LOUGEE TAKES 750’S, LEADING GREEN TO CHECKERS
David Lougee turned his unlucky season around with a monster win, leading the SYRA 750 class throughout the 20 lap feature. Lougee went quickly out to a large lead as the field battled behind him. He held of Christine Cavallaro on the solo (lap 13) restart of the feature and moved away enroute to a .113 second win over tenacious Kaitlyn Donovan. Cavallaro was just .66 off in third.
Lougee was on the front row for the opening blast, outside Ashley Kuhn. Theyt went doorhandle to doorhandle down the frontstretch before Lougee claimed the lead out of turn two. Pit work after the heat, which saw him finished last on the field must have turned up the power as he began to pull swiftly away from the field. Shelby Donovan came rapidly up from sixth to pry Cavallaro from second on lap two. She hotly pursued Lougee but was unable to close the gap.
Meanwhile, Curtis Rolando worked up to Donovan’s bumper by lap five. Two laps later, Lougee was enjoying a comfortable fifteen car lead as Donovan and Rolando worked each other over like a pair of middleweights over second.
As Lougee disappeared ahead, they fought side-by-side for the runnerup spot. Cavallaro and Kuhn followed with Shelby Donovan and Bowser dueling side-by-side.
By lap 12, second was still a seesaw battle between Kaitlyn and Rolando when there was contact between them, forcing Donovan to a halt in the infield, just off turn four. Both went to the back for the restart.
Kaitlyn was on Lougee’s rear bumper and Cavallaro on his shoulder. As he pulled away from the latter, Kaitlyn was pushing at his back end. Into lap 15, they were pursued by Cavallaro, Bowser, Rolando, Kuhn and Shelby.
Lougee had earned a carlength worth of breathing room with three circuits remaining, but she closed to his bumper with just one lap to go. She gamely harried Lougee through the final turns but Lougee held the lead through the checkers.
Fourth through seventh went to Rolando, Bowser, Donovan and Kuhn.