Springfield, VA- It was a week of "gaps." Stephen Laarkamp and Cody Wenzen took the trophies on both ends of the country. Just after NASCAR wrapped up their mid season west coast trip in Wine Country, the Formula World Series headed to Sonoma Raceway on the 2.22 Mile IRL course while the Grand National Series found its way back home to the high banked short track of Bristol Motor Speedway.
In California, it was a Stephen Laarkamp kind of night. The Pennsylvanian driver started the night saying it was among his favorite car/track combinations and it showed. Laarkamp lead 26 of the 36 laps after starting from pole and took the win by almost twenty seconds. Tom Carpenter lead after a Lap 13 Accident brought out the yellow and Tim Silliman lead under the final green flag pit cycle. Caeton Bomersbach brought home the Third Man Racing Honda in 2nd while Nicklas Rasmussen rounded out the podium. Stephen Laarkamp extended his lead with the win but still has a fight on his hands over the last three rounds of the season. Caeton Bomersbach is always strong on ovals, especially short ovals, where we head next week at New Hampshire. If Stephen Laarkamp wants to be a three time champion, he's going to have to fight harder than before to do it.
Meanwhile in Tennessee, Chris Gutierrez made everyone look like they were in a race for second much of the night, but trouble getting through lapped traffic on the notoriously difficult high banks of Bristol meant Cody Wenzen was able to sneak through and snag the win. Combined with well timed pit strategy, Wenzen took the win by ten seconds over Will Roberts. Caeton Bomersbach finished third, Stephen Laarkamp faded late to fourth and Taylor Dragoo rounded out the top 5. Chris Gutierrez lead 98 laps, almost two-thirds distance. There were two cautions for Ten Laps, and 8 lead changes among six different leaders. Cody Wenzen emerges with the largest point lead in Grand National history, but it's not going to be enough to lock away this title. With three races remaining, ten points is not very much.
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