Donnie Isley continued his "Moroso Mastery" by winning the season opener of the Valvoline ProVee Series for the third consecutive year at Moroso Motorsports Park, January 13, near West Palm Beach, Fla. Isley claimed the pole with a quick time of...
Donnie Isley continued his "Moroso Mastery" by winning the season opener of the Valvoline ProVee Series for the third consecutive year at Moroso Motorsports Park, January 13, near West Palm Beach, Fla.
Isley claimed the pole with a quick time of 1:38.829 in his Goodyear/Agitator Race Cars Agitator, just a twitch under 82 miles per hour. Starting on the outside of the first row was Steve Oseth in his Hoosier Tire/Castle Concrete Corporation Caracal D with a time of 1:39.047.
The next three starters, all driving Mysterians, recorded times within 0.69 of a second of each other. Alabama's Brian Keck nabbed the third quickest time in 1:39.124. Mark Richardson put his Enginuity LTD race car fourth on the grid with a time of 1:39.159. David Watson out of Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, was fifth with 1:39.193 in his Jeremy Workshop Custom Jewelry sponsored vehicle.
After a wave-off, Isley led the field of 22 cars from the green in the 30-minute timed race. Oseth tucked in behind and stayed in Isley's draft for the first few laps, even nudging into the lead on the third lap. Oseth spun a couple of laps later, which allowed Isley to pull away from the field and open up a lead of nearly six seconds late in the race.
Oseth's spin dropped him to fourth and into a battle for second with Watson and Don Schanche. This trio traded positions most every lap until Schanche spun his Noble Engine/Hoosier/Vortech race car on lap eight and dropped from contention.
From 17th on the grid, Stevan Davis moved up to 11th on the first racing lap (second official lap). Davis, driving his Quaker State sponsored Racer's Wage, broke into the top 10 at eighth two laps later and edged his way to fourth on the eighth lap. He narrowed the gap from third and moved into the battle for second place, with Watson and Oseth, by lap 11.
Davis slowly distanced himself from the pair and continued his charge to the front, but he didn't catch Isley, who took the checker by a comfortable 4.7 seconds.
Watson completed the podium by taking third. Greg Bruns was fourth in his Roxanne's Headers/Noble Engines/Hoosier Vector after starting 11th. Oseth rounded out the top five.
Isley has recorded all three of his career ProVee wins have been at Moroso.
Our next event is February 15-17, 2002, at Texas World Speedway as part of the Texas Region SCCA Polar Prix double national event.