Beating the PA Posse!!!Friday - September - 2018
This past weekend was absolutely unreal. We set out to accomplish goals and did more than we ever thought.
Our race weekend started on Friday at Lernerville for the Sprint Car Spectacular. We drove from last to 2nd in the heat race to make the redraw. Somehow, we were pulled #1 again. We started on the pole, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back through a flurry of cautions. We need more late race speed as 2nd place was right on my tail tank coming to the checkered. However, it was enough for this specific night as we picked up win #6 of the year.
We went out to Port Royal Saturday for the start of Fair Week, one of my favorite weeks in racing. We had been showing speed there and knew we could have a good run if I had some luck fall my way. We FINALLY drew a good pill there, started 3rd and finished 3rd and made the handicapped redraw. I started 2nd in the main event, fell to the 3rd, raced back to 2nd, and pulled the slider on the leader on a lap 8 restart. By this time, PA Posse slugger and multiple time outlaw winner Lance Dewease was already in 2nd place. We ran til about lap 15 where i started to reach lapped traffic. I put a slider on a lapped car and Dewease used speed off the bottom to slip by me. Luckily, a yellow came out. I was so confident that he was going to pass me, that I drove more relaxed. Someway, somehow, I held off the most winning, active driver at Port Royal Speedway and grabbed my first ever win in PA Posse territory!! This night was an absolute dream come true. I was congratulated by so many drivers, like Dewease, Hodnett, Deitrich, and Wolfe. And according to the track promoter, he has never heard the crowd louder before. This was a massive moment in my career and I look forward to building off of it.
Sunday was our 3rd race of the weekend. It was a scorcher. We busted butt outside of Williams Grove Speedway to prep the car prior to race night. The track was prepped with a lot of moisture and was VERY fast. Unfortunately, it was a handicapped show and since I don’t race their regularly, i was penalized to start in the back. The track stayed fast and never widened out. I was able to protect my car and drive from 13th to 11th in the feature, while gaining massive amounts of experience. The race went almost nonstop and we weren’t close to being lapped. Its a huge improvement over our first 2 races there.
The final trek of our 4 day race weekend was the Labor Day Classic at Port Royal. This is an iconic race in the sprint car world and one of the longest continued annual races in history. We knew the track would be very slick and tear tires off the car but we were ready for it. We had many new ideas to try and were excited for the opportunity to be on a slick track. We had solid pill draws this day and started on the pole for the heat but fell to 3rd. I started outside pole for the feature, ran 4th for the longest time, but fell to 9th after a mid-race caution. We weren’t quite where we needed to be to compete against the better cars in the slick. Nonetheless, the situation was similar to Williams Grove and we were still better on this day than we have been in the past.
There is no quit in this team and we will continue to work to get better. The excitement in myself and my team after the Saturday win at Port Royal was absolutely priceless. I want that feeling again and we will work until we get back to that point. It means a lot as we try to take on the big teams out East.
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