eSeries Report Season Three Round Two
Following a dramatic finish at Daytona the AMP eSeries virtually traveled to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Dawson County Historic Jail 135. Jacob Armstrong and Ryan Flannery led the pack to green from the front row and the drivers kept it clean during the opening laps of the race.
Armstrong got caught on the outside and lost the lead before battling wheel to wheel with Ben Warren for several laps. This allowed Michael Lane and Flannery to get some breathing room at the front of the field. Shortly afterward, Lane found himself stuck on the high side of the track as well and the lack of a draft dropped him to fourth. Green and Armstrong battled for the lead about a second ahead of the next closest pack and continued to pull away out front.
The long stint of green flag running came to an end on lap 34 when Flannery made contact with backmarker, Fabiani. Flannery was sent airborne in spectacular fashion but was able to use his quick fix to catch back up to the main pack under caution. The whole field dove into the pits under caution to make their first stop for fuel and tires.
Following the restart, only a few laps of green flag racing got underway as Jake Rogers spun around. He didn’t collect any other drivers but the second caution of the race was deployed. Holden temporarily wedged himself between Armstrong and Green on the restart but Armstrong pulled out another lead as they battled behind.
With thirty laps to go, Lane, Aiken, and Warren tried to go three-wide into turn three and Lane scrubbed the wall, costing him several positions and enough damage for him to dive down pitlane under green. Aiken was forced to pit from second with five laps left just as Green and Holden made contact as they fought over third.
Everybody took the opportunity to get fresh tires in preparation for the green, white, checkered finish. Green made his quick fix and rejoined the track in the lead thanks to an error in the pits. Armstrong, Flannery, and Warren started behind Green as they restarted for the final two laps of the race.
Armstrong overtook Green for the lead on the final lap which opened the door for Flannery to get by Green at the line. Armstrong won with Flannery grabbing second over Green followed by Warren, Carroll, and Holden. Green held on to first in the championship standings following his win at Daytona, two points ahead of Flannery.