LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Taylor Miinch kicked off the Lucas Oil Modified Series season with a dominant victory on Sunday in the Racing Plus 100 presented by LucasOilRacing.TV at Havasu 95 Speedway.
The 23-year-old father of two from Rancho San Diego, Calif., qualified first for the third time in the past four races at Havasu 95 Speedway, took the lead from polesitter Larry Gerchman on the opening lap, and seemingly did whatever he wanted in cruising to a 7.8-second victory over Northern California resident Kyle Tellstrom, who took second away from hometown favorite Gerchman with nine laps to go.
Blake Rogers was fourth and Jason Irwin fifth in the race that was delayed by rain on Saturday.
It was Miinch’s sixth career win and three of those have come in those past four starts in Lake Havasu City, so he obviously likes the quarter-mile oval that’s considered one of the toughest places in the series to find a comfort level.
That was the case again Sunday. The track had had good grip during practice on Friday night and before the rain came on Saturday, but Sunday it was hot and slick and most of the drivers complained of no grip except the one they had on the steering wheel. Miinch lapped all but the top-10 cars.
Taylor Miinch, Kyle Tellstrom, Larry Gerchman, Blake Rogers, Jason Irwin, Scott Winters, Justin Johnson, Shelby Stroebel, Chris Cook, Dylan Cappello, Michael Mitchell, Dustin Tilbury, Kyle Ray, Jeremy Kay, Travis Thirkettle, Eddie Secord, William Guevara, Dave Arce, Mark Allison, Sierra Furia, Cody Kay, Aaron McMorran, Doug Carpenter, Ryan Schartau.