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Brown wins Cooke Insurance Group 200 at Auto Club

The Canadian eMotorsports Series travelled to the virtual-Auto Club Speedway on Tuesday night for the second stop in the 2020 regular season, the Cooke Insurance Group 200.

After a caution-filled race in the season opener at Daytona, Tuesday night was quite the opposite.  With just four cautions over the 100 lap, 200-mile race on the two-mile D-shaped oval, the race was filled with long green flag runs and came down to pit-strategy in the end.

Waylon Brown, of Grande Prairie, Alberta, earned the victory in his number 67 Chevrolet Camaro, guaranteeing him a spot in the playoffs; he joins race one winner, Jacob Nelson, as the two drivers currently locked in for the post-season. 

Chevrolet looks like they could be the car to beat early this season, claiming two straight victories to open up the season. 

Mike Marini, the pole-sitter from Thunder Bay, Ontario, has been impressive, recording his second-straight runner-up finish on Tuesday night.  His True North Racin, Toyota Camry sits in third in the point standings, with Trevor Kinsey and Kevin Fenech, rounding out the top five.

The series will now shift focus to race three, taking place on Tuesday, June 9, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Darcy Allan PR 250.

 

Cooke Insurance Group 200 race recap

Mike Marini opened the race from the pole-position as the field quickly fanned out on the multiple-groove race track.

Marini, Darcy Ford (Harrington, PEI, 67 Suck It Up Septic, Atlantic Motorsports Ford) and Jayce Swint (Phenix City, Alabama, 38 Toyota) separated themselves from the pack early with Ford taking over the lead on lap seven before Marini retook the lead shortly after.

Chad Hyder (Dayton, Ohio, 21 Youtube.com/DHammiam, Buckeye Performance Emotorsports, Ford) joined the front pack shortly after and inserted himself into the battle as him and Swint exchanged leads prior to the first pit-stops under caution on lap 21.

Three more quick cautions on lap 27, 32 and 35 followed as Ford led the charge before Jose Mercado (Kissimmee, Florida, 41 Ford) took his first lead of the race on lap 38, leading until past the halfway point.

After the field cycled through green flag pit stops, Darcy Ford took over the lead with less than 40 laps remaining.

As the field ran the final green flag run of 65-laps, Darcy Ford held the lead but would be unable to make it to the end on fuel, pitting in the final laps to finish tenth.

Eventually, Waylon Brown would take the lead in the final 15 laps of the race and was able to drive to victory.

In total there were four cautions in the race.

 

Here are the official results from the Cooke Insurance Group 200 at Auto Club Speedway.

FINISH

CAR

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

MANUFACTURER

STATUS

QUALIFY

1

67

Waylon Brown

Alberta, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P10

2

42

Mike Marini

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P1

3

4

Scott Bailey

Michigan, USA

Ford

Complete

P8

4

6

Trevor Kinsey

Michigan, USA

Ford

Complete

P23

5

41

Jose Mercado

Florida, USA

Ford

Complete

P29

6

33

Jason Maluchnik

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

Complete

P32

7

13

Kevin Daigle

Ontario, Canada

Toyota

Complete

P17

8

87

Justin Deloach

Louisiana, USA

Ford

Complete

P14

9

81

Kevin Fenech

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

Complete

P28

10

64

Darcy Ford

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P5

11

88

Shane Cannon

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P19

12

9

Jacob Nelson

Tennessee, USA

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P3

13

17

Corbin MacAulay

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P6

14

55

Trent Neilson

Indiana, USA

Ford

1 lap down

P12

15

2

Daniel Cudmore

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P21

16

15

Joseph Squatriglia

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

1 lap down

P31

17

21

Chad Hyder

Ohio, USA

Ford

1 lap down

P2

18

77

Eric Greer

Kentucky, USA

Toyota

1 lap down

P9

19

19

Michael Dimitroff

PEI, Canada

Ford

1 lap down

P20

20

38

Jayce Swint

Alabama, USA

Toyota

1 lap down

P4

21

47

Michael Robinson

PEI, Canada

Ford

2 laps down

P15

22

8

Sterling Ford

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

2 laps down

P24

23

60

Lee Campbell

New York, USA

Ford

2 laps down

P13

24

18

Blake Bernard

PEI, Canada

Toyota

2 laps down

P16

25

44

Dalton Simpson

Illinois, USA

Chevrolet

2 laps down

P22

26

0 9

Jason Laube

Minnesota, USA

Chevrolet

2 laps down

P18

27

10

Jason Butler

Ontario, Canada

Ford

3 laps down

P30

28

98

Mark Cox

PEI, Canada

Ford

3 laps down

P25

29

48

Drew Bernard

PEI, Canada

Ford

17 laps down

P26

30

66

Jason MacQuarrie

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

26 laps down

P7

31

63

Bruce Webb

Nova Scotia, Canada

Toyota

59 laps down

P11

32

0 5

Rhon-Paul Lecky

PEI, Canada

Ford

72 laps down

P27

 

Watch the archived broadcast of the Cooke Insurance Group 200 at www.hollandcollege.com/esports.

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Series, visit www.hollandcollege.com/esports, www.facebook.com/emotorsportsCAN, www.twitter.com/emotorsportsCAN and www.instagram.com/emotorsportsCAN.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2020