ANDERSON, Calif. – It was a wild win in the wild, wild west for Tracy Bolin on Saturday night as he survived a late challenge from Jeremy Doss to win the 100-lap Pacific Challenge Series feature at Shasta Speedway.
Eric Schmidt looked to be in position for his second straight series victory after winning the dash to start on the pole for the 19-car field. Schmidt was one of three drivers underneath the track record including Cole Moore and new track recorder holder Jeremy Doss with a 15.449 second lap.
Doss led the opening lap of competition from the outside pole before Schmidt edged forward. Doss tried the over under move into turn three to dive into the bottom. Schmidt was able to drive out to maintain the top spot through laps two and three.
The leaders darted in and out of lapped traffic with Bolin a few car lengths back. Doss closed back in on Schmidt on lap 15 as traffic intensified. Derek Copeland started ninth and was up to seventh by quarter race distance.
J.R. Courage anchored a four car pack from 12th in front of the leaders before spinning on lap 24 for the race’s first caution. On the restart Schmidt picked the inside line and lost the lead position briefly to Doss when the caution came out again on lap 26 for Trevor Harrison stalled on the backstretch.
Doss was credited with lap 26 in the lead but Schmidt promptly took it back on the restart as the pair scrambled for the bottom positioning. Schmidt finally started to put distance on Doss by lap 31.
John Moore got shuffled out of the top-five and Copeland started to emerge in the top-five when the halfway break hit on lap 50. Coming out of the break saw Schmidt continue to lead Doss and Bolin. John Moore made bold moves to overhaul both Copeland and Cole Moore from the outside line to get to fourth.
The race’s punctuation mark occurred on lap 77 when Schmidt and Doss got tangled on a restart down the backstretch. Schmidt was hooked right hard into the turn three wall head-on and slightly airborne. John Moore suffered front end damage trying to avoid the incident as well.
Schmidt was uninjured but done for the night after the violent crash, handing the lead to Bolin when Doss was sent to the rear for his involvement.
David Miller and Mike Sackett along with Courage had a tremendous battle for the fourth position that included Miller and Courage coming together on lap 78 for a caution. Doss navigated through the battle and then made his way past Cole Moore to take second. The hard battle hit its climax on lap 95 while Doss chased Bolin closely. Despite Sackett and Courage spinning in turn four and debris on the inside of the track, the race stayed green. Bolin slowed dramatically through the dust and was hard hit in the back by Doss but both continued.
Bolin survived by a .412 margin for the victory with Doss persevering over front end damage to finish second. Moore was third over Miller and Courage the top-five finishers.
Tracy Bolin, Jeremy Doss, Cole Moore, David Miller, J.R. Courage, Matthew Wendt, Mike Sackett, Derek Copeland, Eric Schmidt, John Moore, Douglas Atkins, Ryan Peeples, James Johns, Mike Hite, Todd Lands, Jason Mitchell, Eric Gannon, Trevor Harrison, Mike Beeler.