Goodbye fast repairs; hello Mike Rasimas. Without a backup car to rely on, Season 1’s Safest Driver picked up where he left off, staying out of trouble to score a commanding first win at Kansas Speedway.
The driver of the #68 GRAAFix eSports Ford led a field of 35 pretty good drivers to the green flag in the Speed Mafia-sponsored race as the recipient of the Mahan Speed Laboratories You Won a Draw Pole Award. As his competitors fought poor handling conditions on low air pressures and across the track’s tricky seams, Rasimas quickly established himself at the front of the field, along with Danny Gutierrez, Shane Parish, Jeff Ward, and Brian Yaczik.
As the race unfolded, Rasimas and the #08 of Gutierrez — who combined to lead all but 6 laps — cemented their status as the cars to beat. Caution flags, though, put a premium on pit strategy and tire management. Rasimas elected to make his final stop on lap 97; Gutierrez waited until lap 110, hoping his fresher tires would pay off on the long run.
The #08’s tire advantage was not enough to catch Rasimas, who pulled away on a one-lap shootout to score his first win in PGRL competition. GRAAFix LC Motorsports teammate Jeff Ward finished 2nd while Shane Parish rounded out the podium. Danny Gutierrez came back to finish 5th, behind Brian Yaczik, but the result was not indicative of the speed the #08 Active Church Ford displayed all evening.
Chris Lanini, who made the oldest tires in the field work to come home 10th, celebrated his result after a mandatory trip to the Fluffy Infield Care Center. The driver of the #92 was okay after flying through the air just past the start/finish line, leading Michael Chrobok to chuckle, “I’m in danger”.
Series debutants Christopher DeWald and Chance Manning, who finished 12th and 13th, respectively, picked up Hard Charger Awards, each driver advancing 22 places from their starting positions. Django Matthews, who suffered an early mechanical failure, will start the next points-paying race from pole position as the recipient of the Mahan Speed Laboratories You Finished Last Pole Award.
The Pretty Good Racing League heads to the Figure 8 Jump version of Irwindale Speedway for a non-points extravaganza, the “I’m Flying Through The Air. This is Pretty Good 45”, on Tuesday, May 24th. While the race won’t be broadcasted, fans of PGRL can count on an epic highlight reel and plenty of pretty good memes.