Gresham Wagner (TechSport Racing) earned the Continental Tire Pole Award and led the field to green alongside Race 1 winner Tyler Gonzalez (Copeland Motorsports). Wagner was able to pull ahead and gain control of the lead as the field made their way through Turn 1 for the first time. The race was green for just 10 minutes before a three-car incident brought out the Safety Car for a full course yellow. Due to additional track clean up, the caution last 15 minutes before the field was brought back together and ready to go racing again.
Gonzalez took advantage of the restart and overtook Wagner for the lead coming out of Turn 1 with just under 20 minutes to go. As the time continued to wind down, less than two seconds separated Gonzalez, Wagner, Corey Heim (Nitro Motorsports), and Tyler Wettengel (Nitro Motorsports) as a four-way battle for the lead ensued. The leaders were able to pull away over the course of the final 10 minutes before Gonzalez took the checkered flag to claim his second win of the weekend and seventh of the year.
Gonzalez notched his 11th straight podium finish in 2023 throughout the first 11 races. Wagner earned his sixth podium spot of the season, second most in the GR Cup Series behind Gonzalez. Heim found himself on the podium for the first time in just four starts this year.
Along with his podium finish, Wagner claimed the fastest lap of the race putting down a lap of 2:25.718 on Lap 15. Farran Davis (RVA Graphics Motorsports) gained 14 spots throughout the 45-minute event to earn the Hard Charger Award. Mia Lovell of Smooge Racing earned the Endava Highest Finishing Female Award for the second time this weekend. Jordan RickSegrini (BSI Racing) was randomly drawn and earned $5,000 courtesy of Toyota’s ‘Overtime Drawing’ award.
The Toyota GR Cup Series will have a weekend off before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for the final event of the inaugural season on October 6-8. Along with the final two races of the year, the GR Cup Series will be holding the make-up race from the Music City Grand Prix on Friday, October 6 at IMS.
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