VanDoorn, who fell back to as far as 10th and restarted from there when the green flag flew again, began his charge to the front and in just 10 laps had positioned himself in the top five for the first time of the race.
“We ran the whole race on one set of tires, so it was a race of tire management,” VanDoorn explained. “That is a challenge for me because I’m more of a wide-open type of guy. It took a lot of discipline from me and a lot of effort from my crew to hold me back for the first half of the race.”
After a restart on lap 85, VanDoorn quickly worked his way into the top three and by lap 90 was in second place after disposing of Goede and setting his sights on Wimmer who continued to show the way. For the next 36 laps, VanDoorn followed Wimmer’s tire tracks all over the historic Northern Ohio speed plant when on lap 127, he made his move and after contact with the race leader, VanDoorn would take over the lead for the first time.
With 10 laps to go, Wimmer had regrouped and fought his way back by VanDoorn to retake the top spot only to see VanDoorn charge back by two laps later and from there, it was all VanDoorn who steadily pulled away from Wimmer and would steer the Port City Racecars House Car to the checkered flag first after winning his 14th career ARCA/CRA Super Series race, which moved him into a tie for fourth all-time with Jeff Lane.
“I started working for Port City back in high school in 2004,” continued the recently turned 25-year-old on April 4th. “I started off cutting tubing and sweeping the floors for Harley (Boeve – Port City Racecars Founder) and now here we are almost 10 years later and I’m driving the Port City House Car that so many legends have raced over the years. I have to pinch myself to make sure this is real.”
Wimmer came home in second with Skylar Holzhausen in third. Nathan Haseleu finished in fourth spot as Bubba Pollard completed the top five.