Series News: Tyler Cooke Steals the Show in Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round Two

Stock Car Steel-SRI MMX logoTyler Cooke, Randy Sampson, Ross Chastain and Scooter all took home victories in Round Two of the Stock Car Steel/SRI five-week championship series at Mooresville Motorplex (MMX) on Wednesday night. After taking a week off for the GoPro® Be a HERO Karting Challenge last Wednesday, Round Two set the stage for what will be a four-race shootout to win the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship.

Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round Two – TaG Senior Division
It was Tyler Cooke who stole the show in the TaG Senior division final race by leading all 25 laps. Pole sitter, Colin Braun, looked to be a serious threat to Cooke’s lead. However, Braun and Jack Weprin made contact on lap four exiting the double rights, which ultimately put Braun out of the race.

By halfway, Cooke had created over a three-second lead over second place of Denny Hamlin. It was Jason Bowles who proved to be Cooke’s strongest challenger. After starting last on the field and with no practice laps, Bowles raced his way up to third place by lap 14. Bowles was eventually able to overtake Hamlin for second place in the bowl turn, but he was not able to catch Cooke. Cooke crossed the line in first, followed by Bowles and Hamlin. Following post-race tech inspection, Hamlin was disqualified and third place was given to Nick Losito.

TaG Masters Division –
In the TaG Masters division 20-lap final, Randy Sampson scored the victory. Sampson took off to an early lead, trailed closely by Jeremy Fuller and Tim Shutt. With five laps to go, Fuller began to close up the one-second gap Sampson had put between Fuller and himself. Fuller had closed onto Sampson’s bumper with three laps to go, but he was never able to complete a pass on Sampson before the checkered flag dropped. Sampson took the win, while Fuller and Shutt rounded out the top three. Following post-race tech inspection, Shutt was disqualified and third place was given to Justin Halliday.

Rental Kart League Light Division –
Ross Chastain powered to the Rental Kart League Light division points win overall for Round Two against a full field of 22 drivers. Under the new Rental League format, the driver with the highest combined total of heat race points wins overall for the night. The Light division was incredibly close and tough competition, with three different winners in the three heat races. Ryan Blaney won Heat One, Drew Herring won Heat Two and Chastain won Heat Four to give him enough points to secure the win overall for the night.

Rental Kart League Heavy Division –
In his first visit to MMX and first time in a MMX rental kart, Scooter won the Rental Kart Heavy division overall for Round Two. Scooter had three solid finishes in the heat races, but never a win and was still able to secure the victory overall for the night. Sberry, Don Winchester and Mark Nahrstedt all had heat race wins in Round Two.

Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series Round 3 –
The Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series will return to MMX next Wednesday night, June 5 for Round Three of the five-week series. Special for Round Three, the trophies from the Stock Car Steel/SRI Trophy Build-Off competition will be on display in the registration building. Voting on the trophies will begin via Twitter next Wednesday to determine which trophy will go to the TaG Masters Champion.

Each round of the Stock Car Steel/SRI Championship Series consists of two practice sessions, a qualifying session and final races under the lights for the TaG classes. The Light and Heavy Divisions of rental kart league racing will have three heat races, each scored for points. A champion will be crowned in each division after the completion of the five-week series on June 19. Gates open at 3 p.m. with final races set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

There is a $10 Facility Entrance Fee for all spectators and kids 10 and under are FREE. Individuals who have a MMX membership will not be charged a Facility Entrance Fee.

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