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Chase Pinsonneault Scores First JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Win, $10,000 in Big O Classic

JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour rookie contender Chase Pinsonneault won the Big O Classic 100 at Owosso Speedway Saturday for his first win with the series.

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Chase Pinsonneault joined the list of winners in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Saturday night, taking the $10,000 prize in the Big O Classic 100 at Owosso Speedway.

Pinsonneault traded the lead back and forth with Evan Shotko for the majority of the 100-lap event. With five laps to go, Pinsonneault took the lead from Shotko for the final time and pulled away for the milestone win.

“There’s no better feeling than this,” said Pinsonneault in victory lane. “This is amazing. I’m just so happy to be here. Impossible to describe. The only thing I can say is this group right here, I’m so thankful for these guys. This CHR team, Carson Hocevar Racing Development has been an awesome team and great people to work with.”

The win also serves as redemption for Pinsonneault, who has shown speed at times during his rookie JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour season. Despite that speed, Pinsonneault had a best finish of eighth at Berlin Raceway and two DNFs to start the year.

“The last couple of races haven’t gone our way,” admitted Pinsonneault. “I’ve made some stupid mistakes, but we’ve always been there. Finally, I’m able to capitalize and bring it home. They gave me an awesome piece. I’m just thrilled.

“I knew we had a good piece, Evan had a great piece, too. Awesome guy, awesome racer, I had a blast racing next to him. The team just gave me an amazing piece. It deserves to be here.”

Fellow Canadian Kyle Steckly finished second, also passing Shotko in the closing laps to move up one step on the podium.

“Chase was really fast,” said Steckly. “I’m happy for him. This place is a lot of fun. Thanks to all the fans for coming out. Happy to be here. I think we had a second-place car there. We just needed a bit more turn, but it was a lot of fun.”

Shotko settled for third place, but had plenty of reason to smile after a hard-fought battle in a home-built race car that the 2023 Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist took “on the road” for the first time.

“Both those two guys in front of me raced me so clean,” said Shotko. “It was a lot of fun racing with them. The car was just a little snug. I used a little bit more brake than I wanted throughout the race. I just started to lose a little brake at the end, so I had to cool them off at the end.

“It’s the first car we ever built. We’ve won a couple of races with it. We weren’t sure what to expect. This was the first time we took it anywhere other than Berlin Raceway. I’m pretty happy with it. We’ve got a couple of bugs to work out but we’ve got a pretty solid piece.”

-Photo credit: Wayne Goodman, Owosso Speedway

BIG O CLASSIC 100 - UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

FinNoDriverLapsDiff
114Chase Pinsonneault100---
222KKyle Steckly1001.373
322SEvan Shotko1001.631
45RBrett Robinson1002.417
523Billy VanMeter1002.630
679Barrett Polhemus1002.831
745Steven Ulman1003.582
818Chase Burda1004.527
97DSteve Dorer1005.701
10131Blake Rowe1006.189
1112Dan Leeck1006.995
1216Evan Varney1007.636
1377Keegan Sobilo1007.926
1428Kevin Cremonesi1008.515
159BTony Brutti10010.206
1620VJeff Vrsek10010.440
175Will Sahutske10014.640
1815Brian Demland973 Laps
1955Charlie Keeven964 Laps
2024Dylan Stovall8614 Laps
2146Cole Williams6634 Laps
227LDavid Liaeff2872 Laps
2361Brandon Varney2773 Laps
243Chris Munson2674 Laps
2569Scott Melton2674 Laps
2688Carson Lucas2080 Laps
279FGuy Fire
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