Lynch Leads Them All To Take Joe Shear Classic 36
(Sun Prairie, WI) The Midwest Truck Series kicked off the 2023 season this past weekend at Madison International Speedway for the Joe Shear Classic 36 in front of one of the largest crowds at MIS. A gigantic field of 31 Trucks were on the grounds and ready to race.
Leading the way in More Freakin Power qualifying was James Swan with a lap of 18.913 (95.173 mph). Rounding out the top five in group qualifying were Jay Foster (18.922), Bryce Miller (18.934), Jordan Thiel (18.940), and Kevin Knuese (18.976). Bobby Selsing Jr, Jeff Holtz, and Brandon Reichenberger won the eight lap heat races.
Jerry Mueller and James Lynch led the twenty-nine truck field to the green flag. Lynch jumped to the lead after the first lap and opened up a three length advantage over Mueller. Three laps laps later Derek Doerr would come to a stop on the front stretch bringing out the first yellow of the event. Lynch and Mueller would line up in the front row for the double file restart once again this time with Lynch on the bottom as the control truck. Lynch would use that to his advantage and take control of the race and bring Chester Ace with him. Ace pulled to the inside of Mueller where the two raced side by side for second with a fast Aaron Moyer patiently waiting in fourth. Mueller would reclaim second as the two made slight contact in three and four allowing Moyer to capitalized and pull to the inside of Ace for third. Heartbreak for Mueller would quickly hit as a bolt in the throttle linkage would back out forcing Mueller to the infield ending his day. A caution came out on lap 9 for an incident in turn two between Steve Henke and Bobby Selsing Jr. thus negating Lynch’s 2.5 second advantage over the field.
Once again Lynch lined up on the inside for the restart this time with Ace on the outside followed by Moyer and Bryce Miller. Lynch continued his leading ways over Ace and Moyer with James Swan moving into fourth on lap 11 and Kevin Knuese joining the top five one lap later. At the half-way point Lynch was on crusie control with a solid eight truck length lead over Ace. While those in pursuit were hoping for a caution, Lynch was sailing away out front opening up a 2.54 second advantage over Ace who had his hands full with Moyer to hang on to second. On lap 29 Moyer powered his way past Ace for second with Swan passing Ace for third one lap later. This allowed Lynch to build his lead 3.25 seconds over Moyer. Lynch was simply too strong for the field today as he cruised to his second career Midwest Truck Series victory with Moyer, Swan, Knuese, and Ace completing the top five.
For the first time in his Midwest Truck Series Career, James Lynch sits on top of the points standings 7 points a head of James Swan. Aaron Moyer sits 10 back with Chester Ace and Kevin Knuese rounding out the top 5.
The Midwest Truck Series is back in action on Saturday May 20th at State Park Speedway for the Rib Mountain 50. For more information about the Midwest Truck Series visit: https://www.midwesttruckseries.com/
Current Points: https://www.midwesttruckseries.com/standings