Lucas Oil Modifieds 75 laps Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway 10-2-2010





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A 75 lap feature at lucas oil i-10 speedway blythe california Dennys opening night . The complete introduction and winner interview. .BLYTHE, California — The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, returned to action at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway in Blythe-California October 2nd. When the checkered flag fell on the Denny's 75, it was Chris Gerchman who crossed the line first after winning his fifth race of the season. To coin a very popular phrase from the Denny's Restaurant menu, Gerchman served up a "grand slam" on the full field of modifieds and led all but one lap of the Denny's 75.
One of the outstanding qualities of this racing series is the strong sense of camaraderie between the teams off of the track. That theory was certainly exemplified prior to the race at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway. The process began when Hayden Smith crashed in practice, Randy Ussery blew an engine and David Gerchman Sr crashed during qualifying.

In the aftermath of this harsh racing luck came the element of camaraderie. Larry Gerchman loaned Randy Ussery the use of his back up engine. Then Ussery, after learning of Gerchman Sr's crash, offered him the use of his car because he knew Gerchman was trying to remain in the top 15 in points which pays a post season bonus. Meanwhile members of several race teams lent a helping hand. The result was all three drivers made the line up and started the Denny's 75.

Commenting on the team's willingness to lend a helping hand, Scheidecker said "that's what racing is really all about. These modified teams subscribe to a theory that says they don't want to get beat in the pits. They want want to be beat on the race track. For members of numerous race teams stepping up to help other teams the way they did tonight is really something. Then they go back to fighting like cats and dogs on the track for positions because the competitive levels are so unbelievably high. This is a shining example of why our teams are so strong."
The big highlight of the evening was the Denny's 75 featuring the Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. A full field of open wheel modifieds thrilled the crowd with 75 full green flag laps of racing. This touring series does not count yellow flag laps.

Lake Havasu City-Arizona driver Chris Gerchman took the lead on the second lap and never looked back en route to his fifth series win of the season. Gerchman's race rhythm was disrupted five time for caution flags. During the final moments of the Denny's 75, the race winner had to fend off a hard challenge from Las Vegas driver Dylan Kwasnieski who finished second. Tim Morse, Austin Barnes and series points leader Jim Mardis completed the top five.

Greg Scheidecker, promoter of the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway, was very pleased with the opening night and said "it was absolutely a great night. For me to look over at our tail gate section, (an area behind the backstretch where fans can watch the race from their vehicles), and to see it full from one end to the other was just exciting. We also had a very good turn out in the grandstands as well as a very good turn out in race cars."


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