Last night the Coach’s Corner Upstate Racing League Pro Late Model Series stormed into a sunny Five Flags Speedway for the halfway race of the regular season, the Snowflake 100. Fresh off of his second win of the season, defending series champion Matt Kocher and his Team Vincere teammate Brad Carpenter would make up the front row, with Brad scoring his first career Rumar Vinyl Creations Quick Time Award!
Carpenter would get the jump on the initial start as his teammate would be left to fend off challenges from the Zero9 Racing Toyota Camry entry of Guillaume Fortin, and the 70 machine driven by Dillon Canova. The high line was not the place to be for Kocher, as he would end up losing another spot to the current Brian Rogers Motorsports Rookie of the Year points leader Kris Stump before being able to fall in line in front of pseudo teammate Shawn Cool.
As the race moved past the one-third mark the battle for the lead would heat up. Guillaume Fortin would close in on the back bumper of Brad Carpenter and start to look for a way by him. Contact between the two on lap 37 would give Fortin the lead, as Carpenter would ultimately end up falling to fourth after the contact. It wouldn’t be smooth sailing for Fortin though, as he would face a big challenge on the outside from another Brian Rogers Motorsports Rookie of the Year contender, Dillon Canova. The battle between these two would bring Kris Stump up to them, along with Justin MacDuff who had worked past both Vincere entries as the race for the lead continued to rage on.
The race would be slowed for it’s only caution on lap 49, as the 9 machine driven by Alex Orians would make heavy contact with the outside retaining wall after contact with another vehicle. Fortin would lead the field back to the green flag with Canova on his outside. On the restart Stump would work past Canova for second as Matt Kocher would get by MacDuff for position number four. Canova would continue to fall back on the outside as MacDuff would get by him to move back into fourth.
It wasn’t long after the restart when Kris Stump decided to make his move for the lead! On lap 66 Stump would get a great run off of turn two to take the lead from Fortin. Unfortuntely for Fortin, he would get hung on the outside and fall all the way back to fifth, with Kocher, MacDuff, and Shawn Cool also getting by. Kris Stump would not look back, leading the rest of the race and holding off the season’s two dominant cars of Kocher and MacDuff to grab his first career URL win! Kocher would settle for second, MacDuff was third, Shawn Cool was fourth, and Blake Near rounded out the top five. Kris Stump picked up both the Beth’s Colorful Creations Clean Driver Award as well as the Brian Rogers Motorsports Rookie of the Race Award. Kris’ Empire Racing Team teammate AJ Hamel was the hard charger (19th to 8th).
Defending champion Kocher continues to lead the Art’s Barber Shop Points Standings over Justin MacDuff as we have gone under crossed flags on the regular season. The series remains in Florida next week, heading to the USA International Speedway for the NHR 100. Coverage begins at 9PM EST on MaxSpeedTV, with Roger Muth and Kelly Dahl calling the action.
Upstate Racing League Coach’s Corner Pro Late Model Series – Snowflake 100 – Official Results: 1. KRIS STUMP, 2. Matt Kocher, 3. Justin MacDuff, 4. Shawn Cool, 5. Blake Near, 6. Guillaume Fortin, 7. Brad Carpenter, 8. AJ Hamel, 9. Steph Marinak, 10. Dillon Canova, 11. Al Smith Jr., 12. Jeremy Carpenter, 13. Bryan Hacker, 14. Danny Dubuque, 15. Will Drevicky, 16. Andy Lambert, 17. James McIntyre Jr., 18. Brian Rogers Jr., 19. Paul Henley, 20. Josh Mayeu, 21. Wayne MacDuff III, 22. Matt Roll, 23. Alex Orians, 24. Brett Bartels, 25. Jake Watson, 26. Mike Holtsclaw
DNQ: Thomas Mitteer II, Doug Wysocki, Jay Dubuque