We qualified tenth
overall, which is better than we've ever done at this track. Looking
at our practice times, it didn't surprise us to be taking the green
flag towards the front of the pack.
On race day, everybody
is serious… call it "getting your game face on" or what have you,
but you don't think about anything but getting in the truck, and
driving to the front. You just kinda get "in the zone".
a cylinder is weird, because you never know what's going to happen.
Sometimes you blow up, and other times you simply keep going..."
When the race
started, I quickly moved up to 7th place, and decided to be patient
and ride it out. The seat was comfortable, and I had a cool suit
to prevent me from overheating. Somewhere around lap 40 a caution
came out, and that's when I noticed something not right under the
hood. The green came back out, and I had no horsepower. I dropped
a cylinder. Dropping a cylinder is weird, because you never know
what's going to happen. Sometimes you blow up, and other times you
simply keep going, but with fewer ponies under the hood. On this
day, it was the "go but don't blow" scenario for us.
On the next caution,
Jerry and the guys looked under the hood to see if there was anything
obvious going on… a plug wire missing, or something else along those
lines. They couldn't find anything so I went back out to do the
best I could under the circumstances.
As it turned out,
the setup Jerry gave me in this truck was phenomenal. While I couldn't
really keep up with the fast guys on the straights, I was passing
them in the corners! Granted, we rolled out a new sponsor just before
this race, and I would have preferred to have a better showing.
But, I can't help but keep my chin up because of the excellent job
Jerry and the guys did in setting up this truck. This is racing.
Things are going to break, and you can't help it.
By the end of
the race, I stayed on the lead lap, and was actually running faster
on seven cylinders than a couple other trucks on eight! We finished
fourteenth, but under the circumstances, that's not that bad. We
didn't blow an engine, we stayed on the lead lap and most importantly,
and we have a fantastic setup ready to go the next time we race
We can't help
but feel optimistic about this next race, and all the rest of the
races this season! Our Phoenix truck will be the same truck in Bakersfield,
utilizing a drop-snout configuration. For whatever reason, we tend
to run real tight at this track, and the drop snout should help
us out a ton. We had no damage to the truck in Phoenix, so we're
going to shine her up, and get her ready to go at it again! I'm
not one to make predictions, but once again, look for us to have
a LOT more trucks behind us than in front of us (if there's any
in front of us at all!) See you in Bakersfield!
Qualified 10th Finished 14th
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