Matt Kocher comes in hot on the heels of Justin MacDuff as the two have thrown punches early in the season! 34 others look to take them down as the tour heads to Southern National tonight!
Last Thursday the Upstate Racing League Coach’s Corner Pro Late Model Series stormed into the Irwindale Speedway for the FloMcNasty_TV 100 after three long off weeks. Last season’s Most Improved Driver Award winner Shawn Cool would start from the Rumar Vinyl Creations Quick Time Pole position, with Blake Near to his outside.
Cool would fend off hard charges from Near over the race’s opening circuits. Third place starter AJ Hamel would throw his number 18 Toyota Camry into the mix for the lead, but unfortunately on lap eight Near would squeeze Hamel into an opening sending both cars into the wall hard. Both drivers would continue on as the yellow did not come out. The contact allowed Jake Watson and Kris Stump to move up to second and third, respectively.
Cool would continue to lead as a new driver would emerge within the top five. Justin MacDuff, the winner of the season opener at Iowa and ninth place starter on the evening would work his way into the top five and make quick work of Stump and Watson to move into second. MacDuff would then go on to erase Cool’s lead and work to his inside to try to take over the top spot. Cool would not make it easy on him, but his best proved to not be enough as MacDuff took the lead over on lap twenty-three and set his sights on two wins in a row.
Enter Sandman. Defending series champion Matt Kocher began to pick his way through the field and as the race clicked past halfway Kocher set his sights on the number 20 of MacDuff. On lap sixty-nine, Kocher would take over the top spot and set sail. Kocher would not look back, and in a race that was not slowed by any cautions Kocher would pick up his first win of the season over MacDuff, Stefan Marinak, Kris Stump, and Jake Watson in the top five.
After two races, Justin MacDuff leads the Art’s Barber Shop Points Standings over Matt Kocher by just three points. Andy Lambert holds the final Chase position by three points over Shawn Cool with eight races remaining before the regular season finale. Kris Stump leads the Brian Rogers Motorsports Rookie of the Year Standings by six points over Andy Lambert.
Next week, the series heads to the Southern National Motorsports Park for the Hanson’s Starter Shop 100. Coverage begins at 9PM EST on MaxSpeedTV with group qualifying. Will someone new find their way to victory lane? Find out next Thursday night!
FloMcNasty_TV 100 at Irwindale Official Results: 1. MATT KOCHER, 2. Justin MacDuff, 3. Steph Marinak, 4. Kris Stump, 5. Jake Watson, 6. Shawn Cool, 7. Blake Near, 8. James McIntyre Jr., 9. Brad Carpenter, 10. Will Drevicky, 11. Al Smith Jr., 12. AJ Hamel, 13. Brian Rogers Jr., 14. Andy Lambert, 15. Dillon Canova, 16. Josh Mayeu, 17. Rex Hoyle, 18. Mark Royer, 19. Jeremy Line-Watkins, 20. Brett Bartels, 21. Wayne MacDuff III, 22. Paul Henley, 23. Thomas Mitteer II, 24. Danny Dubuque, 25. Guillaume Fortin, 26. AJ Childs
DNQ: Mike Holtsclaw, Matt Roll, John Mignacca, Jeremy Carpenter, Scott Naslund, Doug Wysocki, Jay Dubuque, Tony Rice
Provisionals: Alex Orians, Bryan Hacker
After a 2 week off period the cars and stars of the Coach’s Corner Pro Late Model Series heads to California for the FloMcNasty TV 100. Race one winner Justin MacDuff will lead a field hungry to take the checker flag! It all starts with qualifying as only 26 drivers of the 36 registered will make the show! Coverage begins at 9pm est on MaxSpeed TV!
After a long offseason that saw a new title sponsor join the Upstate Racing League Pro Late Model Series, the 2018 – 2019 Coach’s Corner Pro Late Model Series kicked off Thursday night with the league’s annual trip to Iowa. As the league embarks on a new relationship with title sponsor Coach’s Corner, it was only fitting that the first race was called the Coach’s Corner Lead Off 108. Brian Rogers Motorsports Rookie of the Year contender Kris Stump started his rookie season off strong by winning the Rumar Vinyl Creations Quick Time Pole Award. Kris’ Empire Racing Team teammate Justin MacDuff started to his outside.
Stump would power away in his Ronald McDonald House sponsored Toyota Camry on the initial start, but it wouldn’t be long before Justin MacDuff began to track him down. On lap 11, MacDuff was able to get by Stump and set his sights on running away from the field. The field would be slowed for the first time on lap 26, after a spin by “The Bossman,” Al Smith Jr. MacDuff would hold off a challenge from his teammates Stump and Stefan Marinak on the ensuing restart, as “Rocket Fuel” Shawn Cool would wheel his number 24 Chevrolet powered machine into the mix up front.
The yellow flag would fly again on lap 36 for a spinning Doug Wysocki machine. On the restart, MacDuff would pull out to a lead again fending off challenges from Cool, Marinak, and Stump. At this point, defending series champion Matt Kocher would crack the top five after starting the race from the ninth place position. What would end up being the longest green flag run of the race would be slowed on lap 61. Kocher would battle door to door with Marinak on the next restart as MacDuff continued to lead.
Kocher would eventually clear Marinak and set his sights on the lead car of MacDuff as the race began to wind down. Kocher would never be able to close the gap and challenge, as MacDuff would hang on and win the race in dominating fashion, leading 97 of 108 laps for his first career win! Defending champ Matt Kocher would finish in second, Stefan Marinak in third, a hard charging AJ Hamel would finish fourth, and Dillon Canova would round out the top five. Taking home the accolades for the Beth’s Colorful Creations Clean Driver Award and the Upstate Racing Hard Charger Award were Justin MacDuff and Jeremy Carpenter, respectively. Kris Stump was the highest finishing Brian Rogers Motorsports Rookie of the Year Candidate. Toyota scores the first victory in the manufacturers battle.
The series is off until 11/1, when the cars and stars of the URL head into the Lucas Oil Raceway for the Coach’s Corner 100! Coverage begins on 11/1 at 9 PM EST on MaxSpeedTV. Be sure to check the Facebook page and website often to stay up to date on everything URL. We’ll see you at the track!
Coach’s Corner 108 Official Results: 1. JUSTIN MACDUFF, 2. Matt Kocher, 3. Stefan Marinak, 4. AJ Hamel, 5. Dillon Canova, 6. Rex Hoyle, 7. Kris Stump, 8. Alex Orians, 9. John Mignacca, 10. Dan Dubuque, 11. James McIntyre Jr., 12. Brian Rogers Jr., 13. Andy Lambert, 14. Jeremy Carpenter, 15. Tony Rice, 16. Mark Royer, 17. Thomas Mitteer II, 18. Jeremy Watkins, 19. Mike Holtsclaw, 20. AJ Childs, 21. Brett Bartels, 22. Shawn Cool, 23. Blake Near, 24. Al Smith Jr., 25. Josh Mayeu, 26. Douglas Wysocki, 27. Matthew Roll, 28. Will Drevicky, 29. Jake Watson, 30. Jay Dubuque, 31. Scott Naslund, 32. Wayne MacDuff III, 33. Bryan Hacker
Provisionals: Guillaume Fortin, Paul Henley
Tonight we waive the green flag on the 2018-2019 Coach’s Corner Pro Late Model Series!