Adam Blocker is as hot as they come.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment points leader stretched his championship advantage while picking up his series-leading seventh win of the season in the Iowa 200 presented by Birkey Trucking by virtue of a photo finish.
Blocker also won the Lionheart Retro Series presented by HPP Simulation event at Iowa Speedway.
“That race definitely didn’t start the way I wanted,” Blocker said. “I had to get a rear wing change and that dropped me back in the field. Then I overshot pit in and needed a new front wing. Then I hit a slow car and needed another wing. It was crazy.”
Blocker inherited the lead after polesitter Connor Harrington, who seemed poised to capture his first series win, was caught a lap down by an ill-timed caution during green flag pit stops.
That allowed Blocker to take the lead and hold off a charge from Michael Goodman in the closing laps.
“I stayed out longer than most people and got lucky with the yellows,” Blocker said. “When my front wing was broken I learned to drive the bottom and that was the difference.”
Goodman finished 0.034 seconds behind.
“I got caught on the inside early and fell back,” Goodman said. “This might’ve been the first race this year that a caution fell my way as far as people pitting. This was a nice change, a great race.”
Scott Johnson played the strategy right and captured his first career podium, finishing third.
Chris Lanini was the final car on the lead lap, finishing fourth, while Dan Geren continued his climb up the points standings with a fifth place finish.
The race was slowed seven times for 35 laps, and multiple cautions during green flag pit stops jumbled the field.
Harrington led 129 laps, but had to settle for eighth when the dust settled. Blocker led 63 laps.
Eight drivers led a lap, combining for 20 lead changes.
Blocker now leads teammate Andrew Kinsella – who finished tenth – by 48 points, as the series is just past the two-thirds mark in the season. Geren is 116 points behind Blocker in third.
The Lionheart IndyCar Series presented by First Medical Equipment heads to another short track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, for the Skidmark Motorsports 200. That race can be seen live on the iRacing eSports Network, presented by Global SimRacing Channel, on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:35 p.m. EST.