McCusker Wins Glenn Phillips Memorial Classic
Summit Point, WV - John McCusker, in the No. 01 DotWorks Racing entry, prevailed to win in the Glenn Phillips Memorial Classic, in an action-packed Saturday afternoon F2000 Championship Series race at Summit Point, round 11 of the 2017 season. Tim Paul and Tim Minor completed the podium.
McCusker won the race run in honor of late team owner Glenn Phillips, taking the lead with an outside move in turn one on lap one. He then had his hands full on a restart with Paul, as the two went side-by-side for the lead, with McCusker coming out ahead. Then Paul spent the rest of the race fending off Minor in a heated battle for second.
The result also throws a major twist into the Championship standings. Points leader Brandon Dixon only finished tenth, while McCusker surges even closer to Dixon with a major points haul following his second victory of 2017.
Steve Jenks finished fourth in a loaned car from ADSA/Wright racing, which he got his first laps in during the race. Davy D'Addario completed the top five.
Quotes from the Top Finishers:
"I had a really good start, braking deep and opening up a gap. I was let down by the full course caution but on the restart we opened it back up after Tim tried to pass me."
"I would have loved to win for Glenn but I'm happy with the pole and result. The racing was really hard. Tim and I were close and running each other hard. People ran super close, super tight and clean."
"The setup I chose for this morning was not the right call. I went the right direction, but these cars are so even you really need to hit the mark. John and Tim did a good job. They raced clean. This is a great Series, more people need to come out and race. We were nose to tail, we give and take. I got a great start, Tim came over, and gave me just enough room."
For F2000, it was the second annual Glenn Phillips Memorial Classic, run in memory of the late team owner from GTP Motorsports. Matt McDonough won the first annual race in 2016, which was held in May at Watkins Glen International. McDonough failed to finish Saturday's race with an overheating issue on the No. 9 entry.