June 13, 2005 / Buttonwillow, CA / C & R Promotions / The largest field in USTCC history showed up at Buttonwillow Raceway in Southern California for the third round of the NASA sanctioned Hankook Tire United States Touring Car Championship. The record field of 24 cars produced another amazing race, but it was Brian Lock, in the SubyDude.com, Santa Cruz Subaru, DMS North America, Subaru WRX who used a perfect start to pull ahead the field and lead every lap to become the third different winner in as many races.
Though fast all weekend, Brian saved his best for the race when it really mattered. "The Subaru’s all-wheel was an incredible advantage at the standing start." Said a jubilant Lock. "I was able to put all of the Subaru’s power right to the ground and launched into the lead."
While the race was Lock’s to lose, the rest of the field were locked in tight battles
throughout the entire race, and more then a few egos and fenders were a little bruised by the end. Justin Elin in the P1 Motorsports, T1R, INTEC Racing Honda Civic had the worst of it. After qualifying third, Justin "tangled" with Vesko Kozarov’s Mini in the first turn, and then a few laps later was unable to avoid a car that had spun directly in front of him ending his race.
Dave Brown in the Spoon Sports/OPAK Racing Acura RSX and winner of the second USTCC race of the season in Phoenix was fastest throughout the weekend and was in the pole position, but was no match for Lock on the start and had to settle for second place, with Pete Bovenberg in the McDonalds, PPG Honda Civic coming in a hard fought and well deserved third place.
Though he didn’t drive like one, Brain Lock was also was awarded the APEX-I Integration Rookie of the Race award being the highest finishing rookie. Jeff Lepper, in the AGPturbo.com Dodge SRT-4 won the Hawk Brake Pads Hard Charger of the Race Award for climbing eight spots, finishing 6th after a 21st place starting position.
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