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It might be a little too late but Christopher Morse Jr. has entered the game as a true longshot for a title run. Morse was able to grab his first victory of the Grand National Series powered by The JuiceBox Podcast last week at Iowa. Gerald Campbell was able to overtake John Weitendorf once again for the points lead by 16 points. Third place Hank Steinmiller lost another handful of points making his path to a championship smaller. Tonight, the ARCA cars hit the concrete at Dover for 150 laps of tire eating action.
Dover is a 1 mile oval with a concrete surface similar to that of Bristol. The 24 degree banked turns allow for high speeds and a lot of throttle control. Turns 1 and 3 are very, very easy to overdrive and destroy the right front tire. Turns 2 and 4 are very easy to over rotate and spin coming off the corner. A spin here proves to be deadly 90% of the time with the banked straights, sending the car barreling into the inside wall. Saving a spinning car off the corner here is near impossible. Dover presents much opportunity for side by side racing with the throttle control necessary in the corners and should prove to be an exciting race.
The last 3 weeks have had a great points battle shape up as Weitendorf was able to scrape away and even take over Campbell’s points lead. Separated by only 16 points currently, the stretch run was going to prove to be can’t miss TV. Unfortunately for Weitendorf, his championship hopes will take a massive hit tonight as he will be unavailable to race and very likely will receive 0 points. Campbell could wrap up the championship tonight with a solid run and a bad run by Steinmiller. A bad run from Campbell and a Steinmiller victory could add interest back in the points battle entering the finale at North Wilkesboro.
Watch for drivers that are easy on their tires early in this race. They will become faster and faster over the long run. With 3 sets of tires in the pits, some of the field will be burning up their rubber every 40 laps. Others may be able to save a set of tires with 60-70 lap runs. Strategy will be a huge part of tonight’s finishing order. I would expect this race to have some long green flag runs much like Iowa with some late cautions to shake things up. Keep an eye on qualifying as well as bonus points can still help the championship battle.
Single car qualifying will begin at 9 pm et with the race to follow right after on the Flatout Racing Network. The link can be found below.
Chris Morse Jr 4/1
Gerald Campbell 5/1
Jake Hounshell 7/1
Hank Steinmiller 7/1
Jeff Green 8/1
Over/Under on Cautions 5.5