ARCA Menards Series regular Parker Retzlaff passed Devon Morgan late, then held him off in a three-lap shootout to win his third Western Super Series race of the season at the virtual Milwaukee Mile, taking the points lead in the process. The Wisconsin teenager led 39 of the 80 laps on his way to the win, beating out the Speed51 Elite Snowball Derby and Chili Bash winner to boot at the historic facility in his home state.
Retzlaff could not put any distance between himself and Morgan after wrestling the lead away with just over 10 laps to go. A late yellow came out, setting up a three-lap dash for the checkered flag. It was a rare time the leader was happy for a late yellow, as Morgan struggled on the final restart and Retzlaff pulled away.
For Retzlaff, it was redemption after failing to win at Milwaukee after leading on the final lap last season, as well as after a subpar result at Bristol Motor Speedway in the last series race.
“It really helped me, he was stuck on the outside so I thought I was really good,” Retzlaff said on the broadcast. “It ended up working out for me. I wanted a good race after Bristol, Bristol really sucked for me.”
Retzlaff led early before Morgan took the lead for the middle chunk of the 80-lap event. While watching the No. 112 pull away from the pack, Retzlaff was sure to stick to his gameplan and bank for a late yellow.
“I was just letting him go, he was going a lot harder than I was at the beginning. I wasn’t going to try to keep that pace, I was going to try to keep the tires on it.”
It appeared Devon Morgan would cruise to yet another sim racing victory on Speed51, but ultimately could not hold off Retzlaff, finishing second after struggling on the final restart and passing Treyton Lapcevich for the runner-up spot on the final lap.
Overall, Morgan was pleased with the result after not getting any track time before qualifying.
“I missed practice, qualified P10 and I was pretty happy with that after not getting any laps. I was trying to ride and figure out the setup as we went,” Morgan said. “We ended up getting to the front pretty quick there.”
Kyle Larr, Joe Burchett, and Racin Vernon rounded out the top five after a wild last restart.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3