Danny Vandoorne had been one of the hard-luck drivers of the inaugural Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC) season. That changed at Slinger Speedway, as Vandoorne won the SCOR Mid-Season Classic 100 powered by SHL.
Vandoorne took the lead from Joe Trickle on lap 74 of the 100-lap A-Main, en route to his first win of the season. The win comes as the American driver looks to turn around a sour start to the season.
In the first four races of Season 1, Vandoorne finished no higher than 22nd and completed just 80 laps in A-Main races. However, Vandoorne finished fifth at Thompson last race before taking his Oldsmobile to victory lane.
Trickle fell by the wayside shortly after losing the lead, collected in one of innumerable accidents throughout the evening on the packed Slinger quarter-mile. Only six drivers finished on the lead lap, with 15 of 24 starters taking the checkered flag.
Cody Ghostspeed finished second, earning his first top-ten finish of the season. Tilly Tamburlaine also earned her best finish of the season, coming home third. Jean Girard finished fourth, with Kurt Gunnabee rounding out the top five.
Gunnabee extended his points lead with the top-five finish, as he now sits 39 points ahead of Trickle in the STSC championship hunt. Jack Stevens moved into third with an 11th place finish, as Luis Cabrera Perez missed his second consecutive A-Main after four straight top-tens and two wins to start the season.