By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (July 8) - The feel good story of the night came in the Up North Financial WISSOTA Late Models. Legendary Grand Forks driver, Tom Corcoran, parked his Forks Finest Auto Body #T1 in victory lane for the first time since June 4, 2010.
“I knew right from the get go that if I didn’t get to the top right away to get some of that traction, it was going to be awfully tough,” said Corcoran in RydellCars.com Victory Lane.
“I’ve struggled so bad here for the last several years. It feels good to finally get that monkey off my back.”
Corcoran put on a classic performance as he jumped out to the early lead from the pole position. The first caution flew on lap five which put Zach Naastad and Dustin Strand right on the rear bumper of Corcoran for the Evergreen Insurance restart.
As the race resumed the top three went three wide for the lead into turns one and two and held that formation through the exit of turn four. Corcoran fended off the charge by both Q&Z Plumbing machines as the caution was displayed once again.
As the race approached the halfway point, Strand began to put heavy pressure on Corcoran. Strand, the defending RCS track champion, looked to the inside of Corcoran lap after lap, but the 47 year Late Model veteran was too strong up on the cushion.
“I knew I had to hold my line and hit my marks each and every lap,” continued Corcoran. “And fortunately I did.”
In the closing laps, a hard-charging Joey Pederson began reeling in Corcoran, but nothing could stop Corcoran on this night as he led all 20 circuits and claimed the victory.
In true nostalgic fashion, Corcoran took Mike Witheril’s checkered flag after the race for a victory lap about the three-tenths mile bullring.
“That was awesome,” concluded Corcoran. “Absolutely awesome.”
River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks ND 58203
1928 8th St. SE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721