Nick Gullatta Charges to ARCA Truck Win at Winchester WINCHESTER IN (5-4-08) -- ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series veteran Nick Gullatta, in the Thomson Automotive-Mr. Heater-Enerco Chevy Colorado, turned in a near-perfect performance Sunday ...
Nick Gullatta Charges to ARCA Truck Win at Winchester
WINCHESTER IN (5-4-08) -- ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series veteran Nick Gullatta, in the Thomson Automotive-Mr. Heater-Enerco Chevy Colorado, turned in a near-perfect performance Sunday afternoon at Winchester Speedway with a convincing victory in the Lincoln Welders 50-lap main event.
The Cleveland, Ohio driver earned the 2BKool Pole Award earlier in the day, then charged from the 10th starting position and tracked down Ron Wells in the closing stages to earn his fifth series victory in his 25th series start.
Wells, in the Oakley Blacktop-Tanner HVAC-Muffler Brothers Chevy, had to settle for second after leading 18 laps.
Wells jumped into the lead at the onset and led the first 10 circuits before Rob Jones drove underneath for the top-spot in turns three and four. Jones pulled out to a comfortable lead and appeared to be on his way to his career-first win before the rear-end broke on a lap 30 restart after leading 20 laps. That gave the lead back to Wells who stretched the advantage to five lengths while Gullatta, who started 10th by inversion, worked his way into second. On lap 36, Gullatta got underneath Wells down the backstretch, setting up a great side-by-side battle for the lead. The two trucks raced door to door for two full laps before Gullatta completed the pass to lead the 39th lap. >From there, Gullatta stretched his advantage to three lengths by the time the front-runners crossed under the checkered flag.
Frank Wilson, Jr. finished third in the Dan Cava Toyota-Safety Clean-Lifeguard Medical Ford.
Veteran Steve Christman raced from a lap down to finish fourth in the Bagman Racing Chassis-R&B Fabrication Chevy.
Nathan Trepkowski finished a career-best fifth in the B&J Auto Center-Ubly Auto Supply Chevy.
Defending champion Bill Withers finished sixth in the Mannings USA-Tubular Techniques-Hall Electronics Ford. Tim Schafer was seventh in the Sprinkler Fitters Union 669-Baird Brothers Saw Mill Chevy. Schafer, who started 18th, also earned the Ed & Company Hard Charger award for advancing the most positions. Two-time series champion Robbin Slaughter finished eighth in an unsponsored Chevy. Ashley Hawkins and Mike Young completed the top-10 finishers respectively.
The next event for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will be the Lincoln Welders 100 on the Kentucky Speedway quarter mile next Saturday afternoon, May 10th. The ARCA RE/MAX Series will join the Lincoln Welders Truck Series as the featured attraction on the adjoining 1.5-mile superspeedway for a same-day ARCA double header.