Season Opener at AAS
The PCS had a very healthy start to our 2015 season with a strong 20 car field for our season opener at All American Speedway. All of our teams had their cars looking great and getting around the track as fast as ever. Not just one but several cars bested our fastest PCS times from last year including eventual winner Shannon Mansch. John Moore showed that he was ready to jump back into late model racing in style by setting fast time in his #27 Camaro Lefthander, prepaired by Ty Joiner, with a blistering 13.27 with several others just a tick behind that.Trophy dash winner Travis Milburn turned the fastest lap of the race while fighting to a strong 3rd place finish.
The first PCS race of the season was not without incident as a first lap tangle took out 3rd place qualifier #88 Bryce Napier, #31 Matt Yapelli and#39 Jimmy Stillman.The race saw numerous cautions and delays which is unusual for a PCS race. On lap 57, 2014 PCS champion, #6 Mike Beeler and #18 Travis Milburn got together while fighting for the lead spot and both spun off the track, ending Beeler’s night. #18 Milburn would restart in the rear and charge his way back to the 3rd spot in the time curfew shortened race.The #61 AAS veteran racer Shannon Mansch took advantage of the melee between the two leaders and gained the lead on the restart, knowing the race was running out of time,for her first PCS series win!The #14 of John Dalerio who had been patiently biding his time all race charged to a strong second place finish,his best PCS finish to date as well.
The #44 of Ron Chunn brought a strong 4th place finish home to the C&H racing team. The #20 of Cole Moore finished a very respectable 5th in his first late model start and seemed to really enjoy that he got to race with (and beat) his dad (John Moore) at this event.
#38 Hollis Thackeray( one of our youngest competitors) finished his night in one piece in the 6th position.#33 Don Swartz, who is more commonly seen racing modifieds at AAS, finished in 7th.Newcomer and young gun #52 Hunter Corbit who started in the pole position, after the 8 invert draw and lead laps in the early part of the race,finished eighth in his first late model start.
Unfortunately due to time constraints and many cautions in both the North State mod race earlier in the night and the PCS event the race was shortened and flagged on lap 66. My thanks go out to all of our teams for all their hard work it takes to get these cars prepared every race. I especially want to thank all our awesome PCS race fans who came out in big numbers to cheer us on.
We are looking forward to our next race on May 9th in Ukiah. Hopefully with all the first race of the season gremlins behind us we can bring some good clean racing to our fans over there.