IRWINDALE, Calif. —Linny White passed Jason Patison with two laps remaining to win the race and the championship of the Pick Your Part Super Late Model Series by .035-second—a few feet–at the Irwindale Event Center Saturday night before a crowd of 3,280.
White, a 36-year-old from Colton, Calif., entered the 50-lap season –ending race on the half-mile oval training Patison and Toni McCray by two points. The finale was the sole of the season for double points, worth 100 for first and 96 for second. White ended with 372, Patison 370. McCray of Highland, Calif., finished fifth in the race and third in the championship with 358.
“It’s the first race I’ve won on the (half-mile) oval at Irwindale and my first Irwindale championship,” White said. “We’ve been close (three second-places this season) and it’s great to win a race and the championship.”
Patison, a 33-year-old from Corona, Calif., started on the outside of the front row next to pole sitter White and roared into the lead at the start. He stayed in front for 45 straight laps, all run under green conditions.
A back marker spun and brought out the caution. Patison had his choice of the inside or the outside for the double-file on lap 46. He picked the inside.
“I wasn’t happy to see that yellow, but it’s part of racing,” Patison said. “Our car had gotten loose with 20 laps to go, so I took the inside. We’d been good down there in the race. But my tires were shot for the five laps at the end.”
White was surprised and pleased to be on the outside for the restart.
“My car was tight and if I’d had to restart on the inside, I wouldn’t have been able to pick the throttle up coming out of the corners,” White said. “I thought, ‘He’s giving me the outside, drive it until you see Jesus.’ It stuck on the outside.”
They traded the lead three times by mere feet at the start/finish timing line. White led lap 46, Patison laps 47 and 48 and White, still on the outside, laps 49 and 50. They touched taking the checkered flag.
Patison made a valiant effort to overtake White in turn two on the 49th lap, trying to slide up in front on the exit, but the oversteering condition—in which the rear swings out and can spin the car—forced him to abort the attempt. He straightened his car and made one last-ditch effort in turn four on the 50th lap and White’s momentum on the outside carried him to victory and the title.
Patison won four of the seven races in the series and also had an open-comp class triumph for five at Irwindale this season. But he had bad luck early, an engine problem that took him out of the opener while leading and a broken shifter on a restart that dropped him from the lead to third in the third race.
“We had a great season, but it ended in disappointment,” Patison said.
Jack Madrid of San Clemente, Calif., finished third and Chris Clyne of Las Vegas, Nev., was fourth.
Ryan Partridge of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., finished third in the 50-lap finale of the Irwindale Race Trucks to clinch the championship. The 26-year-old Partridge also won the Lucas Oil Late Model Twins championship at Irwindale this season. Partridge had seven wins in the 10 truck races and eight in the 19 Late Model races.
“We’re absolutely ecstatic about winning two championships at Irwindale in the same season,” Partridge said.
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Results, Irwindale Event Center, Oct. 18, 2014
Pick Your Part Super Late Models (50 laps): 1. Linny White (Colton), 2. Jason Patison (Corona), 3. Jack Madrid (San Clemente), 4. Chris Clyne (Las Vegas, Nev.), 5. Toni McCray (Highland), 6. Brian Wong (Newport Beach), 7. Derek Becker (Highland), 8. Gail Chase (Chatsworth), 9. Jeff Williams (Newbury Park), 10. Barry Karr (Redlands), 11. Jeffrey Eshleman (Fontana).
Margin of victory: .035-second. Laps led: Patison 1-45, White 46, Patison 47-48, White 49-50. Pole: White 102.881 mph.
Irwindale Race Trucks (50 laps): 1. Joey Licata Jr., 2. Christian McGhee (Claremont), 3. Ryan Partridge (Rancho Cucamonga).
Mini Stocks (35 laps): 1. Aubree Porter (La Verne), 2. Nevada Chovan (Rialto), 3. Garrett Green (Long Beach.
Spears S2 Touring Cars (35 laps): 1. Blaine Perkins (Bakersfield), 2. John Butler (Arcadia), 3. Brandon Weaver (Bakersfield).
Legends (35 laps): 1. Ricky Schlick (Claremont), 2. Chad Schug (Oak Hills), 3. Aaron Wells (Studio City).
Bandoleros (20 laps): 1. Ryan Vargas (La Mirada), 2. Allison Gay (Lakeside), 3. Mckenzie Eshleman (Twin Peaks).
Note: All drivers from California except where noted.