Chester Curd scored his first career Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC) win, taking the lead on lap 97 of the 100-lap Ford’s Mill Rundown at Berlin Raceway.
Curd inherited the lead after Danny Vandoorne, who led 30 laps and appeared destined for his third win in four races, cut down a tire in the closing stages. Vandoorne fell to 15th, finishing one lap behind the leaders.
Carl Downey, making his second career start, qualified on the pole and led the first 67 laps. Vandoorne took the lead from Downey at that point, putting himself in position for the win until the flat tire deflated his hopes.
Robert Phelps and Charlotte Bowey finished second and third, securing their best career finishes in the STSC. Borsepher NaNa finished fourth, while Downey rounded out the top five.
A byproduct of Curd’s win is a considerable tightening in the STSC points chase with six races remaining in the inaugural season. Curd, fourth in points, closed to within 18 points of title leader Kurt Gunnabee. Gunnabee finished 18th, five laps down. Luis Cabrera Perez is now just four markers behind Gunnabee after finishing eighth, while Jack Stevens is 11 points behind Gunnabee after finishing 10th.
The race was a clean and tidy one, especially by STSC standards, all the way down to the C-Main. The caution flag flew just twice in the 100-lap A-Main, both times for cars slowing with mechanical issues. Only Earnest King‘s mechanical gremlins ended his night, as the rest of the field raced to the finish.
The STSC will return to action at 5 Flags Speedway, home of the world famous Snowball Derby. The winner of the Red Snapper 100 will pocked a $5,000 bonus on top of their winnings, as one of the four extra payday races of the inaugural STSC season.