Nabs Fourth-Straight Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series Triumph
By Tom Baker - Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series Announcer
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – J.P. Morgan took his No. 23 Chevrolet to victory lane for the fourth straight race in the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series Sunday, but not before having to outlast Mother Nature, a track that hungrily chewed up tires and a strong performance from Gus Dean.
Mother Nature was relentless on Saturday, with on and off showers eventually forcing race officials to postpone the Dean Custom Air 250 presented by Carrier and ESPN The Team 100.3 to Sunday afternoon. She tried one last ditch effort Sunday just after the companion Allison Legacy Series event ended, but sunshine prevailed and the inaugural race for new CARS Pro Cup Series title sponsor Revolution Oil got underway around 4 p.m.
Fast-timer Lucas Ransone chose to fade back at the start of the event and Allen Purkhiser put his Premiere Motorsports No. 68 on top early with Tyler Young following. Dean made a brief charge into the top three as his home-state fans roared but it was 16-year-old Ryan Heavner on the charge early.
Heavner was up to fourth by lap 15, giving his Bob Schacht Motorsports entry its strongest ride of the season. Tyler Lester rounded out the top five, making his first start of the year in the Wes Gonder Racing No. 33.
But they were all chasing Morgan, who had made his move to the front and was once again trying to get away from the rest of the field. The race stayed green until lap 47 when a caution for debris on the race track set up a restart that would shuffle the order a bit.