ONE LAP WONDER
Ransone outmuscles Purkhiser for victory in Highway Motors/Heritage International 250 – JW Martin
One lap earned Lucas Ransone the pole for the Highway Motors/Heritage International 250. And one lap earned him the win.
Saturday night’s 250-lap marathon was decided in a climatic final circuit, as Lucas Ransone and Allen Purkhiser staged a spectacular side-by-side sprint to the checkers. A successful slide-job pass in turn two propelled Ransone past Purkhiser down the back straightaway and into victory lane.
“He did what he had to do to win the race. He got up high like I was running and picked up some speed,” Purkhiser told carsprocup.com. “He wound up getting under me and we went off into (turn) one. He ran up the track to block me. It’s what he had to do to win. Its fine, I’d do the same thing if I were in his shoes.”
Purkhiser edged past Ransone for the top spot as the field took the sixth and final restart of the race on lap 238. Purkhiser distanced himself from his primary challenger in the initial circuits, but as the laps began to dwindle the advantage was erased. With a mere three laps left, the battle for the win began to unfold in an unorthodox area of the .416-mile oval: the third groove.
“I moved to the top and I just drove the wheels off of it,” said Ransone, who became the series’ fourth different winner of 2012. “I knew we weren’t going to beat him with the line I was driving, so I just tried something different and it ended up in our favor. It doesn’t always work like that, but it did tonight.”
J.P. Morgan, who dominated the opening 125 laps of the contest, finished third. Tyler Young and Nathan Russell rounded out the top five. For a complete recap of the Highway Motors/Heritage International 250, visit : http://www.carsprocup.com/article.php?story=20120610083005733
IN OTHER DIVISIONS:
The storybook season continues for Barry Gregory, as the Carpet Factory Outlet Street Stock division points leader captured his third win of 2012 Saturday night.
Despite underbody issues, Gregory forestalled Dr. Sheryl Carls in the waning circuits to win his second consecutive 30-lap heat.
“There at the end, it went south. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to hold on or not—it dropped to seven cylinders,” Gregory explained. “The car’s running great. It’s handling great. Just great racing.”
Carls notched her best effort of the season with a second place showing, and Brent Bell completed the podium in third.