Truex True at Lime Rock, Extends Slim Points Lead
Ryan Truex led the last 17 laps, including surviving a green-white-checker finish that extended the race three laps more than the scheduled 83, to win the Mohegan Sun 200 NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Lime Rock Park. Finishing second was Eddie MacDonald, who professed pre-race that all he wanted to do was “survive and go home!” E-Mac finished 1.4 seconds behind Truex for his best-ever road course result, while third was Skip Barber instructor Jason Holehouse in what was also his best-ever NASCAR finish.
Truex came into Lime Rock as the Camping World East points leader over Jody Lavender, 1,227 to 1,201, and now leaves the track leading MacDonald by 50, 1,412 to 1,362 (Lavender drops to third in points, with 1,325). Truex’s first CWSE win was this year, at another road course, Watkins Glen. He got his first oval win at Thompson a few weeks later.
The Lime Rock polesitter, Matt DiBenedetto, had taken the lead for the second time on lap 32 (after relinquishing P1 to Truex after his pit stop) and was still up front – with a 9-second gap – when he got caught up in an accident in the Uphill involving hard-luck Matt Kobyluck (the local favorite was many laps down thanks to his unsolved fuel-contamination problem from yesterday’s qualifying), who spun, tagged the wall and got tagged by Matt Kurzejewski, whom then DiBenedetto ran into.
Another local, Jonathan Smith of Beacon Falls, was going great and was running in the top five late in the race until some shuffling in the Downhill caught the youngster out and he put it in the wall.
Under beautiful skies and a healthy race-day crowd, the Mohegan Sun 200 saw just four caution periods for a total of 18 laps.
In the two USERA Spec Racer Ford races, the morning 80-lap enduro was won by Lee McNeish over Robert Reed and Skip Barber instructor Roy Albertalli, while the afternoon sprint race was also a McNeish benefit, winning by 3 seconds over Herb Sweeney. Third was Jason Barfield.
In the USERA Formula Car Challenge morning 30-lapper, Matt Scheider bested Shawn Morrison and Joe Sammut; the afternoon’s race was won by Matt Schneider, with Shawn Morrison second and Dennis McCarthy third.
POST-RACE AUDIO WITH EDDIE MACDONALD AND JASON HOLEHOUSE
POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH RYAN TRUEX
POST RACE VIDEO WITH EDDIE MACDONALD
POST RACE VIDEO WITH TRUEX CREW CHIEF MIKE GRECCI