SRX Racing reaches the halfway point of the short summer season with some Saturday night racing from Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.  Last year, Stafford was the spot for the series debut.

Willy T. Ribbs joins Allen Bestwick in the broadcast booth for tonight’s race.  Ribbs predicts that after the sparks flew last week, this will be a week for returning the favour.

After last week’s race nearly all of the cars needed some sort of repairs.

Hailie Deegan sits on the pole for tonight’s race with Ryan Hunter-Reay starting alongside on the front row.  Bill Elliott, local hero Matt Hirschman, Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks climbs back behind the wheel as he sits in for Helio Castroneves, Greg Biffle, Marco Andretti, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, Paul Tracy, and Ryan Newman fill out the field.  Helio Castroneves is at Mid-Ohio for an IndyCar race this weekend.

The drivers will run two timed heat races before the main event.  The heat races are 12 minutes in length with the field being inverted after the first heat.  This week the main event is a 75 lap race.

Late in the day, the sun is a bit of an issue in the early part of the race.

Ryan Hunter-Reay took the lead on the first lap and led every lap of the first heat.

Results after heat number one:
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Hailie Deegan
Greg Biffle
Marco Andretti
Matt Hirschman
Paul Tracy
Ryan Newman
Michael Waltrip
Tony Stewart
Justin Marks
Bobby Labonte
Bill Elliott

The field will be inverted for heat number two with Bill Elliott sitting on the pole with Bobby Labonte alongside.  Labonte gets out in front for the lead.

During a modified race last Wednesday night, bobby Labonte injured his right hand.  Nothing is broken but there is some injury.

Leading every lap, Bobby Labonte wins heat number two.  This was the first time that Labonte has led any laps or won a race in an SRX event.

The results after heat number two:
Bobby Labonte
Tony Stewart
Michael Waltrip
Paul Tracy
Marco Andretti
Ryan Newman
Greg Biffle
Bill Elliott
Matt Hirschman
Hailie Deegan
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Justin Marks

In the 75 lap main event Marco Andretti sits on the pole.

The starting lineup for the main event:
Marco Andretti
Paul Tracy
Greg Biffle
Michael Waltrip
Tony Stewart
Ryan Huntr-Reay
Hailie Deegan
Bobby Labonte
Ryan Newman
Matt Hirschman
Bill Elliott
Justin Marks

After going side by side with Paul Tracy, Marco Andretti gets out in front for the lead.

Greg Biffle takes the lead briefly on lap 13 but Marco Andretti retakes the lead.  Tony Stewart passes Greg Biffle for second.

Lap 16, Tony Stewart passes Marco Andretti for the lead.

Lap 20, Marco Andretti comes up to battle with Tony Stewart for the lead. 

Lap 22, Marco Andretti takes the lead.

Greg Biffle comes up to pass Tony Stewart for second.

Lap 33, Tony Stewart passes Greg Biffle for second.

During a mid-race caution, Tony Stewart was racing with the pace car.

After a mid-race caution, Marco Andretti brings the field down for the green flag restart with Tony Stewart alongside.  After some side by side racing for several laps, Greg Biffle briefly makes it a three way battle for the lead.  Tony Stewart finally gets out in front on lap 45.

The caution flag comes out for debris on the track from Michael Waltrip’s flapping bumper.

Michael Waltrip is on pit road for repairs.

Tony Stewart brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 51.  The drivers again go side by side but Tony Stewart quickly gets out in front for the lead.

Paul Tracy and Greg Biffle make contact; sending Biffle into the gras but he saves the car and the track stays green.

With 18 laps to go, Ryan Newman takes third and is looking to make a run for the lead.

With 17 to go, Marco Andretti again comes up to battle Tony Stewart for the lead.

Lap 63, Marco Andretti passes Tony Stewart for the lead.

The caution flag comes out with eleven laps to go.  This is a pre-scheduled caution to set up the 10 to go green flag only laps to the finish.

Marco Andretti brings the filed down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Tony Stewart on the outside.  This time, Andretti gets out in front with Ryan Newman taking second and Paul Tracy in third.

With seven laps to go, Ryan Newman comes up to battle Marco Andretti for the lead with Newman taking the lead.

Ryan Newman wins the race for his first SRX Racing win!

The results of the race:
Ryan Newman
Marco Andretti
Paul Tracy
Tony Stewart
Bobby Labonte
Hailie Deegan
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Matt Hirschman
Justin Marks
Greg Biffle
Bill Elliott
Michael Waltrip