Austin Prock Does It At Grundy County
MORRIS, Ill. — Using the outside groove to advance to the front, Austin Prock captured the Short Track Auto Racing Series-sanctioned Bob Lockard Memorial 30-lap midget race at the Grundy County Speedway Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Avon, Ind., racer wheeled his W9 Mopar-powered open wheel midget around the outside of leader Patrick Wilda with five laps to go to win his second straight feature race at the one-third-of-a-mile paved oval. A week ago, young Prock won the STARS-sanctioned D’Arcy Shootout at the Grundy and this week it Prock again taking home another win ahead of Wilda, Billy Hulbert and Tyler Trainor, David Gough and Tyler Baran.
Fastest qualifier Jim Anderson looked like a challenger during the early part of the race only to see a problem with the left side steering arm causing the night’s fastest qualifier and defending STARS champion to drop out of the race.
“The past couple of weekends it (the outside groove) has had a lot of grip,” said Prock, last year’s STARS rookie of the year. “I have been taking advantage of it. I went up there last weekend and I ended up getting the Shootout win. We have gotten only six races in this year. We’ve won three and ran second twice.”
The Illini Racing Series “spec” midgets were also in action with Mike Anderson of Joliet scoring the victory in series’ 30-lap headliner. Anderson took the lead with only one lap to go as leader Dave Ohlendorf slid high up between turns one and two after taking the green flag for one lap to go after a late race yellow flag. Anderson defeated series points leader and defending champion Patrick Bruns, Sean Murphy and Mike Gass.
Other feature race winners during the night included Andy Jones of Gurnee, who won the 20-lap Legends race. Jones bested Max McNamara, Brian Tedeschi and Matt O’Leary. “Fast Eddie” Ensor of Sheridan was the winner of the 20-lap Classic Modified feature with 13-year-old Jayden Cave of Indianapolis scoring the victory in the 20-lap Mini Cup chase.