Columbus, Oh. (Wednesday, June 22, 2016) – Ricky Bowers scored back-to-back podium finishes this past weekend, powering him into the Southeast Super Truck Series (SEST) point lead.
The SEST has been hampered by Mother Nature this year, as two of the first five races were rained out. The series made up for the rainouts with a double header, racing at Kingsport Speedway Friday, June 17 and at Lonesome Pine Speedway Saturday, June 18. Bowers, a Columbus, Ohio native, knew this was a good opportunity to gain back the momentum lost due to a mechanical failure at the last race in Newport, TN.
The lineup at Kingsport was already set, as the SEST series had completed qualifying on May 7th (the originally scheduled date) before the rain came. Bowers qualified fifth, and after the invert, started on the pole for the feature. He got a great start to the 75 lap race, grabbing the lead. Bowers would stretch his advantage to just over a half a straightaway at the “Concrete Jungle,” as he was able to lead the first 25 laps.
Veteran racer and past champion Lee Tissot wrestled the top spot away from Bowers on lap 26. A restart with 21 laps remaining gave Bowers a shot at Tissot.
“I had a great run on the high side coming out of turn two but just wasn’t able to clear him going into three, where the bottom line definitely has the advantage,” Bowers said.
The duration of the race went caution free with Bowers finishing second for the first time in his SEST career.
“We had a great truck tonight. We just came up a little short of the win, but coming back from a mechanical failure in practice to posting our best finish in the 61 truck; I’m very proud of everyone at Leicht Motorsports,” Bowers said.
Saturday The Leicht Motorsports team headed an hour north to race in Coeburn, VA at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Bowers started the day setting second quick time, only three hundreths off the pole sitter’s qualifying effort.
With the invert, Bowers started the 75 lap feature race fourth. Shortly after the green flag dropped, Bowers moved into third. The Super Trucks saw a green flag run of 65 laps before the caution flew with 10 laps to go, with Bowers in second. On the restart, he fell back to fourth before rallying late for a third place finish.
“We were just a little too tight to hang with the leader on the outside on the start, and that shuffled us back a little,” Bowers said. “Overall, I am very happy with both finishes this weekend, and with the effort of the 61 team.”
The pair of podium finishes moves Bowers into the SEST championship points lead at the halfway point in the season.
“Consistensy is key, and we have showed our team has what it takes to contend for a championship,” Bowers said.
“Thank you to Cometic Gasket, Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr., and MPM Marketing for their continued support this season,” Bowers added.
Bowers’ next race is July 2nd when the Southeast Super Trucks invade the Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC.