Bruce Collects Dramatic Last-Lap Victory
GREAT FALLS, Mon. — Tony Bruce Jr. made a last-turn pass of Brad Loyet to become the 13th different winner this season in the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real Tuesday night at Electric City Speedway.
“It’s kind of hard to judge what the track is doing when you out front most of the race and I knew it was going to take rubber; I just didn’t know how far down so I just kept riding right in the middle but then Brad passed me, then Jason passed me and I thought, damn, this sucks. Fortunately it just played out,” said Bruce.
Starting sixth, Bruce jumped to the third on the start. Trailing Dustin Morgan and Joe Perry the first two revolutions, the TBJ Promotions No. 18 shot to the lead on lap three.
Running into slower traffic on lap 10, Bruce began mingling amongst the back markers until a caution on lap 11 diminished a nearly two-second lead over Dustin Morgan. At speed, Bruce again began to pull away.
Racing back into slower traffic on lap 16, the field began closing in with drivers beginning to come through the lineup. Starting 18th, Joe Ramaker worked the high groove; taking second from Morgan on lap 16.
Caution on lap 19 for the spun No. 28 of Joe Perry brought the field nose, to tail, with Ramaker making his bid for the lead only to have Loyet shoot into the runner up spot. Followed by eighth starting Jason Johnson on lap 22, the pair began their assault on the Inside Line Promotions No. 18.
Falling to second on lap 27, then third the following lap, Bruce appeared out with Brad Loyet looking to have his second victory of 2013 in hand. To the final lap, Johnson set the Stenhouse Jr. Motorsports No. 41 up for the pass entering turn one but instead saw his chance at victory thwarted by a slower car, allowing Bruce to race back into second with Ramaker in tow.
Surrounded by slower cars, Loyet raced into three with Bruce carrying a full head of steam to the bottom line. Side-by-side exiting turn four, Bruce captured the win by 0.755 seconds.
Still sliding up the track, Ramaker raced to a runner-up finish with Loyet third. Johnson’s last-lap attempt ended with a fourth-place. Dustin Morgan finished fifth.
Tony Bruce Jr., Joe Ramaker, Brad Loyet, Jason Johnson, Dustin Morgan, Logan Forler, Jeff Swindell, Johnny Herrera, Brock Lemley, David Hoiness, Reece Goetz, Seth Bergman, Randi Miller, Phil Dietz, Vernon Hill, Trever Kirkland, T.J. Hartman, Cole Wood, Bill Boyce, Rick Tessemaker, Shad Peterson, Joe Perry.