In what is already turning into a tight points battle, within both the Production 1000 and XP Classes this season, Cody has been continuing to turn in stellar performances. Cody took the pole in both the Production 1000 and XP Classes. He started in 6th position in the XP class and 4th position in the Production 1000 class with the inversions.
Cody’s first main event of the day was the XP class and within the first lap he moved into 4th place, but from there it would not be easy. As the laps wore on Cody moved up to third, second, then traded the lead several times with the second place car. On the last lap there was a full course caution due to a rolled over car laying in the middle of turn three. This brought on a green/white/checker to finish the race. At the restart Cody and the second place car traded the lead two more times during the green flag lap as they approached the white flag. The two came together over a jump which sent Cody off the track. He maintained control, got back on the track, staying in second place, and kept the leader within five car lengths. The leader then went through turns one, two and three. Cody managed to make up a couple of car lengths. Both drivers went through the rhythm section and as the leader slowed for the final turn Cody was able to drive underneath and take the win!
In the Production 1000 Class the start was chaos due to the heavily watered track. It took Cody two laps to sort through the carnage around him before he was able to start his drive to the front. The race was beginning to look like a repeat of the XP class. Cody and the leader would trade 1st place several times during the race. Approaching the white flag lap, the two came together fairly hard but both stayed on course. Cody settled in to finish out the race in second place.
“In turn five, going to the white flag, we hit pretty hard and my power steering quit. In the rhythm section he made a mistake and I think I could have got him but it would have been ugly, I had major arm pump and didn’t want to throw second place away if I couldn’t make it stick so I played it safe and took second” said Rahders. Smart move! Congrats to Cody and the entire R3 Motorsports crew.