Prodigy Race Promotions on Sprint Car Insider. HANFORD, Calif. (October 21, 2019)- Ryan Rocha has officially been crowned the 2019 Lemoore Raceway Stock 600 Champion.
The championship fight went all the way down to the final checkered flag. After the final point totals were calculated the entire season for Rocha came down to the difference between a single, solitary, point. Just one marker.
Rocha came on strong toward the midway point of the season and never let up. Down the stretch he earned his four victories in the last six races of the year. Finishing with a 33% win rate and a 66% podium rate. In the end it was enough to narrowly eclipse the margin and came out on top by the skin of his teeth.
Overall this season in 21 Stock main events Rocha earned six wins, 11 podiums, 16 top fives, and a perfect 21 for 21 in top tens. At one point Rocha had a three race win streak at Lemoore from Race 8 through Race 10. His four wins and consistency having not finished worse than third since the month of May, put him in perfect position to grab the title.
With double points on the line he looked his greatest chance in the eyes going into the Budweiser Grand Prix Points Finale at Lemoore.
Things didn’t start off perfectly for Rocha. After earning a reputation as a solid qualifier all year long he timed in with 7th quick in the most important race of the year. He then came home with fourth in the heat race. The most influential main event of the season loomed ahead and the 5R would roll off from the 6th starting position.
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. However the definition of luck is that it is the intersection of preparation and opportunity. In this case he was plenty prepared when the opportunity presented itself.
As the green flag dropped and the final points paying main event of the season was off and running Rocha watched his title combatant show the way. Things looked to be goin in his direction until it all went by the wayside in lapped traffic.
The one driver Rocha needed to beat most, Bryson Bettencourt, found trouble in lapped traffic, and spun out, bringing out the caution. In the biggest race of the season, one of the largest fields of the year was on hand. This opened up the door for Ryan Rocha to seize the moment.
Rocha wheeled the 5R to the runner up position and took it all the way to the checkered flag. He had not lead the points all season, but he came in just 30 down and the race was worth double. Everyone knew it would be close. Despite only running 12 out of 13 races Rocha boasted four wins, eight podiums, and 11 top tens. He had a second place average finish despite missing a race and his four wins came down the stretch in the final six races.
Rocha created his own luck. By the way he had been driving he was plenty prepared when the opportunity presented itself.
As fate would have it Rocha wouldn’t lead the points until it mattered most. His second place finish at the Budweiser Grand Prix earned him the 2019 Lemoore Raceway Stock 600 Championship by just one point.
This season was stellar for Rocha across the board. He finished inside of the top five in each class he contested in. He earned 5th overall in the Restricted Standings at Lemoore Raceway in addition to his title. Over at Plaza Park he came away with 2nd in Stock and 4th in Restricted.
His title caps an unforgettable season that all began with the heartbreak of the Tulsa Shootout. That may be one the Rocha’s will never forget, it ignited a fire in the driver that took him to a title back home. His breakout season has earned some clout as he moves on to the next level.
Ryan Rocha is already seen as a contender in the Super 600 class as he makes his home-State debut this weekend at The California Cup back at Lemoore Raceway. For the first time the 5R will contest with all the heavy hitters on home soil.
Can the Champion keep up the momentum?
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October 11, 2019
Race 13 – Points Finale
Budweiser Grand Prix
Heat Race: 4th
Main Event: 2nd
Heat Race: 5th
Main Event: 5th
2019 Stock Season Stats:
Top 5: 16
Top 10: 21
2019 Lemoore Raceway Stock Stats
Top 5: 8
Top 10: 11
Win Rate: 33%
Podium Rate: 66%
Top 10 Rate: 91%
*Open/Super 600 – 2nd in first career start at Clay Cup
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