Photo by Diane Cox
Bobby Santos climbs from his car to celebrate his second victory in a row at Gateway Motorsports Park.
MADISON — Bobby Santos took home his second trophy in as many years at Gateway Motor Sports Park Saturday in the United States Auto Club’s Silver Crown series race.
Santos, a native of Franklin, Mass., won his second race in a row at the 1.25-mile paved oval. Santos set last year’s record on June 1, 2013, with a time of 49:57.05 at 120.11 miles per hour.
“We unloaded pretty decent; our RPM Auto Enterprise Mopar was pretty fast,” Santos said. “We just wanted to come out here and qualify well and get a solid finish ... we had a good idea for our setup from last year and the track is in pretty good shape.”
The USAC Silver Crown series shares a combined season of dirt and concrete tracks throughout the season.
“It’s a lot of fun to drive on such different surfaces,” said Bobby East, driver of the No. 10 Chevy owned by Tony Stewart Racing. “It’s really the best of both worlds.”
Tracy Hines still managed to finish in a tight second after a crash with eight laps left, and Bobby East rounded out the top finishers, coming in third.
“After qualifying we filled the car up and noticed we had a fuel cell leak,” Lawson said. “We were hoping for a decent finish today, being so close to home.”
Lawson was not able to completely fill his fuel cell, leaving him with no choice but to start the race and end his day early with as many points as possible.
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