Last Thursday the cars and stars of the Upstate Racing League White Knuckle Clothing Inc. Pro Late Model Series headed to the Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Allied Financial Partners 150. Heading into the penultimate race of the Chase, Matt Kocher held a nine point advantage over championship rival Stefan Marinak and would win his series leading fifth Rumar Vinyl Speed Demon Pole Award. Stefan Marinak would have to start from the rear after his time was disallowed due to a penalty leaving pit road.
Kocher would dominate early, and would maintain a slim lead over defending series champion Nicklas Rasmussen. Stefan Marinak would begin to move forward but was faced with a huge uphill climb to get to his rival for the championship. A few yellows early would bring the field together multiple times and allow Stefan to move up into the top six. A yellow at lap fifty nine would allow the drivers of Al Smith Jr., Justin MacDuff, and AJ Hamel to come down and take their allotted four tires to try and play some strategy.
Kocher would continue leading on the restart and easily pulled away from the rest of the field while the fresh tired trio began to work their way forward. Hamel would make the most progress, getting all the way up to second before the yellow flag would fly spoiling his strategy. The rest of the field would take their tires which left Hamel and Nicklas Rasmussen on the front row as sitting ducks with twenty eight laps to go. They would fight valiantly, but eventually Marinak and Kocher would both get by. Marinak ended up coming out with the lead and the stage was set for a showdown over the closing laps of the race.
Marinak would fight as hard as he could, but Matt Kocher would not be denied. Kocher would slide on by and pull away to win his eighth race of the season! Marinak would rally from shotgun on the field to finish second and collect the Team Bushfink Racing Hard Charger Award and more impressively the Joker eSports Squeaky Clean Driver of the Race Award! Rasmussen held on for third, followed by Scott Naslund, and Rex Hoyle in the top five.
Matt Kocher now leads the Art’s Barber Shop Points Standings by eleven points over Stefan Marinak heading into the season closing Chasing the Checkers 200 at New Smyrna. Kocher also leads the Brian Rogers Motorsports Slammin’ the Dew Rookie of the Year Standings by three points over Scott Naslund. Can Kocher become the first driver to win both in the same season? Find out next Thursday at 9:30 PM EST on LSRTV!
Tonight is the penultimate race and Matt Kocher enjoys a 9 point lead over championship rival Stefan Marinak as the cars and stars of the White Knuckle Clothing Pro Late Model Series heads to Myrtle Beach Speedway and the running … Continue reading →
Last week the URL White Knuckle Clothing Inc. Pro Late Model Series headed to the Southern National Motorsports Park for the middle race of the Chase for the championship. Matt Kocher entered the night as the leader of the Art’s Barber Shop Points Standings and grabbed the Rumar Vinyl Creations Speed Demon Pole Award. Shawn Cool started on the outside of row number one.
Kocher would lead the early stages of the race until Jake Watson would advance from his third starting spot to take the lead. Kocher would settle into second with his rival for the championship, Stefan Marinak hot on his heels. Marinak would eventually get by Kocher and set his sights on leader Jake Watson as the laps ticked into the thirties. Watson would fend off Marinak until the fifty eighth circuit, when Marinak would slide by on the inside with Kocher in tow.
Marinak would lead until the eighty eighth lap, when pole sitter Matt Kocher would retake the lead. The first of two yellows would fly on lap 101 when Jay Dubuque cut across the nose of the Green Mountain Madman AJ Hamel. This would allow the lead lap cars to come down and take tires, but strategy was employed by Shawn Cool and Nicklas Rasmussen who elected to stay out. Cool would assume the lead on the restart with Rasmussen to his inside.
It wasn’t long before the fresh tires of Matt Kocher and Stefan Marinak would fly on by as Cool and Rasmussen fell into the clutches of the rest of the field. While they ran side by side with a log jam behind them, Kocher and Marinak battled side by side for the lead! The two exchanged cross overs and slide jobs but never made contact. The field would be bunched back up again however when the second yellow flew with 27 laps to go.
Kocher would get a good jump on the ensuing restart and never look back, picking up his series high seventh win of the season! Marinak would have to settle for second, followed by Al Smith Jr. in third, Shawn Cool in fourth, and Rex Hoyle in the fifth spot. Kocher also picked up the Joker’s eSports Squeaky Clean Driver of the Race Award. Nicklas Rasmuseen was the Team Bushfink Racing Hard Charger Award Winner by moving from 13th to 6th!
With two races left, Matt Kocher leads Stefan Marinak by nine points in the Art’s Barber Shop Points Standings. Kocher also leads the Brian Rogers Motorsports Slammin’ the Dew Rookie of the Year Points Standings by two points over Big Shot Scott Naslund. Tomorrow night, the series heads to the Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Allied Financial Partners 150. Coverage begins at 9:30 PM EST on LSRTV.