Ward Goes the Distance; Wins 300-Miler at Charlotte

Quiet domination is Jeff Ward’s M.O. The Fairdale, Kentucky, driver did just that Tuesday night, leading 92 laps and winning the “Chad Cole, He’s My Guy 300” at Charlotte.

Django Matthews led the field to the green flag as the recipient of the Mahan Speed Laboratories You Finished Last Pole Award.

Pretty good drivers take the green flag for their longest event of the year.

Sequential SimSport — a team new to PGRL in Season 2 — made a quick push to the front, with its driver Greg O’Berry taking the lead on lap 3, followed by Cody Erdmann on lap 9. Erdmann, running a paint scheme to honor the servicemembers who lost their lives in the 1990 Haifa Ferry Accident, had a strong car under the dwindling sunlight, as he remained up front until lap 42.

Cody Erdmann raced in remembrance of those lost in the 1990 Haifa Ferry Accident. His father, Steve, was a part of VF103 and the USS Saratoga, and was supposed to be on the ferry that sank.

When the lights came on, the complexion of the race changed. Shane Parish, with MPR Racing Engines on and under the hood, put his 399 miles of pre-race practice to good use, taking the top spot just before green flag pit stops. He cycled back to the point after all drivers made their first visit to pit road for four tires and fuel. But after a restart following a single-car spin, Parish got loose in turn 4 on his cold tires. While he made an impressive save, his bobble handed the lead to Jeff Ward.

Shane Parish made a pretty good save in turn 4.

From then on, Ward was nearly untouchable. The #9 Chevrolet, which had started the race from 22nd position, dominated from lap 98 to the checkered flag. Ward cruised to the win by over 4 seconds, making his third trip to Victory Lane on the year and picking up the event’s Hard Charger Award.

Jeff Ward leads Thomas J. George.

Danny Gutierrez, who also had a dramatic save, finished 2nd, followed by Shane Parish. Brian Yaczik and Cody Erdmann rounded out the top 5.

Danny Gutierrez also made a pretty good save, this time in turn 2.

Thomas J. George came home 6th, ahead of James Krahula, Michael Chrobok, and Vincent Crow. Pete Baskins recovered from a spin to finish 10th, earning his best result in PGRL competition.

Pete Baskins notched a top 10 finish after spinning before the halfway mark.
Jeff Ward put the Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. / Mac Bailey Construction Chevrolet in Victory Lane for the third time in 2022.

The Pretty Good Racing League heads to World Wide Technology Raceway for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser 200 on Tuesday, June 7. Jeff Ward rolls into Gateway with the series points lead, but teammate Scott Eckrich looks to start chipping away at the advantage as he returns to competition following extensive chassis repairs. The Virtual Grip Network will have all the action from St. Louis covered live beginning at 8:50pm ET.

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