Column By: MIKE TRAVERSE / RPW – MIDDLETOWN, NY – After several laps of side-by-side racing with Rob Yetman, Josh Coonradt moved to the front and took Sunday’s Eastern States Pro Stock win over Jason Casey and Yetman.
With the heads up format used from qualifying heat results, it was Yetman and Coonradt on the front row as the 25 lap race started. Yetman got the lead, but Coonradt was right there. It was lap 8 when Coonradt was able to push into the lead. With a good green flag run to get the race rolling, the race settled down with Coonradt, Yetman and Jason Casey running 1-2-3.
It wasn’t until lap 18 when the first caution flew. Coonradt was almost collected by a spinning car, but came away in good shape.
Yetman pressured Coonradt on the restart, but Josh maintained the lead. On lap 22, caution was out for Johnny Rivers who spun and got into turn 3.
Jason Casey was able to take 2nd from Yetman on the restart. But Coonradt was too far out front for the 324 to make a serious bid for the lead. It was Coonradt for the win with Jason Casey 2nd, Yetman 3rd, jay Casey 4th and Luke Horning 5th. Rounding out the top 10 were Beau Ballard 6th, Chad Jeseo 7th, Local OCFS favorite Sean Corr 8th, Shane Henderson 9th and Ivan Joselin 10th.
“The race surface was really racey,” Coonradt said, “There wasn’t much bite out there, but I was trying to get what I could.