Menards Infiniti Pro Series veteran Jeff Simmons led all but one of the 100 laps that made up the Pikes Peak 100 to record his second win of the season.

Simmons passed pole sitter Travis Gregg on lap two and pulled out to as much as an eight-second lead in the 100-mile sprint. With the win, Simmons moves into fifth place in the 2005 title chase.

"It was great, one of the best cars I've ever had," beamed Simmons. "Everybody at Kenn Hardley Racing and Team ISI did a great job. Tom Wood, my teammate, had an awesome car at the end. He was closing in on me. I didn't want to push too hard. I wish we could have given him that car earlier in the weekend, because we could have had the top two. I'm so excited for Kenn Hardley Racing and Team ISI. It's been a storybook weekend, except for missing the pole position. I was able to get out there, get through traffic pretty well."

MIPS rookie Nick Bussell, who started ninth, finished second. Gregg finished third while series points leader Wade Cunningham recorded his series-record 10th consecutive top-five finish with a fifth place.

"We struggled since we got here," said Vision Racing's Bussell. "All three of us struggled in the first session. The second session we made some changes, and I wasn't comfortable with the car. In qualifying, I didn't want to risk the car. So we qualified ninth, way off the pace. Basically it was a two-lap practice run. We found some things last night that weren't quite right, like the shocks. We made some changes this morning. We fixed a bad shock and went out this morning and it was 10 times better.

"For thinking it would be our worst race of the year and now having my best finish, I'm pretty happy with that. I think Jeff (Simmons) toned it down a little bit. He didn't have to push the car. Besides him, I think we had everybody covered, which was surprising considering I didn't sleep last night."

"At the start of the race, we had a big push," added Gregg. "I couldn't hold it down, and Jeff got around me. Then the car just went away a little bit, got a little loose. We'll take a third. We finished ahead of Wade (Cunningham), so we picked up some points. A caution probably wouldn't have helped. I'm happy to be in the top three."

With his third place finish, Gregg managed to close the points gap to Cunningham to 21 points.

 

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