Race Recap: Foley, Ourant Sweep Dominion Races

THORNBURG, Va. — Seth Foley and Andy Ourant swept Group 1 and 2 races in the Bertil Roos Race Series last weekend at Dominion Raceway.


Foley qualified third in the opening Group 1 race, but made a quick move to the front at the start. Well behind him, Bill Trexler slammed the wall on the second lap to bring out a full-course caution.


Once back under green, Foley fended off a challenge from pole winner Gabe Jasper and Robert Pielsticker for the top spot.


Jasper and Pielsticker finished second and third, respectively, while Geoff Valentino was fourth. Vincent Caintic made a late pass of Ronnie Price to round out the top five.


Pielsticker grabbed the lead from Jasper at the start of the second race, but it quickly turned into a three-way fight for the top spot. Foley moved to the lead on lap 4 with Jasper then second and Pielsticker in third.


They weren’t done as Pielsticker regained the runner-up spot, leaving Jasper to battle Valentino for third. Valentino emerged with the third position, while Jasper dropped to fifth after a penalty on lap 10.


Not finished, Jasper battled back and passed Price for fourth. Jasper paced the field earlier in the day with a 1:37.86 qualifying lap around the 2-mile road course.


With his sweep, Foley won for the fourth time in five races this season.


Ourant also scored his third and fourth wins of the season with his pair of Group 2 victories.


His win in the opener seemed unlikely at best. He qualified sixth and was got caught up in a lap 5 incident with Adam Colombo.


But, it was eventful all through the field, allowing Ourant to work his way back up front.


Pole sitter Chris Sanford dropped all the way to seventh on the first lap and then leader Tim Nichols retired from the race on the second lap with a mechanical failure.


Phillip Jasper assumed the lead at that point, but suffered his own mechanical problems on lap 9, handing the lead to Ourant. It continued to be a tough race for the leaders with a failing fuel pump ending the race for second-place Glenn Brooks on lap 11.


Ourant powered on to victory as Colombo, Frank Tiano, Reiner Oberst and Vinnie Virga accounted for the rest of the top five.


Phillip Jasper jumped out to the lead in the second race, but his day soured when he went off course on the third lap and fell back to 10th. Ourant then grabbed the top spot from Sanford and didn’t look back.


Behind him, Colombo and Sanford engaged in a spirited battle for second, swapping the position three times before Colombo made a final pass for the runner-up spot with a lap to go.


Sanford finished third, ahead of defending series champion Nichols and Jason Auwarter.


Midway through this year’s championship battle, Pielsticker holds just a one-point lead (158-157) over Ourant. Sanford is third, 22 points behind the leader with Colombo fourth and Virga and Gabe Jasper tied for fifth.


The Bertil Roos Race Series is scheduled to return to action June 29-30 at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Lightning course.