A Career YearThursday - July - 2022
Its been forever since I had the time to update this site. But man, what a run we went on. I honestly didn’t believe we would continue our success after our sweep of the 2022 Western PA Speedweek. It’s tough to win these races and figured our luck would end or the competition would pick up speed.
Nonetheless, after our sweep of Speedweek, we won our 5th in row the following Friday at Lernerville, after starting 9th.
Backed that up with a 4th place run at Mercer, in our first visit there since 2017.
On June 17th, we went back to Lernerville for the Mid-Season Championship. A strong 2nd place run in the heat race started us on the pole for the feature. We led every lap for our 7th win of the season and 39th overall.
At Tr-City Raceway Park on June 19th, we had to start 8th after winning the last race there and was still able to drive up to 2nd place after the race went nonstop.
The following Saturday was June 25th, and we swept the night at Sharon Speedway for our 8th win of the year and 40th overall.
Then the real fun started, and we began a 5 race stretch in 9 days. It began with the Greg Hodnett Classic at Port Royal Speedway on July 2nd. This race was part of PA Speedweek. There were a lot of great cars. I set myself behind a bit in qualifying at 24th, and we missed the heat race transfer by 1 spot. I did transfer through the B-Main though. We started 24th in the feature, passed some cars, avoided some wrecks, and finished 16th, just barely falling short of being the hard charger.
We went back to Tr-City Raceway Park the very next day, Sunday July 3rd for their $4000 to win Special. We had another strong car but just not good enough to win and finished a strong 2nd.
After a quick turnaround, we raced at Lernerville for the Don Martin Memorial against the Allstar Circuit of Champions. We had a strong 3rd place qualifying effort in our group. Ran 2nd in the heat race, which i thought i had a chance to win until i hit slime in 1 & 2. Then started 9th in the feature and faded to 12th. The track was extremely strange. It had so much moisture in it and never dried out. My car was very difficult to handle in all the dirty air, with the extra moisture but we held on against this real stiff competition.
We had 1 day off, and re-prepped to head to Dog Hollow Speedway. This was also our first visit there since 2017. We won the heat race and started on the pole for the feature but finished 3rd. We ran with the leader most of the race until I ran into a lapped car and collapsed the front wing. I was passed for 2nd on the last lap.
I fixed the car, and we went to Tri-City Raceway Park again on July 10th. We finished 2nd in the heat race and had the feature lead on lap 2 after starting 5th. It was one of the best cars I’ve ever had there. That win was our 9th of the season and 41st overall. Both are marks I never thought I’d hit in my career.
The crew and I have been working very hard lately and we’ve been playing with some new setup ideas. I believe we have found something that will help us make these cars hook up better. That why this sport is so difficult, because the quick setups change every day. Racing is definitely not for the weak. I’m proud of everything we have done recently, and we are ready to hit the back half of the 2022 season hard.
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