Posted on November 13, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev. (November 8, 2013) – The final race of the 2013 Inaugural Season of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks would see the high-powered formula off-road vehicles tackle the temporary constructed asphalt course at Caesars Palace under the lights of Las Vegas, just steps away from the famous Las Vegas strip.
The day would begin with SST’s taking to the track for morning and afternoon practice sessions, before clocking a best of 2-laps qualifying run. Keegan Kincaid of Crandon, Wisc., driving the Traxxas sponsored No. 47 for Mike Jenkins laid down the quickest lap with a 23.436. Robby Gordon would qualify in the second position with a 23.558, and Jerrett Brooks qualifying third with a 24.043
Friday night’s SST final would see P.J. Jones and Rob MacCachren pace the 30-lap SST final to green. The races original start would be called back as Arie Luyendyk Jr. would charge into Scotty Steele’s truck in turn 2, as the trucks became lodged together the red flag came out. After a complete restart Jones would lead lap-1 followed by MacCachren and Brooks.
The next 5 laps the top three would remain the same as Jones extented his lead to nearly four truck lengths ahead of MacCachren. On Lap-8, Brooks would miss his mark in turn 2 allowing Gordon to slip by into the third position.
On Lap-15 mechanical failure would strike multiple trucks, including championship points leader MacCachren would slow on the front stretch ending his run in the second position. At nearly the same time, Gordon and Sheldon Creed would also encounter mechanical woes.
Creed would retire the No. 74 Magnaflow entry early while MacCachren and Gordon would return to the race for valuable championship points.
Restarting in the fifth position Gordon did not waste any time moving back into the top 3. The front runners would consist of Jones, Brooks, and Gordon for the next 7 laps until Brooks would encounter a mechanical issue allowing Gordon to overtake the second position. Brooks would lose several positions before eventually dropping out of competition, allowing youngster Scotty Steele to move into the podium contention.
In hot pursuit of Jones for the remaining circuits Gordon’s quest for his fourth win of 2013 would evaporate as Jones, would go on to capture his first ever SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win. Gordon would cross the finish line in second while Steele would earn his first SST podium finish.
With MacCachren encountering mechanical issues late in the SST final, Gordon would go on to clinch the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks inaugural season points championship by just 7 points.
Watch for the 2014 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks season schedule to be released in the upcoming weeks.
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Stadium SUPER Trucks Final (30 Laps): 1. P.J. Jones; 2. Robby Gordon; 3. Scotty Steele; 4. Jerrett Brooks; 5. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; 6. Rob MacCachren; 7. Sheldon Creed; 8. Craig Potts; 9. Keegan Kincaid; 10. Kyle LeDuc.
Stadium SUPER Trucks Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Kyle LeDuc; 2. P.J. Jones; 3. Arie Luyendyk Jr. 4. Jerrett Brooks; 5. Keegan Kincaid.
Stadium SUPER Trucks Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Robby Gordon; 2. Rob MacCachren; 3. Sheldon Creed; 4. Scotty Steele; 5. Craig Potts.
Stadium SUPER Trucks Qualifying (Best of 2 Laps): 1. Keegan Kincaid 23.436; 2. Robby Gordon 23.558; 3. Jerrett Brooks 24.043; 4. Rob MacCachren 24.178 5. Kyle LeDuc 24.211; 6. Sheldon Creed 24.396; 7. P.J. Jones 24.858; 8. Scotty Steele 25.330; 9. Arie Luyendyk Jr. 25.590; 10. Criag Potts 28.160.
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