SEEKONK, Mass. — Ryan Kuhn used a pass of Brandon Wilkinson before the halfway point and a dominant second half of the race to score his second straight victory in Seekonk Speedway’s iRacing Road Trip Tour on Thursday night at the virtual Irwindale Speedway. Kuhn, who also picked up a win at Southern National Motorsports Park two weeks earlier, drove the No. 72 Bernier’s Liquors machine to Victory Lane, closing to just four points behind the lead with three races down in the eight-race season.
The race was the Memorial Classic 150 presented by Bernier’s Liquors — honoring all veterans with a special race approaching Memorial Day weekend. Bernier’s Liquors, located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, was the primary sponsor of the event, placing $200 towards the winning purse, and $100 towards the season-ending point fund.
“All in all, it was a good race, got a little hairy at the end, but it ended well,” Kuhn said. “It was fun. It was about how much rear tires I had left — if you can save your tires a little bit better, you can get a good jump on the restarts.”
The race included a mix of drivers from Seekonk’s Fast Friday and NASCAR Saturday program, along with additional crew and family members from all of Seekonk’s race teams.
Wilkinson, who was literally “on the road” from his house in Connecticut, down south to compete on another friend’s simulation due to his upcoming racing action in South Carolina, would finish second, posting his third straight top-five to open the series. In real-life, Wilkinson is a spotter for multiple race teams, including Seekonk’s own Derek Gluchacki.
Thomas Axsom, who started 16th and worked his way to the front, also driving a Bernier’s Liquors car, finished third, while Jake Matheson, who ran inside the top-five for the entirety of the race, was fourth. Ryan Doucette had to work his way back from two wrecks early in the race to round out the top-five.
Richard Regan Jr. was sixth, recovering himself from an early spin, while Tom Scully III, Giovanni Ruggerio, Robert Rund and Trent Goodrow completed the top-10.
Kuhn would earn $75 for the win, courtesy of Bernier’s Liquors, while Wilkinson would cash $50 for second. Axsom was a $30 winner with third, Matheson a $25 winner with fourth and Doucette collected $20 for finishing fifth. Outside of the sponsorship money from Bernier’s Liquors, each race on the Seekonk Road Trip Tour also includes contingency sponsorships throughout the field. A full listing of winners for Irwindale is below.
Homerun Heats ($8 Per Heat Winner): Giovanni Ruggerio, Richard Regan Jr., Richie Murray
B-Main Winner ($11 From Team V Racing): Thomas Axsom
Route 6 Kia Crime To Pay More Than A Dime 10th Place Feature Finisher ($100): Trent Goodrow
“Hard Luck” Award Courtesy of Atlantic Yacht Rigging ($25): PJ Evans
Mid-Pack Maniac From A&A Auto Parts, 12th Place Finisher ($12): Mason Tessier
Halfway Bonus, Anchor Paws Rescue ($25): Ryan Kuhn
Leading The White, Free Paint Scheme From Trent Goodrow: Ryan Kuhn
Helger’s Southcoast Power Move Of the Race (Most Positions Gained, $25): Thomas Axsom
Lucas Milhaupt Fourth-Place On Lap 44 ($4.44): Jake Matheson
After three races, Wilkinson leads Kuhn by four points, while Richard Regan Jr. is 20 back, Jake Matheson is 22 back and Doucette is 24, completing the top-five.
The Seekonk Speedway iRacing Road Trip Tour continues on Thursday, June 25, when drivers tackle The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, live on Speed51.com.
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