The weather looks like it is going to clear up for the Memorial Day weekend. If so, we will be racing at DIS on Saturday and traveling over to Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md. on Sunday. Fingers are crossed!
Rained out for the past two weeks! I hope Mother Nature is better to us this year than she was last year... we shall see...
Back to DIS this week. Heat races are proving to be a fun addition to the program this year. I started 7th in my heat and with a little precision ended up winning my heat on the last corner. This put me starting 3rd in my heat. Within a few laps, I would be running second. Unfortunately, I couldn't make up any ground and had to settle for 2nd. It's been a pretty good start to the year, unfortunately, I will miss this weekend's events. Hope to see you next week!
We made the trip to Hagerstown Speedway this past Saturday night to run the inaugural RUSH touring crate series race presented by Sweeney Chevrolet alongside the Lucas Oil late models.
Wow, what an experience! The pits were full of RUSH cars and Lucas oil cars. We had 36 cars participating in our crate race from 8 different states including Canada. I was quite nervous, as I knew I would be underpowered and I had never been on this track before. I was shocked to hear that I qualified 6th out of the 36 cars, which put me starting on the front row of the second heat. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good start and settled into the fourth position before we would even hit turn 1. This is where I would finish the heat. Not too bad, I was in the show! I figured I had a 50/50 shot of making it in.
Feature time came along and I rolled off the grid starting 14th. I figured I might be able to move up a few spots, but it never happened. My lack of horsepower showed up in the main event. I had the only 602 motor in the show. The rest of the field had 604 motors which have 50 more horsepower. The racing was outstanding. We were sometimes three and four wide all over the slick Hagerstown surface. We went 30 laps caution free. Unfortunately, I slipped back and would finish in the 21st position. As I said before, I felt lucky to have even made the show, so I should be happy with that. I hope to find a way to get a 604 motor in the car before we return in June. For now, we will run DIS and try to get the 11 car in victory lane.
Well, practice sessions went pretty good these last two weeks, and the season is now under way. Delaware International opened this Saturday and though it was a bit chilly, it was still a beautiful day for racing. Our format is a little different this year. Instead of strictly qualifying laps, we now have heat races. We drew for position to start the heats and just like always, I drew horribly! Out of 30 chips, I drew number 29; probably would have been worse, but 30 was already taken. I started the 2nd heat in the 10th spot, dead last. In 6 laps, I was able to move forward and finish in the runner-up spot. I was happy with that. They drew a 0 for the inversion, so we started heads up in the feature and I started in the 4th position. I ran in the third spot for much of the race, however lapped traffic got the better of me and with some contact, I lost two positions and had to settle for a 5th place finish. It was unfortunate circumstances, but I just have to regroup and get ready for next week. We will be traveling to Hagerstown, MD to run with the newly formed RUSH crate racing series. I am anxious and excited to test my ability with some of the regions best crate late model racers. the RUSH crate late models will join the Lucas Oil late models. It should be a great show to attend.
n tune on April 6. My plans to travel this year and race with the RUSH series didn't quite come through, however I do plan on attending a few of their shows. I will open up the season at DIS on April 13th, and then go to Hagerstown Speedway to run with the RUSH series alongside the Lucas Oil Series on April 20th. How that weekend goes will determine how many races that I run with the RUSH series. I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year. I hope to see you at the track, whichever one it might be.
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