Sunshine take “Western world” 410!!!
San Tan Valley, Arizona………Twenty-four hours prior to taking the green flag for Saturday night’s 51st “Western World Championships” finale at Arizona Speedway, Tyler Courtney was lamenting how he threw away a victory in lapped traffic.
It was a mistake the Indianapolis, Indiana driver expressed he couldn’t repeat when racing against competition that is at the top of their game.
Twenty-four hours later, Courtney was standing in victory lane, reversing the spell that cast him in the throes of lapped traffic. This time, it was he who capitalized in lapped traffic as he ran down Dave Darland with 13 laps remaining to win his 11th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season.
“I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn’t going to do that again,” an adamant Courtney said.
Courtney started fifth on the field while, up front, fellow USAC National Sprint Car championship contender Chris Windom rocketed from his outside front row starting position to the lead past pole sitter Damion Gardner and quickly carved out a two-plus second advantage.