Fast Car, But Penalty Too Much to Overcome
9/08/2007 - Hagerstown - Finished 16th - Started 14th - 33 cars
The Shamrock Inn-Car Helmet Cam was back in action Saturday night. Click the picture for the edited video.
WARNING! Some very strong language. I didn't know to remove that part of the video or not. I did reduce the volume by 80% though. My actions seem childish after the fact, but in the heat of the moment, sometimes you get upset. I am out there to win and run good. All drivers and teams put in a lot of money and effort and we all want to run upfront. I take our racing seriously. I treat each race like it is the Daytona 500. Please understand that and respect my desire to win and run good. I am not out there just to make laps. I will not be the typical 'vanilla NASCAR' driver you see a lot of today. My car was fast and I had an honest shot at a solid finish. A solid finish would have put Don and I in the top 10 in points on the year- and that meant a trophy! That penalty had a huge impact on our season.
So enough with the disclosures!
Sure enough, the car was a rocket. Tried to go for the lead in the heat race on the top side after starting 4th. Track wasn't ready for that and I slid. Ended up back to 6th. Contact between two cars in turn 4 on the same lap, found us checking up and back to the rear! Put hammer down to qualify and finished 6th.
Feature saw us initially starting 14th. A lap one incident in turn 4 saw guys have flat tires. It was unaudible on the radio if the official said 7 had a flat or not. I stopped to ask a track official and was sent to the rear for stopping. Car was decent for a few laps and went from 24th to 16th.
Just really happy with the car right now- everything from the motor, to the chassis, to the brakes are working great. A little luck on our side and we will be back up front, I promise. Look for a good run Friday night, September 14th as a tune up to the Shamrock Inn Small Car Nationals on the following Saturday the 22nd.