Bo Brady has lost two races this season while taking the white flag in the lead. Brady once again took the white flag as the leader at Phoenix, but this time he held the top spot and snatched his first Grand National Series win this season. Differing pit strategies from the majority of cars has kept Brady up front near the end of the last few races but hasn’t resulted in the win until last night. It wasn’t an easy task as Brady took the lead over for the final 16 laps and fended off Rocky Boyd on two late restarts. Boyd would end up getting passed by Shayne Therrien and coming home third.
It was a race of survival for much of the back half of the field. 15 cautions for 59 laps marred the racing from 15th on back of the 33 car field. The top 10 would’ve loved to see the race have more green flag laps, especially Gerald Campbell. Campbell grabbed the pole position for the 5th straight week and led the first 74 laps until he was passed by Therrien who had taken fresh tires about 10 laps before. Much of the top 10 pitted on Lap 88 for the first time for fuel and fresh tires. With about half of the field taking tires around Lap 70, this set Campbell and the rest of the early leaders back to 11th with just over 30 laps left to the finish.
With the amount of cautions, there wasn’t a considerable tire discrepancy. Unfortunately for Therrien, this would only allow him to get to second by the end of the race, finishing as the highest driver on fresh tires from the Lap 88 incident. Points leader Campbell made his way back toward the front for a respectable 6th place finish. Behind Brady, Therrien, and Boyd; John Weitendorf and Tom Bourne rounded out the top 5. Without much green flag racing, there wasn’t too much tire saving strategy to help the likes of other drivers like Chris Morse Jr or Jake Hounshell,
The rare occurrence that Campbell didn’t come home with another podium finish opened the door to gain points for some top 5 drivers. Weitendorf, who entered the night third in points, benefited most with his 4th place finish. Dallas Myhand was caught up in a wreck and saw his second place points position slip to fourth. Hank Steinmiller brought home a solid 8th place finish and moved up a spot to third in the standings. Ignition problems late saw Jeff Green drop out of the top 5 in points. Campbell has now stretched his lead to 104 points over Weitendorf with two 1.5 mile tracks coming up in Auto Club and Texas. He has won at both mile and a half tracks this season.
Next week the G-Force Grand National Series powered by The JuiceBox Podcast visits Auto Club for 75 laps of evening racing. Cautions should be minimized with the size of the track. Tune into Flatout Racing Network on YouTube at 9 pm et to catch all the action.