Sim Marketing Solutions Super Series – Super Late Models – Race 12 – August 16, 2018 – Lanier National Speedway
Last night, the Super Series threw it back in style on Throwback Night, as the series would finish up the 2018 Summer Season with the running of the Hides Pride Championship 200. Entering the night, Joe Schaffer Jr. held a 13 point lead, but it would take a tall take for Jim Caudill Jr. to overcome that gap.
Race Summary – Early on in the race, Joe Schaffer Jr. found his way to the front after a restart, but shortly after both Jimmy Mullis and Jim Caudill Jr. would work their way by. With plenty of green flag racing, Mullis and Caudill would pull away and were enjoying a comfortable lead, while behind them Gareth Gonder was surprising everyone and charging to the front. One last restart on lap 145 allowed Gonder to close that gap, and then went to work. Gonder worked his way up to 2nd, and then on lap 165 he made his move under Mullis for the lead. The two would make contact, but Gonder prevailed and then pulled away to pick up his first career Super Series victory.
Race Winner – Gareth Gonder – Qualified 22nd, 36 laps led, 2nd career SARA win
Top Five – 2nd Jim Caudill Jr., 3rd Jimmy Mullis, 4th Michael Goddard, 5th Ryan Matthews
Hard Charger – Gareth Gonder (+21 positions gained)
Pole Winner – Bill Martin (19.627 seconds)
Rookie of the Season – Jarrad Wakefield finished the race as the highest rookie in 14th. But it was Adam Josselyn finished just a couple spots behind him which was enough to score Rookie of the Season honors.
Points Battle – After qualifying, Joe Schaffer Jr. unofficially clinched the championship, allowing him to have a stress-free night where he ran top three for most of the race before eventually pulling it into the pits early. Despite pulling off, Schaffer scored enough points during the season to win his 4th career Super Series title by just 7 points over Jim Caudill Jr. Schaffer’s championship season consisted of 12 starts, 10 top fives, 11 top tens, 1 win and 149 laps led.
HidesPride Head2Head Throwdown – Row 12 on the grid was selected at random for drivers to compete head-to-head, with Jarrad Wakefield (14th) finishing ahead of Justin Wariner (19th) to win the Throwdown.