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John Abbott Grabs Talladega Glory
Survival was the name of the game as netcode reared her ugly head on Friday night. Two large wrecks decimated the 32 truck field and at the halfway point there were less than a dozen drivers left to settle it among themselves with many more limping around trying to log laps. Returning from a mid-season hiatus, David Comstock led a race-high 18 laps and was poised to resume his winning ways but John Abbott had other plans. After a restart with 7 to go, he made his move with pushing help from Bobby Terrell to take the checkers at Talladega.
Scott Eckrich is Cup Champion
Scott Eckrich wins at Homestead in a walk off ending to his Championship season. Scott would visit victory lane 7 times during the season including twice during the final 10 race chase. His 20 top fives and 26 top tens on the season would be rivaled only by season runner up, David Washington ( 6 wins | 15 top five | 20 top ten ). An impressive series debut season, indeed.
Eckrich joins four other champions or the fifth champ in five seasons. Last years champ Dwayne Vincent attempted to be the first two time champion but his attempt came up a little short with a second place finish. Dave Washington and Mike Kelley came home in third and fourth. All top four championship drivers finished in the top four so the championship drivers were able to race for the trophy.
Speaking of trophy, Brennan Mercer Trucking will be shipping the huge Cup trophy to Eckrich. Pictures will be coming soon. Another successful season is in the books. Join us in February at Daytona for the 6th Annual FTC.
Stefan Marinak Wins Fourth Championship at RSR
The =RSR= Outlaw Truck series rolled into the Homestead speedway for Championship weekend. This was the 16th and final race that would have some great story lines from the get go. The biggest story to hit the speedway was Championship contender and outside pole sitter Bobby Terrell had electrical issues that had him start from the pits and miss the green flag start.
At the drop of the flag, it was Byron Daley an outsider stealing the pole and dominating the early parts of the race leading a total of 64 laps. Championship contenders Mathews, Vincent, and Marinak would all race inside the top ten, with Terrell not in contention for the first half of the event. It would be a timely caution that would turn the day around for the #14 of Terrell as he would find his way to the front of the field.
This was mostly a green flag event with the field only slowing three times for a total of 12 laps. This would come down to green flag pit stops and with the #14 of Bobby Terrell out front dominating it was the early stops that made the difference in deciding who was going to bring home the trophies. The biggest winner was soon to be crowned Champion Marinak who would take the lead after the pit stop cycle.
Nobody could hold off race winner Byron Daley but behind the #06 it was a very exciting as the #13 of Dewayne Vincent would start making his move toward the championship. With the freshest tires, Bobby Terrell would have to drive from the 10th place only to fall short by one position at the drop of the checkered flag. Stefan Marinak would hold off Bobby Terrell, Dewayne Vincent, and Tim Mathews to take the Outlaw Truck series title for 2016.
Marinak adds this championship to his 2013 Asphalt Assault (Full Season 32 Events), Outlaw Truck 2015 and Asphalt Assault 2016.
With the Outlaw truck series coming to an end its the start of a new series coming to =RSR= on Wednesday night. The championship series will move back in time for the =RSR= Winston Cup Series using the K&N cars and competing in 11 straight events from Daytona to Atlanta Motor speedway. Series sign ups are open and the green flag will drop on November 30,2016.
Story and Photos by Joey Gattina
Simley Victorious at Kentucky