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Texas Super Racing Series @ Corpus Christi Motor Speedway 6/5/04

By J M Hallas

Pollard Charges to Payday

Corpus Christi, Texas. The Texas Super Racing Series made it's second trip of the year to the historic high-banked 1/4 mile track, Corpus Christi Motor Speedway. The venue, built in 1945, is the oldest paved track still operating, and it on of the toughest tracks to get a handle on. In practice, Allen Alexander had a motor go away while Jeff Pollard broke a transmission and got very few laps in.

 

In qualifying it was Brad Hudak in his DC Eagle Paint & Body/SouthEast Custom Graphics & Lettering/PolyDyn Tx7/Norman Racing Products/QA1 Shocks/Beadreaux Brothers Cajun Buffet, Laundromat & Dog Wash/Dillon Chassis setting fast time with a 14.611. It was Hudak's second fast time of the year. Hudak would then roll a 2 for the invert putting Lloyd Alexander on the pole.

 

As the green flag waved for the 75 lap feature, Alexander jumped out into the lead, with current points leader, Mike Yale grabbing second, and Hudak third. Just as Alexander and Yale began topull ahead of Hudak, Jamie Fuller and Damon Bean, the yellow for a spin by David White on lap 5. On the restart, Alexander pulled out by five car lengths over Yale, who had a good gap back to Hudak.

 

On lap 14, Yale chance at back to back win at CCMS, and three wins this year, came to an end when he suffered motor troubles and slowed. As he tried to exit the track, Ronald Deleon spun trying to avoid the slowed car of Yale. As green waved, Hudak took a brief look inside Alexander, but Alexander moved out again. Lap 19 saw Ian Webster get seventh from the newcomer, Blake Harris, in his first ever TSRS race.

 

By lap 20 the field split up into two groups and on lap 25 the leaders ran up on traffic. Alexander was able to negotiate traffic the best and came out with a five car length advantage. Fullers chance for a top five finsh ended on lap 27 when he broke while running third and pulled to the infield. Alexander held his five car edge, while Hudak was nearly a full straightaway over Bean.

 

As the race reached halfway it was Alexander, Hudak, Bean, Chris Schild and Pollard in the top five spots. Just after halfway, Deleon spun in front of the leaders who squeezed by without mishap, but did collect Brian Schild who had nowhere to go. Alexander had just started to ease away again when Ian Webster backed into the turn 1 wall to bring out yellow on lap 40.

 

In the final half of the race, Pollard, who had been able to save his tires, was moving forward, while others were beginning to fade. Pollard was able to get around C. Schild on lap 43 to grab fourth and quickly ran down Bean. Pollard ducked inside Bean on lap 49 to snag third. As Pollard reeled in Hudak, Alexander was inching away. But caution came out on lap 58 for another spin by Deleon,to bunch the field.

 

As the race resumed, Alexander, Hudak and Pollard took off from Bean and C. Schild. Lap 60 saw Pollard get along side Hudak and snag the second spot. It wasn't long until Pollard was looking inside Alexander, who appeared to be slowing. Hudak followed Pollard by a now significantly slowing Alexander, with a slowly leaking right front tire.

 

The final caution flew on lap 66 when Beau Bukowski spun his already damaged car. On green, Pollard and Hudak got away from Bean. Pollard increased his margin over Hudak to six car lengths withn just five to go. In the final laps Pollard in his DC Eagle Paint & Body/PolyDyn/Sterling ASI/Keeland Automotive Machine/ DB Motorsports Chassis/ Pontiac Gran Prix, pulled away leaving Hudak and Bean to fight for second. At the checkers it was Pollard, who started ninth, taking the hard earned victory.

 

" I don't know how we did it," stated Pollard, "We were ready to load up and go home(after breaking the transmission in the practice). We left the spare transmission at the shop and borrowed one from Damon(Bean). Since I was running in mid pack early I was able to save my tires and we were faster at the end"

 

1 17 Jeff Pollard

2 04 Brad Hudak

3 Damon Bean

4 7 Chris Schild

5 5 LLoyd Alexander

6 48 Pat Lyon---Hard Charger started 15th

7 11 Brian Schild

8 2 Ronald Deleon

9 98 Robert Elizondo

10 14 Blake Harris

11 13 Ian Webster

12 43 Jamie Fuller

13 00 Beau Bukowoski

14 50 Mike Yale

15 55 Henry Guerra

16 6 David White

 

80 Allen Alexander--DNS--Broke motor in practice

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