Oseth Captures ProVee Finale
Steve Oseth broke away late from a seven-car battle to capture the season finale of the Valvoline ProVee Series August 12 at Virginia International Raceway.
Starting second, Oseth grabbed the early lead as he slipped low around pole sitter Stevan Davis at turn one. Following Oseth was Donnie Isley and Andres Serrano. Davis tucked in behind the leaders with Greg Bruns, Stephen Schiff, Justin Huffman and Ed Womer in tow.
For most of the race, this group battled for position upfront, frequently changing places throughout the 3.27-mile, 15-turn course. They often stretched out and seemed to lose contact with one another, but then just as quickly bunched up together again like a recoiling spring.
Although Oseth, Isley and Serrano fought each other most of the race for the lead, Bruns and Womer were able to nudge to the front at times. Womer dropped from contention when the transmission broke off from the tail section of the car, locking his car in fourth gear. Bruns slipped back in the pack while Schiff and Huffman maintained pace with the leaders, just enough to keep the pressure on should one of them bobble.
By the 12th of 14 laps, Oseth, Isley and Serrano broke away from the others and turned it into a three-car battle. On the last lap, Oseth broke their draft and eased to his first-ever ProVee win. Rounding out the top five were Isley, Serrano, Bruns and Schiff.
Serrano and Bruns move up the most spots during the race. Andres started eighth and finished third, while Greg started ninth and came home fourth.
It was a tough weekend on racecars because of the hot and humid weather, combined with a long course that required higher engine revolutions. As many as six drivers experienced at least one blown engines. This resulted in a smaller field than expected, as one driver and his teammate went home Friday with a blown engine and three of those still around Sunday didn't run because of mechanical problems. This group included Jim Rainey who qualified sixth, Jim Brookshire (10th) and Chip Leonard (13th).
Brad Stout, St. Louis, clinched his fourth consecutive ProVee season championship with his July win at Indianapolis Raceway Park. By finishing third at VIR, Andres Serrano, Kingwood, Texas, jumped to second in the final season standings. He was followed by Bill Noble, Manhattan, Kan., Don Schanche, Chestefield, Mo., and Lisa Noble, Manhattan, Kan., to round out the top five.
Eagle One champion Charlie Hearn finished ninth at VIR and eighth overall for the season. His Houston teammate, Bill Rowden, took the checker in 11th. With this race, Rowden was able to capture second place in the Eagle One season points battle ahead of Canada's Jessie Mason.