PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Canadian Stewart Friesen passed Erick Rudolph for the lead on lap 38 of the 40-lap Coffee Cup Classic Indoor Three Quarter Midget race at Dunkin’ Donuts Center Saturday to earn his first Coffee Cup Classic victory.
The win came after a thrilling side-by-side battle in an event that Rudolph dominated.
Mike Lichty led the early laps of the TQ race until Rudolph took over. A succession of incidents and double-file restarts kept the pack tight. Lichty fell back and Friesen moved forward to challenge for the lead. As the race progressed, Friesen began to close on Rudolph in lapped traffic, eventually passing him with two laps remaining.
Rudolph finished second with Jon Gambuti passing Ryan Smith for third place on the final lap.
The mover-and-shaker of the race was Ted Christopher, who started 25th and last in the field after fixing mechanical problems with his car just in time to make the call for the green flag. He finished fifth.
The companion Champ Kart 25-lap main event was won by Glen Meisenhelder, who originally crossed the finish line in second place. When apparent winner Chris Daley was disqualified by technical inspectors for an out-of-compliance engine, Meisenhelder was elevated, albeit belatedly, to victory.
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