Gustin Grabs Randolph County MLRA Checkers

– Sunday night proved to be a fight to the finish at Randolph County Raceway, with Iowa’s Ryan Gustin topping a full field of Lucas Oil MLRA late models. Gustin had to survive a barrage of cautions in the 46-lap main event to capture the $5,000 main event prize, his second with the MLRA at the three-eighths-mile facility. With all three drivers looking for their first MLRA win of the season, it was Simpson darting to the point at the drop of the green. Over the next 10 laps the pace would slow five additional times, all the while Gustin continued to apply pressure onto the bumper of Simpson. For the third time on the same lap, race leader Chad Simpson would fall victim to a flat tire slowing the pace for the final time on the night, and handing the lead over to Gustin. Gustin had a couple of opportunities to overtake Simpson earlier in the race, but the Reaper’s conservative approach paid off in the end.

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