The 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series kicked off on April 14th at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ! It was a sure to be a packed house full of fans wanting to see some short course racing under the night sky!
Cory Winner and team made the trip to Arizona to gain some momentum and valuable seat time on a fast yet technical track. Winner, driver of the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite headed out to practice on Friday to fine tune the truck before Saturday nights race. After a flawless two practice runs, the team was confident going into the race as Cory was 5th fastest in both sessions out of 15 trucks. With minor changes to setup overnight, the team worked on getting the truck ready and set for qualifying on Saturday!
Qualifying took place during the afternoon and the Prolites were the second to last class on the track, which meant that a rough qualifying course was in store. Trying not to push too hard in qualifying, Cory set out and started his pace. After a few disappointing laps, he was sitting in 7th with just a few more minutes left to lay down some solid laps. He picked it up and focused on picking his lines carefully. Winner shaved a half second off his previous times and would once again be in the 5th spot at the end of qualifying. With an inversion of 6, Cory would start on the front row next to the #6 of Brandon Arthur. It was a stacked field so Cory knew the start would be extra important. The green flag waved and it was a 4 way battle for the top spots heading into the first turn. Cory would move back to 3rd and would battle for position with Mickey Thomas and Brock Heger for the next lap. Settling into the top 5 after lap 4, Cory wanted to show he was meant to run up with the pack, but before he could fight his way back up, the truck had a mechanical issue causing a small fire. The truck went back to the hot pits and the WMG crew went to work to fix the problem and sent Cory back out on the track to gain points. Being 4 laps down, the only thing he could do was try to get more practice and improve his driving skill on that track. Passing 4 cars on the final lap, he would go on to finish the race in 14th place. After the race Cory said, “I was feeling really comfortable all weekend here so it’s a shame what happened tonight, especially early on. I felt like we had a strong truck all weekend and had a good shot at a podium spot but we’ll get it all fixed up and move onto the next one.” Despite a dissatisfying result, the team had a lot of positive takeaways from the weekend and will use them going forward.
Winner Motorsports Group would like to thank our sponsors for their support:
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