CORONA, California – Ever hear that comment athletes sometimes make about going from the penthouse to the outhouse in a matter of minutes or hours?
Scott Winters can tell you what it feels like to do it “in one corner” because that’s almost what happened to him Saturday night (July 25) during the K&N Filters Great Salt Lake 75 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah.
The Tracy, California, driver had gone into the sixth race of the Lucas Oil Modified Series championship season leading the Hoosier Tire West standings by a slim 2 points over 2012 champion Austin Barnes and Taylor Miinch, with reigning champion Dylan Cappello 15 points back in fourth and Jason Irwin in fifth, 22 behind.
With 10 laps remaining in the 75-lap contest Cappello, Barnes and Winters occupied the top three spots on the leaderboard with Jack Madrid fourth, Lynn Hardy fifth and Irwin sixth.
Three laps later, on a single-file restart after a caution flag, Winters said his car sputtered slightly in Turn 1 and he and Madrid made contact. By the time the incident reached a conclusion both badly-damaged cars were sitting on the back straightaway of the 3/8-mile track,and Winters was en route from first to fifth in the standings when Cappello edged Barnes in a sliding finish that was the closest in series history, Irwin finished third and Miinch was fifth.
That’s not quite the outhouse, but Winters could see it from there. Winters said the car has extensive body and suspension damage but the Ferrari-Kramer Racing team hasn’t yet determined if the frame is bent.
The results made Barnes the leader for the second time this season by 6 points over Miinch, the El Cajon, California, driver who is the only one to have finished in the top seven in every race. Cappello is 2 points farther back in third after a slow start to the season, Irwin is 20 points behind in fourth and Winters trails by 34 points.
Two-time champion Jim Mardis (-44), Matthew Hicks and Doug Hamm (both -74), Kyle Tellstrom (-88) and Madrid (-92) round out the top 10. In all, 56 drivers have scored points this season.
The series will take a welcome break until August 29, when the LoanMart Super Fast 100 presented by K&N Filters will take the drivers to Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California, for the first time since early September of 2010.
The winner of that race was Mardis, the 2010-2011 champion who has a series record streak of winning at least one race in six straight seasons. The Yucaipa, California, driver also is a past track champion at Orange Show Speedway, a tight quarter-mile oval that is the oldest continually-operated race track in the state of California. Winters also won there in 2008, in his only appearance at the track.
Since opening in May of 1947 Orange Show Speedway has had at least one race every year and has gone from dirt to asphalt to dirt and back to asphalt.
For more information on the track visit www.theorangeshowspeedway.com.
The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart is supported by a potent marketing concept known as “Team Lucas” whose members include General Tire, GEICO, E3 Spark Plugs, Optima Batteries, Carlyle Tools, Kawasaki, AutoMeter, iON Cameras, Speedco Truck Lube and Tire, BILSTEIN Shocks, LoanMart and SuperClean.
Additional sponsorship is provided by Lucas Oil Products, Protect the Harvest, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, K&N Filters, Aero Racing Wheels, ASI Racewear, Bosch, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Frank’s Radios, Racing Plus and DJ Safety.
Detailed information on the series is available at www.LucasOilModifieds.com.
-Lucas Oil Modified Series Press Release & Photo