Slaughter Cashes In On Crystal Clay CRYSTAL, MICH - Defending champion Robbin Slaughter, in his own Carmen's Vacuum-NAPA Auto Parts Ford Ranger, chalked up his second consecutive ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series victory Saturday night on the ...
Slaughter Cashes In On Crystal Clay
CRYSTAL, MICH - Defending champion Robbin Slaughter, in his own Carmen's Vacuum-NAPA Auto Parts Ford Ranger, chalked up his second consecutive ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series victory Saturday night on the 1/3-mile Crystal Motor Speedway clay oval in Crystal, Michigan.
The current point leader passed veteran Jack Weethee 15 laps deep into the 50 lap main event, and then worked hard to hold him off to score his seventh career ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series victory. The win, his seventh on tour, ties Slaughter with Chad Guinn as all-time winners in the relatively new touring series.
"Racing on dirt is pretty new to us, but I can tell you we're liking it more all the time," said Slaughter. "I'd like to thank my crew chief Tom Cumbow who, like always, had the truck dialed in right off the trailer. The whole crew works so hard, and it shows."
Weethee, who earned the Old Milwaukee Pole award with a new one-lap track record of 17.270 seconds, pressed Slaughter continually throughout the race before his engine began to overheat. And while Slaughter and Weethee were dicing for the lead, Fairfield, Ohio driver Darren Jones put on a show all his own charging from 18th to second in the final running order. Jones, after a late-race battle with Weethee, took over the runner-up spot and began to close in on Slaughter for the lead. Jones, in the Pusch's Restaurant Ford Ranger, got within two lengths of Slaughter before time ran out. However, Jones would still be credited with the Ed & Company Hard Charger award for his outstanding performance. Weethee, whose engine continually lost power, settled for third in his Weethee Builders-Amerihost Inn Ford. Chad Guinn finished fourth in the BFI-Northland Collision Ford with rookie Mark Otting rounding put the top-five.
Chris Shell, making his career-first ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series start, finished sixth in the Braun Auto Group Ford with '99 champion Bill Withers trailing in seventh in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics Ford. Rookie Eugene Crase finished a respectable eighth in front of ninth place finisher Stan Maitlen in the ARC Abrasives-GSI Ford. Dave Reeb completed the top-ten finishers in the Accurate Logistics Ford.
Tully Esterline raced as high as third and was contending for the win before electrical troubles relegated the Pettisville, Ohio driver to 12th in the final running order.
In addition to Slaughter's prize money, the Columbus, Ohio driver picked up the Cloyes Gear Halfway Leader award while Jones, in addition to the hard charger award, picked up the Hawk Best Brake of the race award.