Cooper Continues Majors Tour Winning Streak
Lavigne chased Richardson, with the two running just a few car lengths apart for the race. The Mustang kept the Camaro in his sites, but Lavigne had enough to rush to the finish for the win.
For the second consecutive day, Simon Gregg led the opening laps as he and Dillon Machavern pulled away from the field. Also for the second consecutive day, Machavern stalked the defending SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am champion and pulled off a pass on lap five to move into the lead. Once in front, the 17-year-old kept the pace to the checkered flag and an impressive weekend sweep.
Spec Racer Ford went according to plan for eventual winner Brian Schofield, who worked his strategy to perfection and his first Eastern Conference Majors win of the season. Schofield pushed Franklin Futrelle ahead of the field, creating a gap over the early stages of the race that left them all alone.
With one to go, Schofield finally made his move, passing Futrelle and extending his Eastern Conference point lead.
The afternoon formula car groups had some clear cut winners, but a handful of close battles to pair with them. Scott Rettich held off Paul Schneider for a .499-second win in a race that was slowed to 11 laps for two separate incidents. A spinning, stalled car caused a black flag on the opening lap, and then a later full course caution further slowed the pace and left it outside the 40-minute time limit.
The Formula Vee battle was a four-car fight for the lead for 12-lap race’s entirety. Eastern Conference class point leader Stevan Davis, Gary Blanarik, Dale Rader and Donnie Isley ran nose to tail and side by side across the southern Virginia hills.
Blanarik led the quartet across the stripe to begin the final lap, but Davis moved to the front in the final 3.27 miles. Davis led out of the final corner, but Blanarik used the draft and the long front straight to pull in front just before the checkered flag.
Greg Ira capped the day with a flag-to-flag win in E Production behind the wheel of the No. 2 First Coast Auto Sales Datsun 260Z.