Robinson Closes F2000 Points Gap
THOMPSON, Conn. – Skylar Robinson scored a well-timed second win of the 2014 F2000 Championship season on Saturday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, finding a way past Sam Beasley for the lead and gaining back some valuable points in the title chase.
Beasley finished second for Polestar while Thomas McGregor completed the podium for Exclusive Autosport.
“Both Sam and I have been fast this weekend,” said Robinson. “I kept my head down and threw it down the inside in turn one to get the lead back. We have some work to do tomorrow – me on the driving side – to repeat this.”
Robinson gains a few points back on Tim Minor in the championship chase, but will need a perfect end of season combined with some poor luck for Minor, to challenge for the title. Minor finished fourth in round 11 of the 14-race season.
Beasley couldn’t quite match his double-win performance in the Polestar entry that saw him take two wins in two days at Pittsburgh earlier this month.
“The car was really good at the start but it went away a bit,” said Beasley, who looks to move ahead of McGregor to third in the Championship standings.
Beasley was nearly run down by McGregor, who had his Spectrum entry come alive late in the race and quickly caught the No. 44.
“The balance came to me,” noted McGregor, who won at VIR earlier in the year. “We’ve had a tough August but today is a good base for the last three races.”
Winning the Masters Class, Minor moved closer to clinch his second-straight championship with a fourth place finish in the No. 88 Citation.
John McCusker was looking good for fourth until Minor found a way by late in the race, with McCusker settling for fifth, and he was the first of five RFRs that took the green flag.
Completing the top 10 were David Grant, Steve Bamford, Kevin Kopp, Trent Walko and Jim Libecco.