Trevor Lewis Leads Pack of ASCS Patriots at Erie ERIE, Pa. (May 24, 2009) - Trevor Lewis had not seen Eriez Speedway before Sunday Night but by the feature he knew exactly what would be the fast lane to get him into Victory Lane. Lewis, of...
Trevor Lewis Leads Pack of ASCS Patriots at Erie
ERIE, Pa. (May 24, 2009) - Trevor Lewis had not seen Eriez Speedway before Sunday Night but by the feature he knew exactly what would be the fast lane to get him into Victory Lane.
Lewis, of Upper Black Eddy, PA, pocketed his first Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Regional A-Main win of the year, passing Bubba Broderick for the lead on lap seven and checking out on a stellar field.
"It feels good to get this one here at this great facility," said the personable Lewis in Victory Lane. "We are focusing on the big races this year and this is a big race for us."
After winning National Parts Peddler Heat No. 2 in dramatic fashion with a last-lap pass on hometown favorite Scott Bonnell, Lewis redrew starting spot No. 5 for the A-Main. He would quickly move to second by lap five and began to pressure early leader Broderick. A lap later he would find the top of turns 3 and 4 to be the fast line and set up a pass on Broderick on lap 7.
"(The top of turns 3 and 4) had a lot of momentum and Bubba didn't know it until after I got by him," added the pilot of the McClaren Motorsports Homestead Coffee Roasters/ United Crane No. 21L Kramer Kraft. "After I got by him he must have moved up there because he stayed right with me but we had the spot by then."
Broderick attempted to immediately drive back underneath Lewis in turns 1 and 2 but to no avail. After the final restart on lap 9, the top two hit lapped traffic for the first time in the race by lap 15, which allowed Broderick to tighten the gap quickly.
On lap 20, with only three car lengths separating the leaders, Lewis lapped Gary Troutman to complete the last car of a bulk of competitors stuck together on the track. From that point he could strengthen his lead before the end of the event.
"The lapped cars did a good job tonight moving to the bottom when they saw the blue (move over) flag, I know that is not always the easiest thing to have to do."
With the win, Lewis joins Blake Breen as drivers that will go into Labor Day Weekend in September still with an opportunity to capturing $10,000 as part of the Holiday Weekend Bonus $heriez.Lewis also has taken over the point lead after four races and also leads the Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season and the King of OH/PA Series.
Broderick's second place run equaled his career best showing. The sophomore competitor completed a quality weekend nine hours from his home.
Jared Zimbardi won the Bonnell's Collision Center Four Laps of Fame Dash and used those additional laps to hit a setup that allowed him to score a season-best third.
Blake Breen seemed destined to move one step closer to $25,000 when he drew the outside pole for the second straight night, but it was not to be for the No. 8 as he would cross in fourth.
Scott Bonnell quickly moved from eighth to third in his No. 3B but would remain there the final 20 laps. Bonnell would be the final car on the lead lap.
Dain Naida crossed in sixth in his first start at Eriez. Chris Shuttleworth was seventh for the second time in as many nights. Gary Troutman would come home in eighth with Brad Knab ninth in his first Patriot start of the year.
Defending Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Champion Bryan Howland faded to 10th with a fuel pickup problem and handed over the 2009 Championship point lead.
A large crowd was on hand to great the Lucas Oil Patriots for their first of two stops of the 2009 season. The next race is the final scheduled point race of the season on September 6 and very well could decide the 2009 Championship.
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Results: 5/24/09, Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA.
A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Bubba Broderick (5), 3. Jared Zimbardi (35), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Scott Bonnell (3B), 6. Dain Naida (6N), 7. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 8. Gary Troutman (44), 9. Brad Knab (38), 10. Bryan Howland (51), 11. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 12. Jeremy Barnard (86), 13. Derek Jonathan (81), 14. John Schuyler (3T), 15. Chris Weiss (29), 16. Don Adamczyk (21), 17. Bobby Breen (9).
Lap Leaders- Broderick 1-6, Lewis 7-25.
Bonnell's Collision Center Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. John Schuyler (3T), 3. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 4. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 5. Brad Knab (38), 6. Derek Jonathan (81).
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Bubba Broderick (5), 3. Dain Naida (6N), 4.Blake Breen (8), 5. Jared Zimbardi (35), 6. Brad Knab (38), 7. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 8. Gary Troutman (44), 9. Bobby Breen (9).
Race 2: 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Scott Bonnell (3B), 3. Jeremy Barnard (86), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. John Schuyler (3T), 6. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 7. Derek Jonathan (81), 8. Chris Weiss (29).
Ohsweken Speedway/Canadian Sprint Car Nationals Award- Lewis.
Kinser Air Filters Hard Luck Award- Bo. Breen
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Lewis
M&W Aluminum Products Top-5 Award- Zimbardi
Ultra-Shield Race Products Top-10 Award- Knab
Rod End Supply 20th Anniversary Award- Bo. Breen
ASCS Patriots King of OH/PA Points (Top Ten): 1. Trevor Lewis 296, 2. Blake Breen 292, 3. Bubba Broderick 290, 4. Jared Zimbardi 284, 5. (tie) Bryan Howland and Chris Shuttleworth 272, 7. Gary Troutman 264, 8. Scott Bonnell 260, 9. Dain Naida 254, 10. Don Adamczyk 250.
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Trevor Lewis 578, 2. Jared Zimbardi 566, 3. Bryan Howland 562, 4. Bubba Broderick 546, 5. Don Adamczyk 500, 6. Bobby Breen 496, 7. Chris Muhleisen 474, 8. Gary Troutman 455, 9. Chris Weiss 352, 10. Dave Wickham 342.