Gordon Soars To Stadium Truck Glory
LOS ANGELES – Making its return to the birthplace of stadium off-road racing, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks invaded the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a full night of racing action with three distinct divisions testing their skills on the uniquely prepared high flying dirt and asphalt course.
Robby Gordon and Jerry Whelchel were able to conquer the multiple challenges to record wins in Round No. 3 of SST Competition.
Robby Gordon, of Orange, Calif., driving the No. 7 SPEED Energy/MAPEI/Toyo Tires truck held off points leader Rob MacCachren to capture his first win in Stadium SUPER Trucks competition.
The 20-lap SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks final began from a staggered start and saw first place starter Gordon jump out to the early lead. Entering turn one, third place starter Ricky Johnson opted to test the cross-over option for a chance to take the over the lead.
Not going as planned Johnson’s evening quickly came to an abrupt end as a flat tire resulted in getting him off course in the middle of the peristyle. Trouble also found Jeff Ward on the opening lap as he became stuck in the sand step-up resulting in losing multiple laps to the leader.
MacCachren wasted no time moving from his fourth starting position, quickly moving into the second spot. Gordon led the pack back to the start-finish line for the opening lap ahead of MacCachren and Justin Lofton. The following laps saw the lead drivers hold their positions and race incident free for eight laps.