Shane Lewis Victorious at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Shane Lewis was victorious in the TA2 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the Trans Am Series held Round 9 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship, part of the Series’ 50th Anniversary Season.
Trans Am opened the day with the TA2, presented by AEM, class’s independent 102.15-mile, 45-lap race around the 2.273-mile “roval” course. Shane Lewis, driver of the No. 72 Pura Vida Tequila / 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro out of Jupiter, Florida, began the race in pole position and, despite several challenges from points leader Tony Buffomante, was able to maintain and hold the position en route to his first career TA2 victory coming in his 21st start and on a track he considers home.
“This first win has been elusive,” said Lewis. “We did really well last year but never quite got to the top step. This year I’ve had a phenomenal car but just have been fighting those gremlins. Today everything just came together. This is one of my home racetracks, as a South Floridian, Homestead-Miami Speedway is really very special — it doesn’t hurt that I do have quite a few laps around this place. I knew there were some areas where I could try and conserve a tire, where to run high, where to run low — local knowledge does help a lot; but in the end you just have to work these cars as hard as you can to get a victory.”
Lewis’ story book race was almost spoiled on the 29th lap when Tony Buffomante, in the No. 34 Mike Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, overtook him on the final third of the front straight. However, Lewis was quick to return the favor accelerating in turn one and retaking the lead — a move later deemed the CoolShirt Systems “Cool Move of the Race.” However, Lewis saw the pass a little differently.
“I’m not sure how much of a cool move it was and how much of it was just me holding on trying to slow the car down!” said Lewis. “But Tony — what a class act. He raced me as clean as you could ever imagine. He got a good run on me coming through lapped traffic and there were a couple places in the infield where he could have easily done a bump-and-run or just pushed me to the side, but he didn’t — he raced me clean. I have a huge amount of respect for him, and I’ll run the same way next to him — clean — any day.”
Buffomante, who finished second easily, and Buffomante’s Mike Cope Racing teammate Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 Pennzoil Platinum / MOMO / ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro, joined Lewis on the podium. While Buffomante, who started fourth, was quick to work his way into second and pursue Lewis, Loshak raced in the thick of the TA2 pack for much of the race — qualifying second, falling as far back as fifth and then battling back to third before the race’s conclusion.
The TA2 class’ top five also featured Jordan Bernloehr, in the No. 12 Speedlogix Racing Dodge Challenger, who captured a career best fourth place finish and Dillon Machavern, in the No. 24 Heritage Motorsports Ford Mustang.
Lewis’ win pushes him up into fifth in the TA2 class Championship points with 185 to his name; Tony Buffomante leaves Homestead-Miami atop the standings with 221 points. Justin Haley, despite finishing 11th, holds second position with 200, while defending champion Gar Robinson holds third with 196. However, Lawrence Loshak is closing in, now with 195 points in fourth.
The Trans Am Series will now head to NOLA Motorsports Park for Round 10 of the 2016 Trans Am Championship, held next weekend Saturday, October 15th.
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