Hurczyn Tops Shortened TCR Shootout At Portland

Hurczyn Tops
Michael Hurczyn leads a pack of cars Sunday at Portland Int'l Raceway.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Michael Hurczyn won Sunday’s abbreviated TC America TCR/TCA race at Portland Int’l Raceway, part of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races presented by Fastlife.TV.

Bryan Putt won for the second straight day in the TCR Cup division, while Mark Pombo won in TCA.

At the green, polesitter Hurczyn led the pack to the line and led through the first lap over teammate Nate Vincent. In TCR Cup, polesitter Putt grabbed the lead over Stephen Vajda and in TCA, polesitter Nick Wittmer held the lead over Chris Haldeman and Mark Pombo.

By lap three, Hurczyn had a 1.2 second lead over Vincent, while Putt held a 2.5 second lead over Vajda. Haldeman would pass Wittmer on the same lap, and then Pombo also moved past into second on lap four.

While the TCR and TCR Cup leaders held their positions through lap five, Wittmer reclaimed second from Pombo to pursue Haldeman.

Race Control then issued a full-course yellow on lap seven, as Robert Crocker went off into the tire wall between turns two and three. Crocker was not injured, but there was a considerable amount of repair required to the tire wall and a red flag was issued.

After the repairs were completed, the green flag flew for a five-minute shootout to the checkered. Hurczyn once again led the pack to the green ahead of Vincent and Filippi. In TCR Cup, Putt led Vajda and Cole, with Cole moving past Vajda for second.

With the leaders in TCR and TCR Cup slotted, the action focused on a heated scrap among the top four in TCA.

Haldeman led Wittmer, Maxson and Pombo on the restart. Maxson would move past Wittmer into second through turn 10. Then on the white flag lap, Maxson and Haldeman went side by side through turn seven, contacting slightly and slowing Wittmer, allowing Pombo to move up alongside Haldeman down the backstraight into turns eight and nine.

Pombo would carry the momentum through turns 10, 11 and 12 to take the lead on the front straight. At the checkered it was Pombo over Haldeman, Maxson and Wittmer.

Hurczyn, Vincent, Filippi completed the overall top three in TCR, with Putt, Cole and Vajda as the top three in TCR Cup.

“Got out front early, it’s really hard to pass here,” said Hurczyn in victory circle. “I was able to stay in front of Nate (Vincent). Nate had a great battle with Mason (Filippi) behind us. We are both going to need new bumpers after the race! After the restart it was hit your marks, keep it clean and bring it home to the finish … which is what we did.”