Christian begins Championship Series with top 5. Atlanta, GA, - After posting a 12th place qualifying for Sunday's Alan Kulwicki 250, Steven Christian proceeded to work his way through the field to earn the Lucas Oil team their first Top 5 ...
Christian begins Championship Series with top 5.
Atlanta, GA, - After posting a 12th place qualifying for Sunday's Alan Kulwicki 250, Steven Christian proceeded to work his way through the field to earn the Lucas Oil team their first Top 5 finish of the 2002 USAR Championship Series.
When a lap three caution caught up two of the race leaders, Christian restarted 10th.. For the next seventy laps, he rode sandwiched between the #31 (Gault) and #11 (Puryear) entries, frequently looking under the #31 but not quite able to make a pass. Finally, on lap 79, Christian was able to get around Gault to assume the 9th spot.
Pitting on lap 100 for gas and tires, the Lucas Oil team rejoined the field near the back When the lead cars pitted on lap 143, Christian grabbed third. Ten laps later, the #73 of Jeff Agnew managed to drive around Christian. On lap 168, Huffman also bested Christian, sending the #16 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to 5th. When the #28 made contact with the turn four wall on lap 170, Christian moved up one position. The first of two red flags flew on lap 199 when raindrops slowed the field at Winchester Speedway. The respite was short lived when the sun came out almost immediately and the field was able to resume racing on lap 204.
The second red flag came out on lap 209 when several of the lead lap cars got together on turn four. After a lengthy clean-up, racing once again resumed on lap 209 with Christian still in 4th. Sarvis mounted a challenge on Christian for 4th following the restart, and Christian gave up the fight on lap 239. The #16 Lucas Oil team sits seventh in overall Championship Series points, with four events yet to be run.
Speed Channel will air this race on Thursday, September 27 at 9 p.m. EST.