AMP eSeries Season Three Round One
The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame 175 kicked off the third season of the AMP eSeries on Wednesday night at a virtual Daytona International Speedway. This season the drivers will be racing the Monster Energy cup cars on various oval tracks.
Season one’s championship winner Dion Fiallo started on pole but he was unable to disappear into the distance like in series one due to the power of the draft at Daytona. Everyone avoided starting a caution on the opening lap but on lap three Jason Bergstrom went below the line and caused a collision resulting in the first caution of the night. Bergstrom was involved in another accident on lap 9 and subsequently retired for the race.
Trevor Andrusko led Zach Holden and Tyler Hoffman to green following the second caution period before Zach Green made contact with Andrusko causing a pileup among the leaders. Holden inherited the lead following the collision and Fiallo was promoted to second.
The cautions bred more cautions and Hoffman and Andrusko were caught up in yet another accident that collected several other drivers. Flannery got in the mix for the lead following the restart and Green had already recovered from his earlier incident.
The drivers were finally able to get several laps of green flag running in as the front nine all squabbled for the lead. Buddy Chamberlain was spun around by Andrusko, bringing out the caution as Chamberlain collected another driver as he spun.
The majority of the drivers made their mandatory stop on lap 42 for fresh tires and fuel but they weren’t back to green for very long as Chamberlain was spun yet again and several cars were collected. Holden and Flannery commanded the stint following the restart as the rest of the field battled behind.
Ben Warren tapped Chamberlain from behind and they restarted with nine laps to go to the finish. Holden led the restart with Flannery, Andrusko, and Aiken behind. They were unable to finish out the race without another caution as Flannery touched Andrusko who took out Fabiani and several other cars.
Holden continued to hold his lead and made yet another great restart for the green, white checker, finish. As the white flag emerged Mink, Holden, and Green were three wide but on the backstretch, Holden was sent off after leading the majority of the race and the battle for the lead narrowed.
Green made a move for the outside coming out of turn four and narrowly won ahead of a spinning Mink followed by Hoffman and Flannery as several drivers including Fiallo were involved in a pileup that saw two cars in the fence through turns three and four on the final lap.