Pushkin made history Sunday night, becoming the first cat to win a stock car race with a win in the River Ranger 75 at Kern County Raceway Park (CA).
Motorsport’s first feline dominated the second race of the inaugural Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC) season, leading 58 of 75 laps in a race which left only six contestants on the lead lap by its conclusion.
Pushkin started sixth in the 36-car field, but gained track position by staying out during an early caution when most of the field pitted. This paid off, as early cautions slowed the field and trapped several cars one lap down.
Along with Pushkin, all of the top four finishers failed to make the A-Main in the season-opening Winter Warmup 90 at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA). Chester Curd finished second, followed by Adderall Allmendinger and Leonid Yakubovich.
Allmendinger’s podium finish comes after a particularly impressive race, as he charged from 27th to third. Allmendinger narrowly avoided participation in the B-Main, as 28 cars locked in during last night’s qualifying.
This led to a massive shakeup of the points standings at this early stage of the season. Luis Cabrera Perez remains the points leader following a tenth-place finish. Kurt Gunnabee sits 14 markers behind Perez, followed by Wes Winston, Tallahassee King, and Jack Stevens.
The race had a high attrition rate, with the yellow flag displayed five times for 20 of the race’s 75 laps. Nine of the 36 starters failed to finish the race.
B-Main Recap: While Joe Trickle’s night ended early in the A-Main, he led every lap from the pole in the B-Main securing his transfer spot. The 25-lap race saw considerable movement, with Rory Walker fell from second to 16th marking the biggest faller. The hard charger of the B-Main was Stevens, moving from 13th to fourth to earn his spot in the A-Main, where he finished 23rd. Duff Wallace finished fifth in the B-Main, then raced his way from 33rd to 13th in the A-Main.
Next Race: The third race of the STSC season comes with a little extra money on the line, as the Midwest Spring Nationals at Rockford Speedway (IL) pay $10,000 to win. A quarter-mile with 22 banks, close-quarters and high speeds will dominate the race in the pursuit for the big bucks.