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Connor Hall takes the checkers at Atlanta in Speed51 Elite Cup Series Pro Am Jam

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Connor Hall was victorious on Sunday afternoon in the Speed51 Elite Cup Series Pro Am Jam at the virtual Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hall led 69 laps en route to victory, taking the lead from Marcus Fruchtenicht for the final time with 26 laps to go.

There were nine cautions for 34 laps, the final one for the final stage break at lap 100.

“Once we got around the 20 to go mark, I kind of knew what I had saved,” Hall told Flatout Racing Network in the virtual victory lane. “I knew where everybody else kind of was, so I thought maybe I’d just pick it up a couple of tenths this lap, and with ten to go, we just maintained a good gap.”

With the suspensions, cancellations, and postponements of the real world action due to COVID-19, the virtual iRacing tracks were the next best thing on Sunday for many of the current and future stars of the sport.

“It was just so crucial to really, really, really save,” Hall said. “That was our game plan, we stuck to the game plan, and obviously it paid off.”

 

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Carson Hocevar qualified in the same place he finished in last night’s Truck Series Pro Am, in the lead position, but issues at the start forced him to start the race from the pits.

The start of the race fell to Hall to dictate, and he went on to lead the first five laps before  Josh Robbin took control.

A few cautions fell during the first stage, eliminating hopeful drivers such as Ty Gibbs, Ryan Vargas, Coleman Pressley, and a handful of others.

At the end of the first stage, it was Corey Heim who took the virtual Green-Checkered flag, as he was able to hold off Hocevar in the closing laps.

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Stage two took off, and it almost looked to be a repeat of the night prior, with Hocevar, Heim, and Ryan Kuhn up front once more.

Heim’s chances at victory slipped away after an incident late in the second stage with Justin Bonsignore. The damage was enough to end both of their races.

Hall was back in command, and went on to take the second stage, holding off Tyler Truex  in the process.

The third stage went caution free, but it didn’t go incident free. Truex was battling for the lead with just over 50 laps to go, but ended up in the inside wall with Sean Leasure. Truex wound up behind the wall from the damage.

As the race came down to the end, Hall had taken a commanding lead, and was able to hold it, taking the checkered flag.

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Race Results:

  1. 19 – Connor Hall
  2. 21 – Ryan Kuhn
  3. 82 – Marcus Fruchtenicht
  4. 2 – Josh Robbin
  5. 4 – Joshua Furr
  6. 34 – Carson Hocevar
  7. 45 – Kenny Kibbey
  8. 36 – Brady Clarke
  9. 31 – Gerald Campbell
  10. 15 – Chad J Frankenfield
  11. 6 – Austin Beers
  12. 95 – Devon Rogers
  13. 87 – Richard Hinds
  14. 86 – Ethyn Reasoner
  15. 44 – Michael Goodman2
  16. 67 – Sean Leasure
  17. 11 – Vincent Isabella
  18. 28 – Cole V Cabre
  19. 69 – Tyler Truex
  20. 38 – Damien Leininger
  21. 78 – Cory Heim
  22. 51 – Justin Bonsignore
  23. 27 – Chuck Sweeting
  24. 29 – Andrew Rucker
  25. 81 – Giovanni Bromante
  26. 32 – Dustin Duerr
  27. 84 – Lyle A Johnson
  28. 12 – Bryce Bailey
  29. 16 – Derrick Self
  30. 43 – Daniel Dye
  31. 04 – Caleb B Thompson
  32. 20 – Ty Gibbs3
  33. 26 – Ryan Vargas3
  34. 37 – Ethan Birrel
  35. 00 – Matt Shinoski
  36. 79 – Tyler Dixon2
  37. 48 – Tate Lightle
  38. 46 – Leighton B Sibille
  39. 18 – Joshua Personette
  40. 35 – Shane DiMantova
  41. 59 – Coleman Pressley
  42. 33 – Logan Shea
  43. 14 – Chase Cabre
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Justin Melillo View All

Columnist / Reporter / Photographer / Webmaster for TheRacingExperts.com

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