After being MIA for a month, Pepper comes back to win at Richmond
Paul Pepper had been missing for a month and was nowhere to be seen except for the occasional sighting here and there. Rumors of an engagement and a brand new red truck dominated the news concerning the Loud Pedal Motorsports driver, but Pepper would change that quickly when he showed up out of nowhere to grab his first victory of the season Thursday night in the PRL Patriot Fire Series. Starting 10th, Pepper would only lead 18 laps all night but those were enough to grab the surprise win after staying out on older tires to gain much needed track position.
“We are going to be drinking a bunch of beer tonight!” Pepper said from victory lane. “Not really sure why we decided to stay out there, but enough people stayed out with us to give us the cushion we needed from the guys on new tires, I’m so pumped right now I can’t believe it worked”. Pepper went on to thank his teammates on Loud Pedal Motorsports for talking him into starting from the high line on the last restart and being supportive during the race.
Nick Kohan would finish in second after starting in 25th on the night. “I don’t know how we managed to finish so well after the start of this thing, we got a speeding penalty too so I think we were dead last at one point, but we just stayed out of trouble most of the night”. When asked about the difficulty of passing on the hot track “Man, it was really difficult to pass once the track got hot, it was slick all day long, you’re used to running it at night and having more grip so it was a real challenge out there today”. Kohan hopes to build off his great finish early in the year at Daytona next week at another plate track Talladega.
Tim Johnston finished third in the race, driving up from a 24th starting positon. It was Johnston’s best finish of the season and although he was not available for an interview after the race we are positive he was excited about his performance for the night.
The 200 lap race was slowed 13 times for 61 laps and the passing was definitely difficult on the slick surface. Short tempers from the week prior spilled over and should only increase the bumping next week when the series does some plate racing. The race marked the first event of the summer segment that will include just about everything from plate tracks to road courses and everything in between. Each segment consists of 12 races and there is a season championship that will continue throughout all three segments.
The PRL Patriot Fire Cup Series heads to the Talladega Superspeedway next for the Steel Horse Racing 250 on Thursday, May 25th at 9:00 p.m. EST. As with every PRL Patriot Fire Cup Series race, the action can be seen live on the Global SimRacing Channel and the IRacing live stream. For more information on the PRL Patriot Fire Cup Series or the Premier Racing League, visit http://www.premierracingleague.com/