SunsetSalute

08 Aug Twin 35 laps – it was another hot one!

My car has been running great lately, but I guess there is always room for improvement.  We worked on the car, with the help of Danny Benedict, early Saturday morning, made some changes and I worked with Danny during practice on the line I was running to see if we could get some better results out of the car.  Some changes I liked, some not as much, but overall, it was helpful and I appreciate Danny helping us this weekend. :)

I would post my highest qualifying spot to date.  My qualifying attempts have improved as it was never something I was good at, but as a team we are getting better, and I was able to qualify the car in 5th position this weekend.  One car would go scratch, so I would end up starting the first feature in 4th.

 

Starting 4th at the drop of the green, I would run outside for a few laps before losing a spot to the 25 car and falling to 5th before I could duck down to the inside lane.  We would run nose to tail for about 10 laps before the 9 car made substantial contact with the wall bringing out the caution.  The remainder of the race would go caution free and we would end up finishing the race in 5th.  Pretty happy with that result considering 3 of the 4 in front of me as in top 10 Nationally for Division 1 and they are some of the best drivers in North America.

 

In the second feature, with the invert, I would start on the pole.  The 3 car would be on the outside pole and he would get by me on the start to take the lead, dropping me back to second.   The 3 car and I had a pretty decent lead and we would run that way until lap 14 when the 24 spun in corner 1 bringing out the caution.  On the restart, I would fall back to 3rd when the 54 car would get around me.  The caution would come out again when the 24 and 4 would go around.  Another car had got around me, so on this restart I would be 4th.

The car was loose and getting worse as the race continued.   We went green to the end, but I would end up falling back to 7th for the finish.

It was a good day over all, my best qualifying position, another top 5 and a top 10, so overall a good night.  

We are off next week and back racing on August 18, 2018 for another 60 lap feature, as well as fan appreciation night.  See you there!!