Shuman Controls Outside Groove
PEORIA, Ariz. — In a battle that brought fans to their feet, local favorite Casey Shuman piloted the Jesse Hockett Racing No. 77x to victory on night two of the 45th FVP Western World Championships presented by Sands Chevrolet at Canyon Speedway Park.
Starting side by side with Brady Bacon in row one, Shuman raced the outside groove.
Battling into the lead thought the first two turns, the No. 77x began working away from Mike Bonneau who grabbed second from Brady Bacon on the start before the Infinity Shocks No. 99 bolted back into the runner-up spot before a caution with 23 laps to run.
Resuming with Brady Bacon on his back bumper, Casey Shuman carefully worked the inside line. Never falling more than three tenths of a second behind even when slower traffic presented Bacon the opportunity to take over the top spot.
Side by side with the back of the field, both drivers had to vacate the inside groove to keep pace with one another going three and four wide with under ten laps remaining with Shuman never relinquishing the top spot.
Working out of slower traffic, the pair continued their battle before the red flag waved for the No. 6b of Bryan Swinehart who flipped violently off the top of turn four.
Restarting with five laps to run, neither driver would let any distance come between them with Bacon finally moving to the high line to make a final lap attempt, laying down the fastest lap of the race but it was not enough to take the win from Casey Shuman. Bacon crossed the line second with Mike Martin coming from eighth to third. Mike Spencer and Mike Bonneau making up the top five.
Casey Shuman, Brady Bacon, Mike Martin, Mike Spencer, Michael Bonneau, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Hirst, Shane Cottle, Dustin Morgan, -Shon Deskins, Matt Lundy, Tom Lee, Kyle Danielson, Michael Curtis, Ronnie Clark, Dalten Gabbard, Bryan Swinehart, Darrell Sickles, Jody Wirth, Justin Quinn.