NASA Texas’ Aaron McSpadden had wrapped up pole position and he was looking good for a follow-up victory to last year’s Championship at Miller Motorsports Park in Camaro-Mustang Challenge.
Spec Iron employed a standing start, with Corey Rueth in second and Dr. Audrey Zavodsky in third. At the green flag, the field took off, but not without some argy-bargy in the first couple of turns.
“We had a standing start, a lot of bumping going on in Turn 1, Turn 2, said Zavodsky, who finished third. “I survived all that and made it through. I was catching him. I could see first. Second was in front of me and was trying like heck, but yeah, one more lap I would have gotten him, for sure. It was fun.”
McSpadden spun shortly after the start, and had to claw his way back through the field, eventually making his way back up to second.
“A few cars got around me, so it took me all race to catch back up,” McSpadden said. “I didn’t have enough laps to catch him. Cory ran a great race all day. I gave it all I had, so second place is what I had to deal with.”
Rueth got out front and stayed out front, then spent the entire time biting his nails, waiting for the race to end.
“A fantastic race. Great weekend,” Rueth said. “We were all running within tenths of a second together. I managed to keep the Late Model Resorations Mustang on the front row. Cobalt Brakes overnighted me some pads for the big race and we did fantastic. We got a great start. We got out front. We didn’t have to race the entire race. We were very fortunate to be there. It was a fantastic run. It felt like the longest race in the world. I was so happy to see that checkered flag. Our strategies worked great, and I just feel so lucky today to be here.”