A Dirt Midget and Sprint Car racer might have seemed an unlikely candidate to win the Figure 8 Nationals. For Chance Crum, however, success on a Figure 8 track runs in the family.
The Western Super Series took part in a 66-lap game of chicken with Tour-Type Modifieds at the virtual Irwindale Speedway for round three of the Evergreen Speedway Showcase Series. The event provided lots of nail-biting action throughout the night, with many of the top stars falling victim to the attrition associated with Figure 8 racing.
Crum ultimately took the win in the event, which proved to be a special one for the Snohomish, Washington native. Crum’s grandfather, Wayne Crum, was inducted into the Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame in 2017 and a three-time Figure 8 Champion at Evergreen.
“I want to dedicate this win to my grandpa,” Crum said on the broadcast. “He used to race Figure 8s at Evergreen. It’s cool to come to the Evergreen Figure 8 race and get the win.”
With my grandpa Wayne in the @EVGSpeedway Hall of Fame and his long history of Figure 8 racing there, it was pretty special to win this race tonight on iRacing! Excited to pick up the cool trophy they made for the event! https://t.co/Q7ecSaN0JG
— Chance Crum (@chancecrum83) April 15, 2020
Crum went on to win the race by a comfortable margin, but also had his share of problems. He was spun out of the lead by Garrett Sisk just before the halfway point, but would quickly regain it after Sisk was involved in a collision at the intersection.
Crum did his best to avoid carnage as cars met in the middle of the Figure 8 circuit, but admitted it was challenging at times with the sightlines in the virtual vehicles.
“I was trying to watch the best I can, it’s really hard to see out of these cars. It was really stressful. My buddy Tristan Haider spotted for me and he helped me a lot. I got to work with my other friend Kole Raz throughout that race. It was really cool.”
Ohio Street Stock racer Collin Penn joined the Northwest stars in the Figure 8 Nationals and finished second after playing it safe throughout the race.
“For the most part I was just kind of riding. I knew there was going to be a lot of carnage and I was trying to keep the nose clean,” he said. “You’ve got to be in it to win it and you can’t win it if you’re wrecked on lap four.”
Trenton Moriarity, Dillon Huffines, and Kole Raz rounded out the top five.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3