Calhoun extends point lead at Richmond
8/21/2020, Author: Dave Nestor
Calhoun celebrating yet another victory in the Great Lakes Truck Series
The Great Lakes Sim Racing Truck Series made its first stop at Richmond Raceway Wednesday for the Richmond 120. Starting off the afternoon, making a strong run in qualifying, was the point leader Keith Calhoun in the number 99 Big Bite Baits Ford. Zach Ahmann in the number 18 Twin Cities Aviation Peak Performance Motorsports Toyota thrashed Calhoun’s time by almost a full tenth of a second to capture first pole of the season and pushing the 99 to the number 2 position.
The race began with Ahmann leading the first 15 laps with the number 48 Cory Harts Media sponsored Peak Performance Motorsports Chevrolet, driven by Christopher Dean, in tow for most of them. Dean would take advantage of a loose entry into turn three by Ahmann to take the lead on lap 16.
Lap 60 would bring out the only caution of the evening due to a single car spin and a hard impact into the inside wall from Travis Iacovacci in his number 25 Down Under Racing’s Over Under Fair Podcast sponsored Ford. In the attempt to avoid Iacovacci’s crash, Ahmann and the number 8 i-Racing sponsored Chevy of Kyle Carroll got together and damaged both trucks. After going back to green it was Calhoun dominating for the next 30 laps. “We had a real strong Ford for the short runs mid race but needed some work for the longer runs” Calhoun said in a post-race interview. Lap 98 would bring on a new leader for the race, Dylan Glass driving the Number 16 NAPA Chevy. Glass said, “Our NAPA Chevy was great on the long runs and I knew if I just saved a little early, we would real in the Big Bite Baits truck”. Glass held the top spot until his green flag pit on lap 115 where Calhoun took over the lead for the last lead change of the night.
Just as most all the short track races go there are a few hot tempers during and after the race. The driver of the #33, Robert Lukens and the driver of the #31 Chris Evans were called to the hauler after a small pushing match after the race. Words were exchanged but neither driver was available for comment. No Penalties were given due the dust up.
Next week the GLSR league will be at Daytona for the Daytona 200.