THOMAS AXSOM BESTS RYAN KUHN FOR ROAD TRIP TOUR WIN AT SOUTH BOSTON
By Kyle Souza/Souza Media
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — It was a battle between two real-life team members on Thursday night. Thomas Axsom, a spotter, was battling Ryan Kuhn, his driver, for the victory in the Seekonk Speedway Road Trip Tour at South Boston Speedway. The race was sponsored by Richie’s Insulation and was the sixth of eight in the Road Trip Tour for 2020.
Axsom would take the top spot from Richie Murray after contact on lap 29, and would never looked back en route to his first win of the virtual Seekonk season. Kuhn, who won his qualifying race and started back in eighth, slowly worked his way to the front and was there at the end. In the final 25 laps, the second caution of the race slowed the field and gave Kuhn another shot at Axsom, but he couldn’t get around. After spotting Kuhn in real-life for years, and getting set to do it again this weekend at the Oxford Plains Speedway for the prestigious Oxford 250, Axsom would hold off Kuhn for the virtual Seekonk win.
“It’s so intimidating when you see your own driver behind you, you know what he can do,” Axsom said. “I was so focused. PJ Evans was all over me earlier, then Ryan is all over me. It was so much fun during the whole race.”
Kuhn would finish second, adding to his impressive list of stats as part of the Road Trip Tour so far in 2020, with victories in four of the first six races. He leads the championship standings heading for the final two races by a wide margin.
“I was trying to save the tire the first 50 or 75 laps, and I think we managed it well, we were there at the end,” Kuhn said. “This was a confidence booster going ahead to the weekend. I’m glad to have Tom back for the first time this season since he moved.”
PJ Evans was third, followed by Ryan Doucette, Ty LeClerc, Chase Belcher, Brad Sousa, Nick Wood, Austin Flanagan and Trent Goodrow.
Richie’s Insulation provided a $300 race sponsorship for the event — $200 of which going to the top-five finishers and the other $100 going towards the season point fund. Axsom earned $75 for his win, while Kuhn earned $50 for second. Evans would collect $30 for third, while Doucette was awarded $25 and LeClerc $20.
Outside of Richie’s Insulation, a full list of contingency sponsors also provided winnings to multiple other drivers in the field. A full list of awarded contingencies is below.
CONTINGENCY FOR SEEKONK iRACING AWARDS. ALL EIGHT RACES:
Homerun Heats: Each heat race winner will earn $8 courtesy of Watermark Electric (WINNERS: RYAN KUHN, RYAN DOUCETTE, TRENT GOODROW)
Crime To Pay More Than A Dime 10th Place Feature Finisher: $100 to the 10th place finisher in each feature (WINNER: TRENT GOODROW)
“Hard Luck” Award Courtesy of Atlantic Yacht Rigging: $25 to the hard luck driver by Mike Floyd & Atlantic Yacht Rigging (WINNER: RICHIE MURRAY)
MID-PACK MANIAC: A&A Auto Parts will sponsor the 12th place finisher in each feature with a $12 prize named the “Mid-Pack Maniac” (WINNER: TOM SCULLY III)
Halfway Bonus: Anchor Paws Rescue will provide $25 to the driver that leads the halfway lap at each championship event (WINNER: THOMAS AXSOM)
Leading The White: One Free Paint Scheme To the Driver That Leads the White Flag Lap in All Events Courtesy of Trent Goodrow Designs (WINNER: THOMAS AXSOM)
Helger’s Southcoast Power Move Of the Race Award: $25 to the driver that improves the most positions in the feature (WINNER: CHASE BELCHER)
Lucas Milhaupt Fourth-Place: Lucas Milhaupt will sponsor the fourth-place driver at lap 44 with a $4.44 award at each event (WINNER: RYAN DOUCETTE)
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|OFFICIAL FINISH: RICHIE’S INSULATION 150 AT SOUTH BOSTON|
|1. Thomas Axsom|
|2. Ryan Kuhn|
|3. PJ Evans|
|4. Ryan Doucette|
|5. Ty LeClerc|
|6. Chase Belcher|
|7. Brad Sousa|
|8. Nick Wood|
|9. Austin Flanagan|
|10. Trent Goodrow|
|11. Reese Bogue|
|12. Tom Scully III|
|13. Richard Murray|
|14. Sam Lincoln|
|15. Kyle Casper|