CORONA, California – The Spray Nine Race of Champions and the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts both will come to an end Saturday (November 18) at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The RAM Mounts 100 Shootout presented by Spray Nine is the traditional season ending event for the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Modifieds and as has been the case for the past three years, this one is all about the money.
The 10-race championship season is over. That ended three weeks ago in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where Taylor Miinch punctuated his first series championship with his fourth win of the year and Michael Mitchell finished his DJ Safety Rookie of the Year season with a 10th-place finish.
What hasn’t been decided is the Spray Nine Race of Champions, a mini-series within the series that is worth $2,000 in bonus money to the nine drivers accumulating the most points in the events here and at Bakersfield and Irwindale, California. That’s what will be determined by this weekend’s two-part main event, along with who’ll take home $3,000 for winning a race that will be shown live on LucasOilRacing.TV, the streaming 24-hour subscription motor sports network.
The Spray Nine Race of Champions began February 11 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, with Austin Barnes taking the win over Scott Winters and Ryan Partridge and Miinch won round two August 19 at Irwindale, California, with Partridge and Winters following him across the finish line.
Those results have left Tracy, California’s, Winters and Rancho Cucamonga, California, resident Partridge sharing the role of title favorite, both with 138 points. Close behind them are Jason Irwin of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with 126 points after finishes of fourth and seventh; Eric Hamilton of Hanford, California, with 114; and Doug Hamm of North Las Vegas with 106.
It’s probable that one of those five will emerge as the Race of Champions champion since Miinch didn’t race at Kern County and is 13th in the standings and Barnes isn’t among the entries.
They’ll be part of a 30-car starting field that will race 50 laps, take a 20- or 30-minute break during which they’ll be allowed to make adjustments but not change tires on the cars, and then race for another 50 laps on the fast 3/8-mile paved oval.
The Spray Nine Race of Champions race winner will get 75 points and second 70. After that there’s a 2-point drop for each finishing position, down to 14 points for 30th.
Miinch won at The Bullring in May and in November 2015 and Partridge was in the winner’s circle after this race a year ago. Linny White, who’s 12 points behind Hamm, was the winner in May of 2016.
The RAM Mounts 100 Shootout presented by Spray Nine will share The Bullring’s West Coast Short Track Championships spotlight with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour, Jr. Late Models and USAC HPD Midgets.
Adult general admission is $12 and may be purchased online at lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444. Gates will open at 2 p.m. RAM Mounts 100 Shootout qualifying is scheduled for 2:30 and racing will get under way following opening ceremonies an the National Anthem at 5 p.m.
-Lucas Oil Modified Series Press Release & Photo