Deegan Wins Lucas Oil Challenge Cup
On the restart lap Renezeder got by Deegan out of turn three, but then spun at turn four, which drew a big cheer from the crowd. Renezeder may have dropped well back (he soon fell by the wayside with more severe issues), but Beat was right there to take over third place, so the Pro 4 threat wasn’t gone yet.
Moreover, Barron had gotten up to speed again after that mysterious drop back earlier, and was now fourth and closing fast on the top three. Greg Adler then came to a stop in turn three, which forced another full course caution. When racing resumed again, it was a bleak sight on the track, with just nine trucks left running, one of which wasn’t even on the lead lap.
A green-white-checkered two-lap dash to the finish had been called for by race officials, and on the restart lap, Barron got by Beat on the inside at turn one to take over third. Beat tried to battle back, but nearly spun himself out instead, only to be knocked back straight by another driver, and so Beat only lost one position in the running order.
At the white flag, it was Woods, Deegan, Barron, Beat and Corry Weller in her Pro 4 in the top five. On the final lap, Barron made a beautiful outside pass on Deegan at turn two and closed right in on Woods with just two corners left to make a pass for the win. Barron threw it hard into turn three, and hit Woods hard door to door, which sent Woods out wide, and Barron got by on the inside.
Deegan got by Woods at turn three as well, and up front, Barron sped home to what seemed to be a spectacular win. Unfortunately for Barron, race officials deemed his pass on Woods to be rough driving, and he was given the black flag, which dropped him to the back of the lead lap. This handed the win and the $30,000 check to Deegan, who put his No. 38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford in the Challenge Cup winner’s circle for the first time in his career.
Second place went to Woods, who was surprisingly happy despite being robbed of what would’ve been the most spectacular first career short course win in the history of the sport. Woods brought home $15,000 for his efforts. Third was Beat, who took home $7,500, plus a $1,000 bonus as the first finisher in the class that didn’t win outright.
Other class winners on Sunday were Steven Greinke (Pro Buggy Unlimited), Justin Smith (Pro Lite Unlimited), Lindsay Geiser (Limited Buggy), Myles Cheek (Modified Kart) and Ricky Gutierrez (Junior 1 Kart and Junior 2 Kart).