Gordon Soars To Stadium Truck Glory
Caution flew on lap-10 following a re-start where Gordon raced back out to four truck length lead ahead of McCachren and Lofton. Arie Luyendyk Jr. found trouble rounding the last corner of lap 12 resulting in a roll over on the side of his No. 25 machine bringing out a full course red flag.
On the restart Lofton lost the handle on the Solar City No. 6 rounding the peristyle, resulting in loosing multiple positions back to fifth place. P.J. Jones would capitalize on the Lofton’s misfortune moving up into third position.
Trouble found Lofton once again on lap 16 as the hard charging Lofton made contact with Nick Baumgartner exiting the chicane causing extensive damage to the front end of his race truck. The damage resulted in the No. 6 to lose the hood and dropping out of competition one lap later.
Meanwhile Gordon raced the No. 7 truck to the Round No. 3 victory ahead of MacCachren and Jones.
“To win a Stadium truck race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the history off-road here is truly something special,” Gordon said. “I can’t give enough thanks to my partners in believing in me to make my dream a reality.”
Jerry Whelchel, the only competitor to compete in every Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group event, made his return to stadium racing a successful one by winning the 10-lap SUPER Buggy final.