Jeff Courtney Wins Dodge Viper Cup Race 2 at Virginia International Raceway

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

Alton, Va., Sunday July 10, 2011 – Jeff Courtney started second behind polesitter Ben Keating and dogged him through the first three laps, keeping close until Keating ran wide coming out onto the main straight, letting him through to a lead he held to the end of the race. A.J. Morgan also took advantage of Keating’s mistake to claim second place. Keating recovered from his off-course excursion to claim third place and remained there to the finish.

“I was pushing too hard,” said Keating. “I wanted a big gap and he [Courtney] wouldn’t let me have it. Coming on to the front straight down the hill I didn’t have enough grip and I just slid off the edge of the track.”

The win was not without drama for Courtney. “I had some issues with shifting and I almost ran out of fuel too,” said a relieved Courtney. “That’s why there were no victory doughnuts!”

A very tired Morgan said, “That was a lot of work. It was hard fought.” He started fourth on the grid and passed Ralph Gilles, who started third, on the way to the first corner. But Eric Galerne went up the inside line, followed by Gilles, pushing Morgan back to fifth. By the end of the first lap Morgan was back in front of Gilles. Morgan inherited third on the next lap when Galerne had misfortune that left him running eleventh.

Morgan followed Courtney past Keating at the end of lap three and the chase was on with Gilles in fourth. The group of four outdistanced the field, maintaining the same order lap after lap until Gilles lost three spots back to seventh on lap 10. He made up one spot, finishing sixth at the checkered flag, close behind Dave Fiorelli and Michael von Quilich.

Connie Bogan started 13th and worked her way all the way up to eighth, going faster and faster. She had her quickest time on lap 10, only to drop out of the race moments later. “I was ready to have even a faster lap, but the car wasn’t and I slid off on turn one,” she said.

Canadian journalist Brian Makse, one of two celebrity drivers, was consistent all weekend, finishing eighth in both races. “I learned a lot from Ralph [Gilles],” He said. “He is a real shoe. I am surprised how good he is behind the wheel.” celebrity driver Chris Burandt, a backcountry snowmobile adventure guide, was 13th.

The next Dodge Viper Cup race is Sept. 2-4 at Texas World Speedway, College Station, Tex.

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Virginia International Raceway Race 2 (Round 6) – Sunday, July 10, 2011

PosCar No.NameBest TimeLaps Difference
199Jeff Courtney1:57.24213-
259A.J. Morgan1:57.155131.784
333Ben Keating1:56.729136.616
481Dave Fiorelli1:59.2691334.394
519Michael von Quilich1:59.46613 35.974
61Ralph Gilles1:57.9561336.535
718Todd Nelson1:58.9771346.063
853Brian Makse2:00.4241346.649
937Eric Galerne2:00.0691348.544
1032Bernie Katz2:00.297131:02.131
1126Marc Montour2:02.218131:20.957
1286Kurt Sollberger2:00.48413 1:24.846
1352Chris Burandt2:02.60813 1:34.321
1410Connie Bogan1:59.548103 Laps
153David Mazyck2:02.959103 Laps
1690Brad Gorrondona2:02.98585 Laps

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