The G-Force Grand National Series powered by The JuiceBox Podcast heads to Phoenix Raceway for 125 laps of action tonight. Their last visit to Las Vegas had the first repeat winner with Gerald Campbell taking the checkered flag. A long green flag run sandwiched between early and late attrition jumbled up tire strategy and allowed Campbell to make a last lap pass for the victory. Bo Brady, Chris Morse Jr, Jason Hounshell, and Hank Steinmiller rounded out the top 5.
Tonight, Campbell looks to take his 5th straight pole and his third win of the season. Another strong run will stretch his points lead to over 100 points. With just 6 races remaining after tonight’s event, a 100 point lead will give Campbell some cushion to have a bad run or two down the stretch. Second (Dallas Myhand) through fifth (Jeff Green) are separated by just 18 points, about 5 spots on the track. The drop week that will be factored in the coming weeks will shake up the points a bit but not a whole lot. The biggest beneficiary of the drop week might be Brady after back to back runner up finishes that has moved him to ninth in the standings.
The mile long Phoenix Raceway races much like a short track mixed with a mile and a half. The low banked sweeping turn 3 allows multiple grooves of racing and will provide passing opportunities. Turn 1 is a heavy braking, tight turn that can cause trouble for drivers battling for position. Drivers that can avoid overdriving turn 1 and keep momentum down the backstretch will find themselves at the front of the field as the run wears on. The ones that had success at Richmond I suspect will be contenders tonight. Blaine Akin, Campbell, Weitendorf, Jake Hounshell, and Dallas Myhand will be the ones to keep an eye on.
With over 30 entries last week, expect a packed field and some scraped paint by the end of lap 1 tonight. Campbell can add to his points lead before the race even starts with his fifth straight pole. Look for Tyler Riggs to make some noise in qualifying as well. Riggs has laid down a few great qualifying runs for bonus points this season. Unfortunately the luck hasn’t carried over to the race. When the race starts, expect a quick caution in the first three laps entering turn one. After that, this race should settle down and potentially see a green flag run to the end, a lot like Richmond.
Tune in at 9 pm et on Flatout Racing Network on YouTube to catch qualifying. The heat race for anyone qualifying 27th or worse should start around 9:30. The feature will follow shortly after for 125 laps of action and tempers. Follow the link below for all the action:
Gerald Campbell 1/1
Blaine Akin 2/1
John Weitendorf 6/1
Chris Morse Jr 6/1
Jeff Green 8/1
Over/Under on Cautions: 6.5