PGRL S2 R11 Recap
09 August 2022
Pretty Good Racing League | Season 2 | Round 11
Premier Series | Michigan International Speedway
Sim Racing Software: iRacing
Brian Yaczik with Loud Pedal Motorsports took his 3rd win of the season under caution flag conditions tonight in the “Yaz’s Sandwiches & More 200” at Michigan International Speedway with the Pretty Good Racing League ahead of Scott Eckrich and Chance Manning. “I’ve been to plenty of races at [Michigan International Speedway]. I love that facility, love the area”, Yaczik shared with us as the action came to a close, “Every time we get to come down to race here it’s always a little special to me.”
Chance Manning started on the pole tonight alongside James Krahula as the green flag was thrown out over the field. Manning had a good launch off the start, but soon found himself under pressure from Thomas George after the first few laps. Jeff Ward, the points leader going into the evening, had his race ended only 10 laps in with technical issues putting his hard-earned lead at risk late in the season. Manning continued to control the field with George pushing him from behind with the first 20 laps were completed as Scott Eckrich broke into the top 10.
George made a move around the inside of Manning for the lead on lap 25 taking control of the field as Eckrich’s charge to the front continued moving up to 5th and quickly closing on the leaders. Manning got alongside George and the two leaders started trading crossovers back and forth with neither driver wanting to give up the lead. The battling allowed Mike Rasimas to close in on the leading battle pressuring for position forcing Manning to concede for the moment falling back in line behind George.
Only 30 laps into the run, Manning, George, and Rasimas were three wide over the lead with Eckrich up to only 1.5 seconds behind them in 4th. The field started cycling through green flag pit stops throughout the leading battle with Manning and George coming down on lap 35 while Rasimas and Eckrich came down pit road on the following lap. George was the leading driver as the running order finished shuffling from the pit cycle with Manning in 2nd and Eckrich in 5th 2.8 seconds behind the leader.
As the drivers approached the second half of the night, Eckrich was making an aggressive charge back to the leaders overtaking Rasimas and George and closing in on Manning only a few laps after rejoining the track from pit road. A caution at the halfway point gave the field an opportune chance to make another pit stop with Eckrich winning the race off pit road and taking control of the field for the restart going into lap 52. The aggression was high with George and Manning banging doors over 2nd and making several attempts for the lead.
Cautions plagued the next 20 laps while feuds erupted between drivers throughout the field delaying the race further. The green flag came out as racing resumed on lap 73 with Rasimas jumping out in front taking control of the field with George and Manning again battling each other aggressively, this time over 2nd place. Brian Yaczik found himself position between the two while Eckrich cautiously maintained distance, back in 8th place, between himself and the battles ahead.
Going into the final 15 laps, Rasimas was still in lead with Manning close behind looking to the inside. George got to the outside of Manning and the two were again battling amongst themselves allowing Rasmias to pull away out front. Yaczik got between them pushing George to 5th back behind Eckrich as Yaczik and Manning closed back in on Rasimas overtaking the leader and battling each other for the lead with Eckrich running behind Yaczik in 3rd with 10 laps remaining. Eckrich pushed Yaczik into the lead as Manning fell back to 3rd. George, Carroll, and Rasimas went three wide over 4th place with Michael Chrobok getting his nose into the fight.
Manning got alongside Eckrich and started aggressively battling over 2nd place behind Yaczik with 6 laps remaining. Manning cleared ahead of Eckrich and quickly pushed for the lead again diving below Yaczik. Yaczik pulled a crossover taking the lead back with Eckrich pushing him. Eckrich continued to push Yaczik trying to move the lead battle away from Manning as the laps counted down. As they ran into the final 2 laps, the caution flag again came out over the field bringing the action to an end prematurely with Brian Yaczik taking the checkered flag under yellow flag conditions with Scott Eckrich, Chance Manning, Drew Carroll, and Mike Rasimas rounding out the top 5 finishers tonight at Michigan International Speedway.
Jeff Ward leads in the point standings the 10th straight week in a row with 370 points. Brian Yaczik holds onto 2nd place now 32 points behind the leader. Scott Eckrich moves up two spots into 3rd with 328 points with Drew Carroll and Thomas George rounding out the top 5 in the standings going into the final round next week. Next week, the drivers of the Pretty Good Racing League head down to Virgina for the “We Flex Our Muscles on Track 200 presented by #TeamLaps4MD” at Richmond Raceway on August 16th with all of the intense action broadcast live at 8:50PM ET exclusively on the Virtual Grip Network!