(PETERSEN MEDIA- Stockton, CA)- With rain delaying the 2014 Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster season finale a day, fans were treated to a rare Sunday night program at the Stockton Dirt Track, and when the wild night came to a close, it was Rico Abreu celebrating his second series win of the season, his 24th overall for the year, and Shane Golobic earning his first career series championship.
Rico Abreu and Andy Forsberg led the field to green, on what was a sticky and hooked up surface, and it was the Auburn, CA driver jumping out to the early lead, though Abreu was with him every step of the way.
The third lap saw the Rutherford, CA get under Forsberg to take the top spot, and as Abreu made the pass, Forsberg pulled his machine off the speedway with mechanical woes, bringing out the first caution.
While most were watching the battle up front, 22nd starting, Tim Kaeding, was putting on a show from the tail end of the field, and gained attention under the caution as he had worked his way up to eighth in just three markers.
When the race came back to life, Abreu continued to lead arson Macedo, Shane Golobic, Herman Klein, and Willie Croft, as the field navigated the tricky surface, bouncing through some ruts, as weekend rains did seem make track conditions tough during the night.
On the ninth circuit, Shane Golobic was victimized as he caught a rut, and sent his Keith Day Trucking No. 22 machine upside down, and ending his night. Though it was not the end he wanted, fans cheered Golobic as he climbed from his car as he claimed the 2014 Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster Championship. Golobic became the first driver not named Forsberg or Becker to win the championship since Greg Decaires won in 2005.
Back under green, the field clicked off two laps before Greg DeCaires got over down the back stretch. DeCaires would be okay, but was visibly not happy with a fellow competitor.
The action heated up when the green flag dropped, again, as Abreu continued to lead, but behind him Tim Kaeding surged up to the third spot, and chased after Carson Macedo, as Abreu slowly began to check out.
With the race getting into a rhythm, Abreu found himself in lapped traffic, but still held a sizeable lead, as Kaeding worked into the second spot on the 20th lap, to much of the crowds delight.
With Abreu held up in traffic, Kaeding was able to take a chunk out of the advantage. Abreu caught a rut in three and four during the closing laps, and upset his car, and the crowd rose to their feet, as Kaeding closed in on the leader.
Abreu was flawless, however, from that point on as he cruised to his second Civil War Series win of the season, making him the only repeat winner of 2014.