07/31/11Streak of Feature Starts Broken
It was not a great night for us this past Friday night at Luxemburg Speedway, as I was unable to find my way into the feature for the first time since June 24.
In my heat race, I was unable to get around polesitter Russel Franks as quickly as I had hoped, and dropped back into 5th spot early on in the race. Brad Theys got by me on the inside on lap 2, and the field quickly went single file to the checkers on a very heavy and fast track. My 6th place finish would set me up with a 2nd row starting spot in the semi-feature.
I had anticipated the hotlap session for Paul Parker to last a little longer than it did, and was late getting to the lineup. I was not the only one, and that really hurt my chances of getting into the top 3 to transfer to the feature. Our semi-feature was stacked with feature winners, including Theys, Eric Mahlik, Troy DeGrave, Brian Bruechert and Randy LeMieux. I was able to come from 8th place up to 6th, but unfortunately that would be as far as I could climb.
Thunderhill Raceway was rained out last night, and Seymour Speedway was off due to the Outagamie County Fair, so that leaves us with only 5 weeks of racing left in the season before the end-of-year specials. Look for us back at Luxemburg next Friday night, with a chance of us heading to Thunderhill on Saturday or Seymour on Sunday.