Spark Spencer III led just three laps in the Short Track Simulation Circuit (STSC) race at South Alabama Speedway. Fortunately for him, it was the last three. Spencer III took the lead and the win on a late-race shootout, charging from third to first in one lap before the caution flew for an incident involving Lightning McQueen.
On lap 87 of the 90-lap race, Spencer restarted third, behind Satoshi Nakata and McQueen. Spencer stormed past both drivers on that lap, before McQueen drifted high in turn four and crashed spectacularly into the frontstretch wall. That incident brought out the caution, allowing Spencer to take the victory under the yellow flag.
The victory is Spencer’s first career win, and it snapped a two-race streak for Yuno Wozy. Wozy finished 29th after being involved in a lap 6 incident on the backstretch which saw his car go careening into the nearby forest. No bears were harmed in the making of the following clip.
Nakata held on to second place, with Leonid Yakubovich rounding out the podium by avoiding the last lap carnage. Rick James finished fourth, with Tallahassee King fifth.
On a chaotic day at the races, the 12th place finisher moved into the points race. Carl Downey now holds a one-point advantage over Cooter Bigsby, who finished sixth. The two title contenders combined for 40 laps led in the race, but ultimately were not in contention for the victory at race’s end. Wozy now sits third in points, 24 markers behind Downey, with Nakata and James rounding out the top five.
Rookie of the Race: Maybe one day, a Season 1 driver will win this season. Spark Spencer III takes another one for the rookies.
Golden Wheel: Yuno Wozy still leads the chase for the Golden Wheel, with two wins. Cooter Bigsby and Spark Spencer III hold the other two wins this season.
Lapsetter: Carl Downey took the pole, his first fast lap of the season. Nobody has won two poles yet this season.
Lead Dog Award: Cooter Bigsby led 28 of the 90 laps in today’s race. He has now led more than 100 laps this season.