A Rap Board for Race Fans
Welcome to Race Rap! A Rap Board for Race Fans
Top News
Langley Speedway News
Jul 16, 2018 - Mark Rogers Jr
Post Race Recap 7-14-18 from Larry King Laws Langley Speedway

Stafford Motor Speedway News
Jul 16, 2018 - Scott Running
Eric Goodale Wins Bud Light Open Modified 80 At Stafford Speedway

Stafford Motor Speedway News
Jul 16, 2018 - Scott Running
Glen Reen Wins TC 13 Shoot Out

Langley Speedway News
Jul 16, 2018 -
Hampton Heat 200 Media Day Scheduled For July 20th 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Carteret News
Jul 16, 2018 - Langley Austin
Mini Rallies to Second Place after Dismal Start to Solid Rock Carriers 150 Weekend at Carteret

Dominion Raceway News
Jul 16, 2018 - Andy Marquis
Cole Bruce Overcomes Adversity, Gets Redemption at Dominion Raceway

South Boston Speedway News
Jul 16, 2018 - Mike Smith
Young Cameron Jarrell Has Put Up Some Amazing Stats At South Boston Speedway For A Rookie Driver

Stafford Motor Speedway News
Jul 12, 2018 -
Brett Gonyaw Ready for Bud Light Open 80 at Stafford

Carteret News
Jul 8, 2018 - Andy Marquis
Layne Riggs Wins Inaugural Solid Rock Carriers 150 at Carteret County Speedway

Carteret News
Jul 8, 2018 - Andy Marquis
Travis Miller Wins U-CAR Clash at Carteret County Speedway

Driver & Team Press Releases News
Jul 8, 2018 - Langley Austin
Mini Looking for Biggest Career Win in World's Richest Limited Race at Carteret

South Boston Speedway News
Jul 2, 2018 -
SELLERS EDGES MORRIS FOR THUNDER ROAD HARLEY- DAVIDSON 200 WIN

The Plain Truth News
Jul 2, 2018 -
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Southern National Motorsports Park News
Jun 25, 2018 -
Hales, Murray, Monster Trucks Win Big At Southern National Motorsports Park

Southern National Motorsports Park News
Jun 25, 2018 -
Hales, Murray, Monster Trucks Win Big At Southern National Motorsports Park

OTHER News
Jun 24, 2018 -
Shocking moment a car flies through the air, flips and crashes-VIDEO

South Boston Speedway News
Jun 20, 2018 -
Father pulls his son from the burning wreck at South Boston Speedway. VIDEO

Hickory Motor Speedway News
Jun 18, 2018 -
Dexter Canipe Jr wins on 321 Lawnmower Night


Please patronize our sponsors!
Advertise on RaceRap


Tamco Paint.Com NOW ONLINE

Legend
  7:34am   Past Hour
  6:34am   1-4 hrs old
  3:34am   4-12 hrs
  7:34pm   12-24 hrs
  7:34am   Over 24 hrs
     Registered Key
     Referred Key
RaceRap News & Messageboard  Page topnews: Viewing Top News Article
   Viewing Top News Article
Driver & Team Press Releases

Driver & Team Press Releases News
A Quick Weekend
Jun 11, 2008 - updated Jun 11th, 2008 8:32pm
Web posted by Paulie Harraka

CA --

It seems as though every race weekend that our Ruth's Chris Steakhouse # 16 Toyota Camry team has had this year has been anything but mundane, and this weekend brought yet another new set of circumstances. I was not able to arrive in California until Saturday afternoon, right as the team was loading up the racecar to head to the racetrack. That didn't hold us back: we still led the most laps in the main event, posted the fastest race lap (in order to live up to the support that Quick Time products gives us, we need to have the fastest time every once in a while :-D ), and ended up with a second place finish.

