It was a moment of a year in the making for Connor Mosack, who won his first race of 2022 at Watkins Glen International. Mosack earned his first career Trans Am win in the second all-class doubleheader event last year at The Glen. With three second-place finishes and four podium finishes in the last year, Mosack has been fighting to regain the top spot on the podium ever since. After winning pole position in yesterday’s qualifying session, Mosack battled back and forth with Thomas Merrill throughout the event, making his final pass for the lead with less than five laps to win the Trans Am Series Presented by Franklin Road. Pirelli Apparel Classic on front. of a record crowd.
Starting from the front position in his No. 28 Open Eyes/Nacarato Truck Centers/Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear Ford Mustang, Mosack was passed by Merrill in the No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang. An all-course caution on the first lap gave Mosack another chance to reclaim the lead on the third lap restart, but Merrill, currently second in the TA2 points standings, was able to defend the position. . For the next 14 laps, Merrill and Mosack raced side by side and Mosack made repeated attempts to pass the No. 26, but it wasn’t until lap 17 that Mosack completed the pass from him and reclaimed the lead. for the first time since he took the green flag.
A full yellow on lap 19 closed out the field for the second time, forcing Mosack to defend his lead on the restart, but stopped Merrill when the green flag waved. However, Merrill gained the momentum to overtake on lap 25. Two laps later, while running side-by-side, Mosack was able to capitalize on Merrill’s breakaway and make one last pass for the lead. From there, he was able to put some space between himself and his closest competitor, crossing the finish line as the checkered flag flew. Merrill finished second, followed by points leader Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang. Matos’ teammate Mike Skeen finished fourth in his No. 89 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang after an impressive drive from 36th due to a pre-race tire change, and Brent Crews finished fifth in the Ford Mustang #70 Nitro Motorsports.
“This was a great race, I had a lot of fun racing Thomas,” said Mosack on the podium. “Thanks to him for racing me clean most of the time. I had to trust him several times to get through it, and I kept making mistakes and letting it slide. It was a fun race and it kept me honest, that’s for sure. I want to thank the guys at Team SLR who gave me a really good car. Thanks to Open Eyes, Franklin Road Apparel, Nacarato Trucks, Nic Tailor and everyone who makes it possible to run every week. Hopefully this is the boost we needed and we can finish the season with two good results at VIR and COTA.”
“Today was an example of good Trans Am racing,” Merrill said after getting out of his car. “That’s the big part of this series; it’s elbows out all the time and good, hard, clean, fair racing. I got into Connor’s door a bit and I apologize for that but the track was grassy half the time so it kept the interest going. The No. 5 car got into us halfway through the race and bent my front suspension 45 degrees to the left, so that was exciting. All credit to Connor for driving very well all weekend. He was super fast and deserved the win.”
“I had a great time racing against Connor and Thomas, both of whom are championship-caliber, highly skilled drivers,” Matos said. “Congratulations to my team, 3-Dimensional Services Group. Today they gave me an amazing car. They’ve been working after hours every day this weekend trying to get this car up to speed, but we just didn’t have enough today. I am very happy with third place, and to continue leading the championship, we have to continue finishing in the top five.”
After the event, Mosack received the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race award and received Omologato’s custom Trans Am watch after winning the Young Gun Fast Lap award. Scott Borchetta won the TA2 Masters award.
The race telecast, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers, will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm ET, with an additional presentation later that night at 12:30 am ET.
TA2 returns to the track October 6-9 at VIRginia International Raceway.