• Steven Burbage

California Rivals


V8 SuperTrucks visited Sonoma Raceway for the first time in Round 2 and doing so with the traditional full course. The trade-off between the Cup configuration and the full course has been a topic of discussion for many years among long-time race fans, but the agreement between the two camps is the full course requires more skill as the additional elevation changes during cornering leave more opportunities for a mistake opening up additional passing opportunities.

When qualifying came to a close, Bobby Zalenski took pole at his home track setting the Track record of 1:33.022, over 3 tenths quicker than Erik Blixt who returned after making his debut at Spa-Francorchamps in 2017 where he took 3rd place. Row two had fans taking notice as Blixt rival from 2017, Sven Cammaerts would qualify third and 2017 NASCAR Peak Antifreeze runner-up Logan Clampitt would start in 4th in his debut race as he begins his chase after the #Road2NASCAR opportunity. Twenty drivers on the grid for round 2 with Chevy having a strong presence at the start of the race with 5 trucks in the first 3 rows.


The race would see an early yellow after #40 of Jimmy Mullis would turn the #36 of David Crozier into the #04 of Taylor Burris and would go back green on Lap 4. On the restart, Cammaerts makes contact with Blixt giving Zalenski the opportunity to sprint away from the field much like he did at Interlagos last month. On lap 11 Clampitt becomes the first truck down pit lane to take his required stop for 4 fresh Goodyear Eagles. When Cammaerts and Blixt took their required stops on lap 14, the question was if Clampitt’s early pit strategy would pay off. As Blixt and Cammaerts come out of pit lane at the start of Lap 15, Clampitt comes rushing by Blixt to take 3rd place and would start a battle that would continue for the remainder of the race with Clampitt holding off Blixt’s assault to keep 3rd.


Lempls Racing was fighting hard to earn points at Sonoma after having to retire early in Round 1. Blixt’s teammate Martin Kapal would spend the second half of the race batting with Radical Online’s Marco Mogren over 5th place. On the final lap, Kapal would slide the #92 machine on the entry of Turn 7 running wide. Mogren would dive to the inside getting a better run to Turn 8 and taking the position. Kapal would try to get a run out of Turn 11 but would finish less than 2 tenths behind Mogren.


Lempls Racing was fighting hard to earn points at Sonoma after having to retire early in Round 1. Blixt’s teammate Martin Kapal would spend the second half of the race batting with Radical Online’s Marco Mogren over 5th place. On the final lap, Kapal would slide the #92 machine on the entry of Turn 7 running wide. Mogren would dive to the inside getting a better run to Turn 8 and taking the position. Kapal would try to get a run out of Turn 11 but would finish less than 2 tenths behind Mogren.

Sonoma definitely changed the dynamics of the championship. In the driver standings, Sven Cammarts was able to capture second, 5 points ahead of teammate Marco Mogren. Diogo Melro, Daniel Thompson, and Maciek Sakowicz were able to climb into the top 10 as well. These positions may be temporary considering many drivers elected to this race as one of their two drops for the season.

The Teams Standings would see Torque Freak Racing Blanchimont drop from 2nd to 5th, while LEMPLS Racing makes the largest gain moving from 15th to 8th after their strong performance last weekend. Road still leads the Road vs Oval championship although Oval has begun to close the gap. The big upset came with the Manufacturers Standings as Chevy has surpassed Toyota going into Round 3 next weekend. With some new entries rumored to be competing next weekend, anything can happen. So catch all the drama and excitement with the RaceSpot live broadcast on April 7th at 2100 UTC (4:00pm EDT) at socksoutracing.com/live and on iRacing.com/live

See you then!

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