Output Rebounds with Cleaner Form at Richmond
27 Jul 2023
Round 2 of the Output Series at Richmond Raceway for the Simracerhub.com 125 provided fans with an exciting and much cleaner race compared to the previous week's event at Pocono. With thrilling green-flag racing and a total of six cautions, the drivers showcased their skills and determination on the challenging short track.
Christian Budd secured pole position, edging out Travis Barnes at the start. However, Barnes got penalized for jumping the start, leading to an early setback for the talented driver. Fortunately for Barnes, luck was on his side when contact from Dylan Matthews sent Andrew A Perkins spinning, prompting the first caution. This turn of events gave Barnes the lucky dog opportunity, allowing him to regain the lead lap and continue the race.
As the race resumed, the action picked up until the second caution at Lap 43. This incident involved Andrew Griesbaum, who spun in turn 4 and collected Matt Sisoler's #93 car. The yellow flag waved again shortly after when Zach Skotnicki made contact with Joe Slama's #9 car while braking into turn 1, collecting Kyle Crouse in the process.
At Lap 80, the caution flag flew once more due to an incident involving Paul Cocks. An interesting pit strategy from James Watson, who took only two tires, placed him in the lead over Christian Budd for the restart. However, Watson's advantage quickly diminished as cars with four fresh tires surged past him once the race resumed, causing him to fade and ultimately finish in 9th place.
Late in the race, another caution was triggered by Paul Cocks spinning into Joe Slama, adding to the unfortunate events of their day and extending the race to a green-white-checkered finish. Scott Rickard decided to pit from the front for fresh tires but found himself caught up in trouble during the restart, resulting from a chain reaction with Matt Horton and causing mayhem for several in the back of the field.
Despite the late-race drama, Christian Budd managed to hold off Kyle McCoy, who impressively climbed all the way from an 18th place start, and TJ Crampton, securing a well-deserved victory after leading all but 5 laps.
Team Harmon had a remarkable performance, taking three of the top four spots, which helped them extend their lead in the team standings. On the other hand, Team Crouse gained ground on Team Hernandez, resulting in a tie for second place, with Team Watson trailing by only three points.
Looking ahead, the excitement continues with the next race heading back to Michigan for high-speed, 200+ mph action. As the season unfolds, drivers and teams will undoubtedly continue to demonstrate their skill, strategy, and determination to secure their place at the top of the standings. Fans can expect even more thrilling races in the Output Series as the competition heats up.