Three Wide Photo Finish Puts Exclamation Mark in Week One of the UCORA Throwback Cup Series

  • Written by: Todd Rose 

The first week of the Ultimate Classic Online Racing Association’s Throwback Cup Series is in the books with racing emanating from the 2008 Legacy Version of the Daytona International Speedway. The series utilizes the ARCA Menards Chevrolet to best recreate the Gen-4 Era of NASCAR racing.

A total of 37 cars took the green flag for the 80 lap race, led to the green by the front row of Brian Peele and Andrew Peele. With a just under two tenths of a second separating the pole from tenth, and a less than a half of a second separating the top 28, it was anyone’s guess who would come out on top at the end of 200 miles. Such is the nature of super speedway racing.

Polesitter Brian Peele would be able to stay out front for just one lap before being shuffled from the top spot. The lead swapped between drivers a total of 18 times between nine drivers, with third place qualifier and sixth place finisher Robert Blouin leading the most at 46.

The yellow flag flew a total of 8 times throughout the event for a total of 22 laps run behind the pace car. With the rash of yellow flags, drivers had plenty of chances to stop for fuel and tires to reach the end of the race, eliminating the need for fuel saving strategies.

Remember what we said about the race winner being anyone’s guess after qualifying, well that statement certainly lived up to itself with the finish of the race. As the checkered flag flew, and the top six crossed the line even the iRacing scoring system couldn’t give a definitive answer to the margin of victory, leaving the space blank.

Officially, it was Todd Laribee taking the win over second place Brandon Shown and third place Creighton Carter in a three wide battle (see the cover photo of this article) by a grand total of two one hundredths of a second from the win to the bottom step of the podium. The rest of the top six, Erik Jeffers, Matt Opbroek, and Robert Blouin followed suit, all packed within just over a tenth of a second.

With his win, Laribee assumed the points lead, with second back all falling in place in relation to their finish in round one. As it is the Throwback Cup, the points system utilized for the championship is the old system created by Bob Latford for the NASCAR Cup Series that was used 1975-2010. The winner of each race takes home 175 points, second 170, and so on in varying increments further down the scoring sheet.

The next race of the UCORA Throwback Cup Series brings the action to Rockingham Speedway where tire conservation will be key to a good finish. That race will take place in two weeks on May 28, with practice beginning at 7:50 pm EST, qualifying at 8:50 pm EST, and racing at 9:00 pm EST. The last time the NASCAR Cup series visited Rockingham in real life was 2004 when Matt Kenseth beat Kasey Kahne to the line in a photo finish, a race which also saw Carl Long barrel roll down the backstretch.

CHRIS STOFER MAKES IT 2 FOR 2 WITH AUTO CLUB WIN

SUN SETS AT AUTO CLUB WITH A REPEAT WINNER

Season 2 of the UCORA Throwback Indycar Season continues to put on a good show with Broadcast partner GSRC (Global Sim Racing Channel).

Chris Stofer for the second week in a row finds himself celebrating a huge win. Stofer lead a race high 64 laps at in extended race. Originally only scheduled for 100 laps drivers got a bonus 33 laps in due to an error when the session was created. The race stewards were advised of the error about 12 laps into the race and decided against restarting the race and made the call to continue to lap 133.

23 drivers took the green flag, a league record, with only 2 drivers failing to finish. Richard Swavely had connections issues and new comer Timothy Bates retired after completing 37 laps. A total of 7 drivers finished the race at least one lap down.

For the second week in a row there was only a single yellow flag, but this time it came out early on lap 10.

Team DFR driver Robert Blouin showed some speed during the practice sessions but could do better than 16th during qualifying.

Blouin lost one place during the first green flag run prior to the caution period at lap 10 but with a good pit stop came back to the green flag restarting in 10th.

Over the next green flag run Blouin kept his laps clean and consistent before he took his first green flag pit stop on lap 46. As he left the pits, Blouin lost the draft and had no help and gradually lost track position making his way down to 19th place.

Blouin made up a couple of positions again before having the make his second green flag stop on lap 77. But when leaving the pits he was unable to catch on to any pack of cars and was losing time as he had no draft help.

Blouin decided to make his third and final pit stop on lap 99 and hoped the race stayed green until the end as it seem some of the leaders were going to try to stretch their fuel and hope for a late caution.

As cars started to make their final pit stops with under 10 laps to go Blouin was able to maintain his pace and pick up position and bring his car home with an 11th place finish.

The Race 2 Replay can be viewed on GSRC AUTO CLUB

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The next Throwback race is Mar 12 2020 at the Circuit of the Americas, the first road race of the season.

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Chris Stofer Dominates At Homestead

First Race of  Season in the books.

Season 2 of the UCORA Throwback Indycar Season got off to great start with Broadcast partner GSRC (Global Sim Racing Channel).

Stofer who started 3rd took the lead on lap 2 and never looked back leading a race high 130 laps. The only time he was not leading was during the 2 pit cycles of the race.

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As this was the first race of the season and with a bunch of new drivers, it was expected the race to have a few cautions. In the end there was only 1 caution and that happened on lap 129 when Travis Bennett got spun by lapped car Jose Miguel Phillips Viguera.

The race featured 20 drivers taking the green flag with 9 finishing on the lead lap.

3 drivers experienced connection issues during the race and finished multiple laps down.

As for Team DFR Driver Robert Blouin. Blouin qualified 7th and got stuck on the low line at the start and got shuffled back to 15th position by lap 5 when he was finally able to move his car to the outside preferred race line.

Blouin made his way to 12th position as he approached the first set of pit stops on lap 45. He rejoined the race in 18th and found himself in 10th place once the pit cycle was completed.

Blouin continued to run his race as planned and was sitting in 6th place by lap 90 when it was time for his second round of pit stops. Making sure to not make any mistake he rejoined the race in 13th place and sat 7th once the pit cycle was done.

After battling with Travis Bennett and Nate Burek for about 25 laps, Blouin was able to finally complete a pass on Bennett coming out of turn 2 on lap 118 and then started to pull away.

When the caution flag came out on lap 128 Blouin, his 6th place finish was set as the race would finish under caution.

The Race 1 Replay can be viewed on GSRC Homestead

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The next Throwback race is on Feb 27 2020 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California.

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Lionheart Indycar Champion – Adam Blocker

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ADAM BLOCKER ON WINNING HIS 2ND CONSECUTIVE LIONHEART INDYCAR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP

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