The 22nd annual Mudslinger 100 was scheduled to run a week ago, but was delayed a week because of the threat of inclement weather. The wait was worth it for Joe Bush who led the entire distance taking home the feature win. Eric Lee started on...
The 22nd annual Mudslinger 100 was scheduled to run a week ago, but was delayed a week because of the threat of inclement weather. The wait was worth it for Joe Bush who led the entire distance taking home the feature win.
Eric Lee started on the pole but it was fellow front row starter, Joe Bush who leapt into the lead on the start. Bush went virtually unchallenged throughout the race, leading the rest of the field by over a straightaway at times. The only challenge for the lead came from Johnny Bellott when Bush caught lapped traffic with about five laps to go. Coming out of turn four on the final lap, Bellott had finally moved ahead of Bush but was denied the win as Bush's car surged ahead to take the win by approximately six inches.
"I got a good start and tried to pace myself throughout the race," said a very happy Bush. "At the end I could hear another car (Johnny Bellott) coming up on me. My tires were gone by the end of the race and he could've taken me out, but he drove me really clean those final laps. I thank him for the way he raced me. It's my first win at Auto City and a great way to end the season," said the driver of the McCormick Enterprises Inc., Sterling Automotive and Supplies, Long John Floral, Port City Racing #101. "I must've got my bad luck out of the way during hot laps. I hit the front stretch wall and we had to repair some suspension and braces in the front and rear of the car." Bush took home $3,000 for his win plus $1,000 ($10 a lap) in lap money.
The Mudslinger also served as the season championship race for the Auto City local Super Late Models. Mike Laberta Jr won his first career SLM championship. After the race (he finished seventh) he did a series of "doughnuts" on the frontstretch and followed it up with a "Polish" victory lap. ~~ Brian Keselowski was the track's SLM Rookie of the Year. Keselowski is the oldest son of the former NASCAR Craftsman truck/ARCA driver Bob Keselowski.
Harold Fair Jr finished fourth. The newly crowned ACDelco Murray's Super Car Series champion's car had a push throughout the race. Fair Jr and his wife Trish are expecting their second child in April.
John Doering Jr yellow #65 was forced to retire with engine problems.
Roger Wing was involved in the caution a crew member said that Wing suffered suspension damage after being involved with Dr Bob Ducharme.
Jay Sommers, Darrell McManus and Dan Bailey had a lot of work to do between their qualifying heat. The trio tangled at the start of their heat and had to put their cars back together. McManus started the race, looking like an IMCA modified and Sommers had to repair the right front suspension.
Phil Massuch was the fast qualifier of the 32 drivers on hand with a 14.61. Ron Shamel Jr won the dash for cash and Eric Lee and Joe Bush won the qualifying heats. Roger win won the B main.