nice run at lincoln tonight
Had a good run at Lincoln Speedway. One groove race track though, very hard to pass. 26 Street Stocks in the pits. Started 8th(last) in my heat race and finished 5th. Started 14th in Feature and finished 10th. Car ran good, good tire wear and only minimal damage.
Congratulations to Kory Sites + his #21K crew on the win. I might not have made it to Victory Lane, but my rearend gears, did.
Had a better night tonight, compared to last night as far as damage + disappointment. Had a lot of repairs to do today to the front end and still not finished. The fact that I got home late + didn't sleep well, made working on the car today even worse. At 2pm I threw in the towel and decided it was too much work and took a nap, got up at 4 and started working again. On a normal Saturday I leave at 4 to go to Williams Grove, tonight I left at 6. Called the track to tell them I was coming. When I pulled in the gate, the Street Stocks in Heat #1 were already pre-staged. With the help from other teams, got the car unloaded, prepped for race and I got dressed, in time for my rear starting spot in Heat #2. I think I finished 7th. 21 or 22 cars. Started 16th in Feature and finished 6th. Nothing great, avoided a big wreck on lap 2. No new damage to the car and car ran well.
Damage from last night, Frame damage, 2 wheels, a tire, spindle, upper control arm, steering gear box, front bumper and a little sheet metal. Got to replace the gear box + bumper still. Need to get car ready for Lincoln Speedway this coming Saturday night.
Been racing for 31 years without a feature win and came as close to #1 as I have ever been. Started 2nd in the feature last night. The #77 car, thread the needle on the start, thru the middle on the front straightaway to take the green flag from the 2nd row. I ran 2nd to the 77 for 4 or 5 laps and then passed him on the outside to take the lead. I saw the half way flags at lap 8, saw 5 fingers at lap 10, saw the 2 to go flags and saw the white flag, all from the #1 spot. I thought for sure I would have messed up prior to this point and given the lead away, but some how I ran a perfect race. I entered turn 1, trying to hit my marks for just 2 more sets of turns. The 77 car went into turn 1 low, but experienced brake failure and slammed into the left rear of my car, sending it into the outside wall, where I experienced pretty major damage and needed a tow truck. Ahh man, I was so close to that 1st win! The driver of the #77 did come over to apologize and I appreciate that, but WOW, really disappointed. Was hoping for at least a 10 place finish in the points for the year. Started last night from the 10th spot and now dropped to 13th and I don't think a win tonight would move me back to 10th. Been a really bad luck year, between accidents + engine troubles.
Got a bent right front spindle, 2 bent wheels, ruined a tire, bent front bumper and I haven't unloaded the car off the trailer yet. Got home at 2, slept terrible, up at at 7 and heading out to the garage now, at 8 to get to work. Going to try + make repairs in time for tonight's race.
ran hagerstown tonight
Jim Campbell, a 410 Sprint car driver was killed last night at Williams Grove Speedway. In respect for the family, all racing for the weekend was cancelled.
Decided to run Hagerstown and test a little for the upcoming Small Car Nationals on Sept 18 + 19. Strong field of cars in the Pure Stock division. 22 cars. Finished 13th in the Feature. Good run, no damage, had a lot of fun. That track sure gets slippery. Got to really manage the accelerator pedal to avoid or minimize tire spin on exit of the turns. The 358 didn't do too bad against the 400+ engines.
Start preparing the car for next week's double header. Racing Friday + Saturday nights at Williams Grove Speedway. Saturday is Championship Night, our last points race and our last Sat. night race of the season at WG.
The way the year has been so far, a 7th place finish, 2nd top 10 in a row, should have been a good night, but a restart, with 2 laps to go, I gave away 3rd place.
Started 4th in my heat race and finished 2nd. With the handicap start for the Feature, I started 2nd, outside of front row. Got a great start and had the lead going into turn 1. Drove under the flagman to complete my 1st lap, running great, coming out of turn 2 the yellow flag waves. I hear on the radio, "Complete restart" Although I had drove under the flagman to complete my lap #1, the rest of the field had not completed the 1st lap, so a complete double file restart was the call. This time the 1st place starter got a better start. I ran 3rd for 13 laps. We had a few restarts in the course of the 13 laps but I stuck the car on the bottom of turns 1 + 2 and motored on. On lap 13, however the car didn't stick and was heading for the outside wall, 4 cars managed to get under me since we were all bunched up from the restart. I settled into 7th and stayed there for the 2 remaining laps. Very disappointed that I didn't bring the #16 car home in 3rd place. Car did run good all night.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Pat McNeal !!! His #000, 358 Late Model won tonight with Matt Nailor at the controls. Great job of driving by Matt. Congratulations to the whole team!