Summer GrindTuesday - July - 2023
Its been a long and grueling summer. The start of 2023 season was hampered by rain, but its been full throttle since then. The heat has been torturous, and the smoke created from the Canadian wildfires has made it hard to breathe on race day. It leaves a nasty smoke taste in your mouth all day and the engines don’t ever seem to run correctly.
We have won 3 more races since the last update and raced against some of the best in the world.
Our dominance at Lernerville has continued as we picked up our 52nd and 53rd overall wins. After winning 3 in a row, they forced us to start last. We moved from 18th to 3rd, but I couldnt secure the victory. So when we go back there this Friday, we are eligible to start anywhere in the pill draw again.
The Allstar Circuit of Champions came back to Lernerville for the $25,000 to win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. We held our own respectfully and finished 11th after fighting inside the top 10. Kyle Larson won the big money but at least we passed him in the heat race to transfer into the big show!
Tri-City Raceway Park has been a great track for us. We won our 54th race there in early July. Ive been very comfortable at Tri-City for about 3 years now and anytime we need to get some confidence back, its nice to head up there in Franklin, Pa.
Sharon Speedway has been so hit or miss. It used to be one of our best tracks, but after the tire changes this past offseason, it seems to be one of the speedways I cant get a hold of. Since my last update, Ive wrecked 2 cars there, with a best finish of only 3rd. Even though it was a 3rd, we werent close to competing for the win. We still have work to do to get comfortable, but theres a few more opportunities left this year to make something special happen.
The surprise so far in 2023 was our 55th win on July 22nd at Mercer Raceway Park. Mercer was a place we truly avoided. Not because we couldn’t compete there, but because the surface just destroyed our cars and it was difficult to see. With no other tracks in the area racing, we made a trip up to Mercer to see how the new surface was. Our #2 car was phenomenal from the first green flag. We made simple changes and won the feature in convincing fashion. The $3000 payday will go a long way for us repairing our damages from the previous 2 wrecks at Sharon.
The remainder of the 2023 season is approaching. But in racing, most of the big races are at the end of the year. We still have a 7th Lernerville Championship to try and secure, another race coming up at Clinton County, a big $7000 to win race at Mercer, another Outlaw show at Sharon, the High Limit Race for $50,000 at Lernerville, the $57,000 to win Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal, including the $10,000 to win Dream race there this Saturday, and many other events. We have raced close to 40 times already this year and I’m ready to go another 40.
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