The third race of the Interleague Charity Racing’s 2009-10 campaign took the drivers to the Chicagoland Speedway this past Saturday night where NARL driver Eric Monaco (Charlotte, NC) outlasted a field of twenty to take the win. The race, which brought multiple leagues together from the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season platform raised over $400 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, bringing the total to over $1000 between the three events ran at ICR.
Monaco started sixth in the 134-lap race and led a race high seventy-two of those circuits but it was far from easy as he and outside pole sitter Daniel Irvine (Chesterton, IN) swapped the lead throughout most of the event. When it came down to the end Irvine, who was running second at the time to Monaco, had caught the #71 Chevrolet and made the pass on the leader. Laps later though the toll the late charge had taken on Irvine’s tires had shown as he slapped the wall with a few laps remaining, giving Monaco the inside line to pass and an eventual win on the 1.5-mile oval. IFRT’s Brian Scott (Florida) came home in third while Ryan Moody (Chesapeke City, MD) barely edged out Allen Ebert (Marshall, MI) for the fourth place spot.
The lead was swapped seventeen times (not including the many lead changes on the back straightaway as Irvine and Monaco battled) between nine drivers. The yellow flag appeared ten times for forty-one laps while half of the twenty starters were on the racetrack at the completion of the event.
For more information on how you can donate to the Victory Junction Gang Camp through Interleague Charity Racing, please visit their website at interleaguecharityracing.webs.com.
Until next time, keep the hammer down and we’ll see you at the track!