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The last chance race - Pro Recap

The last chance race. Complete with raw horsepower, turn-shaking moves, and title chase implications throughout the day. Let's break down what went down during the Race of Champions Pro racing.


After watching the pros break down the track and piece together their race lines on Wednesday’s practice and an early morning Thursday Pro warm-up, we knew it was going to be bar-to-bar action all the way to the line. Let’s run it back just like the motos, starting with the fan favorite, Vet Pro.


 

With the current points leader taking his final day of RnR before the big show, the rest of the Vet Pro field was ready to battle it out from the jump. Early on in rounds, the top dogs of the day were beginning to emerge. With Emilio Falla, Alan Hudson, Jeff Upshaw, Cal Strickland, and Tyler Brown all locking in some impressive low scores, it was The Captain, Nic Long, that had the fan’ hearts as he battled back for a second and third-round wins after a misstep down the first straight in round one. But wait, there’s more. In both the quarters and semi, he got caught up in crashes leaving him to battle from a dead stop. Making it on with a line grabbing fourth in quarters, his day was over in semis due to a turn two pile up.


Looking at the Vet Pro main, we might see some beef brewing. As the pack charged to the first turn, inside to outside, it went Falla, Hudson, and Strickland, with Upshaw tucking into the four spot. After a back wheel spin out from Falla allowed Hudson to make the pass, Falla was in defense mode down the fourth straight. Giving Upshaw a little love over the set-up jump, Big Jeff returned the favor into turn four with a cross jump to steal Falla’s line and secure the two spot behind “Hot Pants” Hudson.