Christopher Morse Jr was able to grab his elusive first victory in the G-Force Grand National Series last night at Iowa. To make it even more impressive he won the race after starting dead last. It wasn’t exactly “worst” to first though as Morse didn’t put down a qualifying time. Teammates Gerald Campbell and Joseph Causey rounded out the top 3.
Campbell was able to regain the points lead with a second place finish over John Weitendorf who finished 5th. Campbell entered the night 5 points behind Weitendorf and left 21 points up with bonus points for leading a lap and the most laps. The 25 car ran in the top 3 all night and looked poised for the win before Morse muscled his way to the lead with 5 laps to go. Morse pulled away for the victory while leading 31 laps himself on the night.
The race itself ran relatively clean, showing only 4 cautions for 20 laps. The first 80 laps went green, running a full green flag pit cycle. Starting from the pole position, Hank Steinmiller was able to lead 55 of the first 80 laps, one lap short of Campbell’s race high 56 laps led. Steinmiller finished 4th, with the effort falling short of cutting into the 112 point gap to the points leader. The points race looks to be a two horse race now with Campbell and Weitendorf.
Passing came at a premium Tuesday night and had to be done early on restarts. After about 8 laps, the bottom lane was useless and nearly impossible to use for a pass. Drivers that were able to conserve tires had success making passes to get through the field. Others had a free fall through the field. Of the top 10 finishers, only Morse and Jason Hounshell started outside of the top 10. The side by side battling was exciting all night with three wide battles forming from time to time. Ultimately it was the high line that prevailed 95% of the time.
The 10th race is now in the books, leaving two races left to decide the championship battle. Next week the series visits Dover for the Dover Downs 150. This championship battle is one you won’t want to miss. You can catch all the action on Flatout Racing Network Tuesday nights at 9 pm et on YouTube. Stats and standings can be found at the link below.