and would get by with 4 laps to go, only after taking on heavy contact for a good portion of the race. With a torn up race truck, Cory would drive the #67 Fabtech/General Tire truck to a 9th place finish. “My lap times were improving and I definetly believe we had a top 5 truck. What happened on the track today was just really unfortunate. All we can do now is get everything fixed and ready for the next rounds.”, stated Winner.
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