The Les Enterprises MP Roy Inc Upstate Racing League Pro Late Model Series rolled into the Stafford Motor Speedway for VTFantasyRacing.com 150. Heading into racing action, Nicklas Rasmussen held the points lead in the Tents of Champlain Points Standings. Would he leave with the lead?
Justin Fuller would win the NHR Pole Award and start the race with last week’s winner Brandon Oddo to his outside. The race would run green to checkers, with a lot of tight racing up front. Third place starter AJ Hamel would pressure Oddo and Fuller for much of the first part of the race. Points leader Nicklas Rasmussen would run with the front three but would begin to fade late. Oddo and Hamel were all over Fuller as the race began to head towards its conclusion.
Seventeenth place starter Stefan Marinak would enter the fray with twenty five laps remaining. Stefan would drive up and pass everybody and take the lead. Contact from Brandon Oddo would send Stefan spinning, but no caution would come out. The contact gave the lead back to Justin Fuller with AJ Hamel in second, and Al Smith Jr. right there in third. Hamel would try all he could to get past Fuller, but chose to race cleanly and come home with another second place finish. Justin Fuller would win, followed by Hamel, Smith Jr., Oddo, and Brian Rogers Jr. in the top five. Donny Lia won both the Nein Shiza Autosport Rookie of the Race Award and the HaagTV Hard Charger Award (21st to 7th).
With just two races remaining, Justin Fuller has taken over the points lead by one point over Nicklas Rasmussen. AJ Hamel sits in third just four points back followed by Brandon Oddo (seven back), and Al Smith Jr. (fifteen back) in the top five.
Next week, the series head to the Five Flags Speedway for the penultimate race of the season, the CKF Construction 175. Coverage begins on LSRTV starting live at 9:30 PM EST. Stay tuned to the site and the Facebook page regarding all news and updates for the league. We’ll see you at Five Flags!
CKF Construction Official Results:
VTFantasyRacing.com 150 Results: 1. JUSTIN FULLER (C), 2. AJ Hamel (C), 3. Al Smith Jr. (C), 4. Brandon Oddo (C), 5. Brian Rogers Jr. (C), 6. CJ LaVair (C), 7. Donny Lia (R), 8. Nicklas Rasmussen (C), 9. James McIntyre Jr. (R), 10. Shawn Cool (R), 11. Alex Orians (R)(-1L), 12. John Ada (C)(-1L), 13. AJ Bunch (C)(-1L), 14. Justin MacDuff (C)(-1L), 15. Mike Holtsclaw (-2L), 16. Dan Dubuque (-4L), 17. Stefan Marinak (C)(-5L), 18. Cale Frennier (C)(-5L), 19. Jay Dubuque (-6L), 20. Mike Fortier (R)(-7L), 21. Jason Stehney (R)(-103L)
Provisionals (15 points): Jay Dee Callahan, Erik Haag