Former Seekonk Speedway Late Model champion Ryan Kuhn picked up another win in the virtual world Thursday night, this time with the Seekonk Speedway Road Trip Tour at Southern National Motorsports Park. It was his second win in five days, after winning the Rowdy Energy Super Select Series race at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday.
The Massachusetts driver started fifth and took the lead of a restart on lap-52, going largely uncontested the rest of the way. It was the second win for Kuhn in Seekonk Speedway sim racing competition, having won the #LetsGoRacingv250 at the end of March.
“It was a very good race, a lot of big dogs up front. I love to see that. It was just an all-around fun race,” Kuhn said on the broadcast. “A good start, it got a little hairy in the middle, but it ended up good for me. Very happy with the result.”
Restarts were key in the outcome of the race, with plenty of them to go around toward the end of the 150-lap event. Kuhn used the rules to his advantage to stay out front time and time again after each restart.
“I went at the same spot, the rule was you could stay a couple car lengths behind the pace car. The pace car usually pulls off and if you’re right near it the green flag just comes out. I’m glad Kyle (Souza) let us stay a couple car lengths back as the pace car goes off and the green flag goes out. I think that’s what helped the leaders on a lot of the restarts.”
Behind Kuhn, a battle for second ended with contact between Thomas Axsom and Ryan Doucette ended with Doucette spinning in turn four and collecting several others. Axsom received a penalty for his role in the incident and was relegated to an eighth-place finish.
Brandon Wilkinson would inherit the runner-up finishing position after Axsom was penalized. With his past history in a Super Late Model at Southern National, he considered the result a win.
“Overall, it was a good night. I struggle here pretty good in a Super at least, to come here and look this bad coming off our win in the Tour car in the Elite Series a couple weeks ago, it doesn’t look too well but we’ll take it.”
Jake Matheson, PJ Evans, and Gio Ruggerio rounded out the top-five.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3