These are the words I uttered to LaCrash as he crossed the finish line with a 2 second lead over 2nd place.
Eyup... Back in the saddle again! What a great feeling it was to finally be back in a very familiar place for us during our years running Mini-Stocks in the early 2000's. I dont know exactly who was happier, Me, LaCrash or Mindy our intrepid car owner. Hand shakes and congratulations seemed to come from everywhere as we savored what turned out to be a pretty dominant win.
The day started out with a very loose racecar and only one practice session due to the track surface having a little issue. We adjusted thinking the car wasnt very fast (Mylaps confirmed that we were wrong, the car was moving along at a fairly respectable clip) and in the heat race, LaCrash played it cool as we ran 3rd behind our teammates Kris and Fozzy, but ended up a disappointing 5th after another driver made a Banzai move at the checkers on the inside while we battled Mikey Fritz for the 3/4 spots.
The Main came and with it, more adjustments. We started inside row 2 and had the lead by the exit of turn 2. Scott never looked back from there as Kris Harris pressured him for about 10 laps, keeping within 2-4 car lengths and biding his time. Then a strange thing happened... I was scanning the field for a moment and when I picked the car back up, the lead had stretched to over 10 lengths! I kind of rubbed my eyes and told Scott about the separation which got a surprised, "Huh?" over the radio.
The final laps saw the lead expand to as much as 3 seconds as Scott tried different lines and tried not to overcook the tires. As he began to catch and lap cars, I had my fingers crossed for no cautions... In the end, we finished 1st, Kris was 2nd, Mike Fritz 3rd... a great 1/2 finish for our car owners, who's 3rd car finished 6th! Not too shabby eh?
Well, it looks like we are going to end up running the full season and are currently sitting 4th in the points, 2 behind Fozzy in 3rd and only 35 points out of 1st... Is a run at the title a possibility??? Hmmmmm... one never knows! ;-)
Next up for us is Gradutation Night at Evergreen Speedway on June 20th with the Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super figure 8s, Hornets and Youth Hornets. And dont forget that if you are looking for a whole lot of action, this Saturday night at Evergreen Speedway is "Extreme Night" with the Hornets, Youth Hornets, Rollover contest, School Bus figure 8, Gauntlet, Stinger 8's, Renegades, Stunts and School Bus Dominoes... you dont want to miss it because as the old commercials said...
"YOU CAN BUY THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU'LL ONLY USE THE EDGE!!!!"
See you at the races!