This season in the Guy’s Oil East Coast Thunder Late Models has been one of the most competitive in history. In eleven races leading up to Saturday’s finale the series had only seen a trio of two time winners with another handful of drivers visiting victory lane once in the northeast based tour. The Late Models visited fan favorite New Hampshire Motor Speedway in their twelfth race of the season for The Granite State 100 presented by Bill’s Auto Repair and George’s Auto Body with over a dozen Late Model cars taking the green flag.
Cori Bibbus started his #70 from the pole position and looked poised to take away the victory after a late race pit stop. Robert Baucom had led up to that point with under ten laps to go and stayed north of the pit road under caution, becoming the only driver to stay out on track under the yellow. As Bibbus closed in and gave Baucom a slight contact in the corner, he temporarily lost control of his car, sending him up the track which would give Baucom breathing room heading to the checkers. Rick Craddock came home in second with Bruce Phalin, Bibbus and CK rounding out the top five.
The race featured three lead changes between four drivers. Five cautions slowed the event for twenty-one laps. Baucom led the most laps in the event as he paced the field for 63 of the 105 circuits on Saturday.
The championship hunt was locked up at the start of The Granite State 100 as Danny Savary came into the event with a 54 points margin. Bruce Phalin and Jeff Rogers would leave New Hampshire Motor Speedway tied for second in the points. The idle Bobby Ambroceo and Jim Windrow completed the top five.
RLMtv.com sees action tonight (February 7th) with the CASCOR Super Car series visiting Daytona International Speedway. The action gets underway at 8:10pm EST.
Until then, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!