Patison Keeps Rolling At Irwindale
IRWINDALE, Calif. — Jason Patison drove to his second straight victory in the Pick Your Part Super Late Models and Ryan Partridge and rookie Christian McGhee took narrow wins in Lucas Oil Late Model Twins before a crowd of 2,850 Saturday at Irwindale Speedway.
It was Patison’s third victory in five starts in Super Late Models at Irwindale this season. He took the lead on the fourth lap and ran away to finish four seconds ahead of runner-up Toni McCray in the 40-lap race on the half-mile track.
“We’ve had good cars all year and it was frustrating breaking twice,” Patison said. “It’s nice to have these back-to-back races where we were able to run to the finish.”
Patison fell out with an ignition problem while leading on May 3 and finished 12th and finished third with a broken shifter on June 21.
Patison passed Jack Madrid of San Clemente, Calif., for second on the third lap and Linny White of Highland, Calif., for the lead on the fourth lap with dynamic overtaking moves low in turn four.
“I let it clear out a bit and once I felt the need to move up off the bottom, I went for it and our car runs unbelievably through the center and I was able to get under and make the pass really clean and fairly quick,” Patison said. “I’ve got to hand it to (car builder and crew chief) Steve Teets.”
McCray leads the championship over Patison and White, 230-224, with two Super Late Model races remaining.
“She’s a good racer, a smart racer and she’s doing what she needs to do to win a championship,” Patison said. “We’re going to keep doing our thing and hopefully, it works out for us.”
Partridge’s victory was his sixth of the season in Late Model Twins. He snapped McCray’s four-race winning streak in the initial 30-lap feature, beating Trevor Huddleston by .353 of a second.
Partridge led all 30 laps under constant pressure from Huddleston.
“He (Huddleston) made us run for it a little faster than I’d like to,” Partridge said. “Our strategy is to take it a little easy in the first race so we can save some stuff for the second race. Ideally, you can drive 80 percent the first race and save your tires for the second race. It’s why I run so hard for the pole. We stayed out front and didn’t have to move forward.”