Supermodifieds on a 3/8 mile oval have been described as
“missiles racing inside a silo”. Add 100 laps to that and you get an idea of the drama and
power of the Trigueiro Classic.
The race, named for a
racing family from the Fresno area who are known at every oval track in
California, is a true test of crew chief and driver alike. It is one of
the plums of the racing year.
For 100 laps, a hard rubber compound right rear tire is
needed to make the distance. Couple this with the 102 degree summer day
(track temperature, 130+) and you can have a very loose racecar. In
qualifying, Troy finessed the #98 to the pole position while spinning
the tires coming out of turns 2 and 4.
Two up and coming young drivers, A. J. Russell and Michael Lewis,
were 2nd and 3rd.
Currently, Michael Lewis is the hottest driver in the USAC
Sprints and Midgets.
With an invert of 10, (pole sitter starts tenth), Troy had
his work cut out for him. Lonnie Adamson, driving for Western Speed,
took the early lead. Troy
knew he had to move fast to keep Lonnie from pulling away. After 34
laps, Troy had passed 8 cars, and moved into second.
He was knocking on Lonnie’s door until lap 57 when he made what
has been described by a fan as the “move of the year”. Going high in
turn 4, Troy passed Lonnie and two other cars, on the outside, at the
same time! Louie Gennuso,
Troy’s crew chief from the Biswell Motorsports championship years, has
a name for that move: The High Road to China.
Once Troy got in front, no one was going to catch him. He
kept adding to his lead over second place with each lap. He
was on a mission.