Jimmy McCune Earns Season-Opening Victory at Angola


 Audio Clips:
-Jimmy McCune
-Jason Blonde
-Joe Swanson

ANGOLA, Ind. (June 1, 2014) – Ohio's Jimmy McCune got to the inside of leader Jason Blonde on lap eight and then drove away from this competition to win the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints season opener at Angola Motorsport Speedway on Saturday, May 31.

Blonde finished in second position, 3.930 seconds behind McCune. Third was Joe Swanson with Chris Neuenschwander and Jacob Wilson rounding out the top-five finishers.

“It is awesome to win at Angola on Hank Lower night. This track has always been special to me. I like the small high-banked racetracks,” said McCune. “The night didn't start off that well after some issues with the racecar. My guys busted their tails and really came together and we were able to qualify sixth and be in a great spot with the inversion.”

McCune used patience in the early stages of the 30-lap event. “I didn't get a good line on initial start, but was tracking Jason really good. After that caution, I started using the high line in 1-2 and the car really hooked up and used the low line in 3-4. I was able to put the pressure on Jason,” added McCune, who scored his seventh series victory.

At the drop of the green flag, five-time series champion Jason Blonde grabbed the first position after a spirited battle with McCune, the most recent winner at Angola. In the opening laps, McCune stayed glued to rear of Blonde while Neuenschwander was looking to make a move on McCune for the second spot.

The only yellow flew on lap four when Ryan Gillenwater spun on lap 2 while attempting to make a pass on Jacob Wilson for fourth spot.

When racing resumed, McCune applied pressure to Blonde for the lead and completed the race-winning pass on the eighth circuit. Once he moved into the first position, he was then able to edge away from his competition. By the conclusion of the 30-lap lap, “Salute To A Legend – Hurryin’ Hank Lower”, McCune had lapped all but the top six-finishers.

As McCune was working through the back portion of the field, a great battle took place from second through fifth with Blonde, Neuenschwander, Joe Swanson and Wilson. In the final two circuits, Swanson was able to squeeze under Neuenschwander in turn 2 to grab the third finishing position. Neuenschwander and Wilson rounded out the top five.

Ryan Gillenwater posted the fastest lap in qualifying with an official clocking of 12.307 second at 109.694 mph to earn the Hamilton Trucking Fast Qualifier Award. Heat race wins went to Kevin Feeney, Brian Gerster and Davey Hamilton Jr.

The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints return to action on Saturday, June 7 at Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway.

 

A MAIN RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 1 88 Jimmy McCune 30
2 2 42 Jason Blonde 30
3 4 7 Joe Swanson 30
4 3 8 Chris Neuenschwander 30
5 5 07 Jacob Wilson 30
6 10 61 Kevin Feeney 30
7 6 45 Ryan Gillenwater 29
8 9 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 29
9 7 3A Mike Astraukas 29
10 11 11H Kyle Henry 29
11 16 44 Teddy Alberts 28
12 13 10 Ron Koehler 27
13 17 31 Phil Rutledge 27
14 8 22A Brian Gerster 25
15 15 11G Tom Gerren 15
16 14 6K Kyle Feeney 2
17 12 97 Ike Beasley 0

 

HEAT RACE #1 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 3 61 Kevin Feeney 8
2 6 45 Ryan Gillenwater 8
3 2 10 Ron Koehler 8
4 4 3A Mike Astraukas 8
5 1 44 Teddy Alberts 8
6 5 8 Chris Neuenschwander 8


HEAT RACE #2 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 4 22A Brian Gerster 8
2 6 07 Jacob Wilson 8
3 5 42 Jason Blonde 8
4 3 11H Kyle Henry 8
5 1 31 Phil Rutledge 8
6 2 6K Jay Rohrback 1

 

HEAT RACE #3 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 3 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 8
2 4 88 Jimmy McCune 8
3 1 11G Tom Gerren 8
4 5 7 Joe Swanson 8
5 2 97 Ike Beasley 4

 

QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS   # DRIVER TIME   DIFF MPH
1 45 Ryan Gillenwater 12.307 - 109.694
2 07 Jacob Wilson 12.321 0.014 109.569
3 7 Joe Swanson 12.454 0.147 108.399
4 8 Chris Neuenschwander 12.495 0.188 108.043
5 42 Jason Blonde 12.516 0.209 107.862
6 88 Jimmy McCune 12.695 0.388 106.341
7 3A Mike Astraukas 12.706 0.399 106.249
8 22A Brian Gerster 12.748 0.441 105.899
9 60 Davey Hamilton Jr. 12.801 0.494 105.461
10 61 Kevin Feeney 12.862 0.555 104.960
11 11H Kyle Henry 12.894 0.587 104.700
12 97 Ike Beasley 13.112 0.805 102.959
13 10 Ron Koehler 13.157 0.850 102.607
14 6K Kyle Feeney 13.387 1.080 100.844
15 11G Tom Gerren 13.679 1.372 98.691
16 44 Teddy Alberts 14.016 1.709 96.318
17 31 Phil Rutledge 14.489 2.182 93.174