LOUDON – The Round of 16 came to a conclusion Tuesday in the Premier Racing League AdvoCare Cup Series when title contender Tommy Rhyne used strategy to earn him his 2nd victory of the season. Rhyne was able to hold off Savage Spinners Pole Award winner Rett McBride in the closing laps with his two tire call. Rhyne’s victory in the Coastal Safety Auditors 150 on Tuesday helped put a exclamation point on his Round of 16 performance, and helped him advance to the Round of 12 starting next week at Dover.
“I just try not to get in a hurry and just try to keep track position,” Rhyne said post race. “I don’t feel like I have to lead every lap like some in here I think some in here try to do. I just try to run my race.”
Rett McBride’s 2nd place finish was good enough to advance him to the Round of 12 as well. Robert Barney, Tim Johnston, and Will Warstler also had solid nights and made up the rest of the Top 5. Josh Parker led the most laps but was involved in a wreck 10 laps to go when James Krahula got lose battling with Parker on the outside on Turn 2. Krahula finished 19th but was still able to advance to the Round of 12, and Parker finished in 20th.
With New Hampshire Motor Speedway playing host to an elimination race, the bubble around 12th position in the standings was watched closely on Tuesday. Matt LaCross who has been plagued with internet issues and Ryan Howard both failed to start. Leaving all eyes on Nick Kohan, Don Runkle Jr., Rick Thompson, and Kalvin Filarski to see who can advance. Kohan and Thompson would be the first to see trouble on lap 21 of the event when Kohan was spun going into Turn 3 collecting Thompson as well. Kohan would be able to hold onto the 11th spot at races in and advance, where Thompson would be 50 laps down at the end of the event and 12 points out of 12th. Filarski also found trouble early and would not finish the event. Runkle Jr. would find himself in the Top 10 late in the event and was able to secure the final transfer position. Johnathon Caddell, Drew Carroll, Scott Eckrich, Ricky Hardin, Rich Jette, Dan Murray, and Jake Wright also secured Round of 12 spots.
Next week the AdvoCare Cup Series starts the Round of 12 at Dover International Speedway for the Host Venom 200 on September 27th. Tune in at 9pm ET on the Global Sim Racing Channel and check out the Premier Racing League at www.PremierRacingLeague.com and at www.facebook.com/PremierRacingLeague.