Brian Mercurio gets his 3rd win of the season after frustration at Las Vegas and puts to bed the chain of new and different winners from the past 3 weeks. Jacob Fisher follows up his worst finish of the season with his 5th runner up finish on the year. The race featured one competition caution which restacked the field, and led to some interesting pit strategy. However, Mercurio and Fisher were the class of the field and it showed with 10+ seconds over the third place car of Andrew Schwartz. Michael Frisch earns the hard charger this week with a 4th place finish from 20th and Jonathan Taylor drove a consistent race to go from 8th on the grid to 5th. Next week begins our run to the championship race at Homestead with the first of two back to back intermediate races. Everyone will see who can actually run that high line at Kansas, and if Briand Mercurio can continue chipping away at Jake’s points lead.
Our third straight, first time, different winner in the VSCRA Premier Series sees Kyle Riley pull a bold strategy move in the initial caution of the race to ultimately win by a hefty margin. When an early caution split strategies, a few cars opted to try it, and Kyle ended up cashing in all of those chips to ultimately bring home the win. Andrew Schwartz, Josh Parker and Timmy Pacchioli fall short on the opposite side of the strategy. Jacob Fisher has a brutal race, as he was caught up in the single accident early on. Out points leader found himself 27th at the end of the day. Andrew Schwartz earns the hard charger award, while Brian Mercurio who led the most laps made a rare mistake on his call for fuel and ended up running out with a few laps to go to end up 14th. Next week we’re tackling left and right turns at the Charlotte Roval. Fisher has proven fast, but can he rebound after his frustrating defeat at Vegas? We’ll find out!
In another survival race, Timmy Pacchioli edges out Jacob Fisher for his first VSCRA National Premier Series win, leaving Jake to think what he could have done after his fourth runner up finish in the series. If you started in the top ten, you likely didn’t have a great day as pole sitter Michael Frisch and 3rd place starter Hayden Loll found themselves a dismal 24th and 26th in the final results. Andrew Schwartz followed up Jacob Fisher with a 3rd place run from 27th but Joey Stone once again gained the hard charger with a 4th place run from 33rd starting spot. Brooks Westfall rounded out the top five. We finally change the pace and move to our intermediate tracks starting with Las Vegas next week.
In a race that featured differing strategies, plenty of cautions but furious action, Mitchell Riggs came out on top! He was able to keep Jake Fisher behind and win his first VSCRA National Premier Series race. It’s Jacob’s third straight runner up finish, giving him a nice points cushion as we near the halfway point of the season. Avery Schwalm ends up third, while pole sitter Chase Alvey finishes 4th. Jon Palmieri rounds out the top five. Joey Stone had an impressive run from 29th to 8th, earning him the hard charger award, while drivers like Zachary Sullivan and Austin Mohr both found themselves 25th or worse after starting in the top ten. Next week we follow up the madness with a trip to Bristol where things are expected to get even more interesting.
In what was certainly the most intense race of the year, Darlington saw key contenders Justin Bland (pole sitter), Brian Mercurio and Jacob Fisher take turns pacing the field. However, by the end of event it was Aaron Mulrooney, Jr. edging Jacob Fisher to the line for his first victory in the VSCRA! The race slowed down 9 different times for a total of 44 laps, over a third of the race. It was survival of the fittest and tire management 101 in the 128 lap event. Newcomers Michael Frisch and Jake Miller showed some strength taking turns running up front and showing they’ll be contenders at some point this season. Points leader in, Kyle Riley ends up with a frustrating night after a couple accidents and falls to 3rd in points to Jacob Fisher and Brian Mercurio after a 12th place finish. Ryan Nawrocki takes his second hard charger award of the year and holds his top five in points with the effort of a 7th place finish. Timmy Pacchioli has showed up, starting 5th and finishing 6th to round out the top five in points. Next week the series takes on the short track of Richmond Raceway.
A caution free Watkins Glen was owned by Brian Mercurio who led 32 of the 41 laps and went on to a commanding 8.6 second win over Jacob Fisher. Newcomer Will Rodgers leads 9 laps en route to a 3rd place finish in his first VSCRA start. Chase Alvey followed up his strong Dover finish with a 4th place finish at Watkins Glen with Dylan Smith rounding out the top five. The race was not without a first lap melee that saw top contenders Kyle Riley and Jon Palmieri suffer from incidents. They both rebounded to finish 18th and 24th in the full 40 car field.
Brian Mercurio showed up for the second race of the season ready to go. He started on pole, and aside from some green flag stops, essentially led flag to flag. The race was slowed down via two incidents, one early and one late which flipped the strategy a few drivers had going on it’s lid and setup the field for a quick dash to the finish. Newcomer Chase Alvey had a strong showing with Jacob Fisher, but got hurt by the late caution and relegated to 6th and 7th, respectively. Kyle Riley continued his success, as well as Ryan Nawrocki as they finished 2nd and 4th, putting Riley atop the points lead. Matt Wishart was another new name, from the FTF Racing League and had a strong showing with the right strategy, leading to a 3rd place finish. Jon Palmieri followed up his Daytona win with a frustrating 24th place finish after being involved in the final accident of the day. Next week the series heads to Watkins Glen where anyone can come out on top…
Jon Palmieri was a man on a MISSION in the Inaugural National Premier Series Daytona 175. The Speed Visions sponsored Chevrolet Camaro starting shotgun on the field, but quickly moved through the pack and took charge. He led 34 of the 70 laps, even the ones between the two slowdowns on lap 15 (#53 engine expiration caused incident) and lap 64 (multi-car racing incident). He sits atop the standings while Kyle Riley, Ryan Nawrocki, Eric Kepf (Pole Winner) and Arnold Columbia rounded out the top five. Next week we’re onto the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway. Can Palmieri get it done two weeks in a row?
Signups are still open to new drivers: http://vscra.com/register/
The VSCRA will be running a National Premier Series Test Race event at Homestead Miami Speedway on August 6th, just a week away from the inaugural event at Daytona International Speedway on August 13th. All currently signed up entries are able to compete, and provide feedback to management. To signup for the VSCRA, please visit the “Register” page.
The race will be the full length, 117 laps / 176 mile event. It will be set to evening time with a 2x multiplier. There will be a 55% fuel capacity and an additional 5 sets of tires to the existing set on the car. Fast repairs will not be allowed.
This session is to ensure that the foundation we have built is both competitive and strategic to all drivers participating. We look forward to seeing a solid field come out and test with us!
The VSCRA will be running a NPS Test Race event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on July 30th, two weeks prior to the inaugural event at Daytona International Speedway on August 13th. All currently signed up entries are able to compete, and provide feedback to management. To signup for the VSCRA, please visit the “Register” page.
The race will be the full length, 107 laps / 161 mile event. It will be set to afternoon time with a 2x multiplier. There will be a 55% fuel capacity and only an additional 3 sets of tires to the existing set on the car. Fast repairs will not be allowed.
This session to ensure that the foundation we have built is both competitive and strategic to all drivers participating. We look forward to seeing a solid field come out and test with us!