Santos Nips Hines For Gateway Glory
MADISON, Ill. – Bobby Santos won Saturday’s Gateway 100 USAC Silver Croan Championship race at Gateway Motorsports Park, but the margin of victory in the PRM Auto Enterprise Beast/Mopar wasn’t what he hoped it would be.
Leading by a wide margin most of the race, Santos eked out a half-car length advantage over pole winner Tracy Hines at the checkered flag.
“The car was coughing on the lap 93 restart and I’m not sure if we could have led another lap,” Santos said. “Admittedly the yellow for John Andretti’s fuel issue helped us save just enough.”
Attrition left numerous competitors on the sidelines as five cars finished the race, with Bobby East third, Caleb Armstrong fourth and Kody Swanson fifth.
Early leader Tanner Swanson fell victim to transmission troubles after 20 laps, yielding the lead to Santos, who led the final 60 laps. East led the first four.
Hines was the ProSource fast qualifier, earning a $200 bonus, while Kody Swanson, from 12th to 5th, earned the $200 hard charger award posted by Dr. Jim Logan. Hines and Kody Swanson exited the race tied for the series points lead.