My entire crew, Ryan, Travis, Herman, and Alex, did a fantastic job of having everything ready to go for the race this weekend. When I landed in Sacramento on Saturday afternoon and drove to the BMR shop, the guys already had the car loaded up. I went through some of our tires to decide which tires we would race on (the practice tires were already on the car) and we headed to the racetrack. After unloading and doing some final preparations, we headed onto the track.

During the first practice session, we had an unmistakable ignition miss. Despite the miss, we were still the fastest car in the session. Thankfully, we had all of the necessary spare parts available to us. The entire crew worked hard between the first and second practice sessions to change all of the ignition components on the car: the distributor, the spark plug wires, the MSD (Multiple Spark Discharge) box, and the coil. This fixed the problem, as the engine ran much better in the second round of practice.

We started on the pole for the 50 lap main event this week with Jason Romero on the outside. Although I was the official leader of the first three laps, Romero put up a hard fight on the outside; harder than I wanted to run so early in the race. I eased off and let Romero take the lead, knowing that it would only be a matter of time before his car began to fade. Sure enough, Romero stretched out a small lead and then immediately began getting looser and looser. While running behind him, I noticed that he would bobble about every other lap when entering turn one. Once Romero had burned his tires off enough that I caught him, I took advantage of that bobble and got underneath him coming off of turn two on lap 10. I stretched out a lead of about four car lengths before I eased up a bit, saving my equipment for later in the race. A few cautions flew, but I was able to stretch my lead back out as soon as we went back to green.

Late in the race, John Moore, who has more 2nd place finishes this season than anyone, was behind me on a restart. Knowing that I was faster than him, he overstepped the boundaries of clean driving to make a challenge for the lead. I don't have any problem with the typical short track car-to-car contact. I do, however, have a problem when someone not only hits you square in the rear bumper, but hits you hard and then does not let you gather it back in, which is exactly what Moore did. Turning me sideways coming off of turn two after a lap 35 restart, he drove into my side door as we got to the backstretch, enabling him to take the lead. I used some of the car control skills that I learned back in my karting days, racing Briggs and Strattons in the rain, to keep the car from going around. By the time I got the car gathered back in, he had a one car length lead and I was forced to battle the cars behind me for a few laps.

There was one final restart, but I was forced to battle side-by-side with Gary Glenn to hold onto second, which I was able to do, and the only way that I would have been able to get back to the lead was to do to Moore exactly what he did to me, and I really don't see any sense in that. I do believe in fair play and I won't purposely wreck anyone. Maybe that's because I've worked on a lot of my own equipment throughout my racing career, so I respect my racecars more than some others do. That said, I do believe that you need to give it back to anyone who gives it to you, meaning I'll be walking a fine line next week of not wrecking my own equipment while still reminding Moore why he shouldn't try and wreck me to pass me.

In the end, I finished second, which made Saturday a great points night for our team. We'll be back in action this coming weekend!


Home  |  Contact

(c) Copyright 2018 RaceRap, LLC

[ Go To Top of Page ]

Tracksdie Weather


Driver Web Sites - Click Here

Advertisers








Tracks

Click Here for entire list of tracks and series

RaceRap News & Photo Page
RaceRap News & Photo Page

Dillon Motor Speedway
Dillon Motor Speedway

Caraway Speedway
Caraway Speedway

Hickory Motor Speedway
Hickory Motor Speedway

Driver & Team Press Releases
Driver & Team Press Releases

Florence Motor Speedway
Florence Motor Speedway

Coastal Plains Raceway Park
Coastal Plains Raceway Park

Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway

Myrtle Beach Speedway
Myrtle Beach Speedway

Southside Speedway
Southside Speedway

Southern National Motorsports Park
Southern National Motorsports Park

Mountain View Speedway
Mountain View Speedway

Editorial

Lonesome Pine Raceway
Lonesome Pine Raceway

ACE Speedway
ACE Speedway

Wake County Speedway
Wake County Speedway



Series

Click Here for entire list of tracks and series

Pass Series Racing
Pass Series Racing

UARA Series
UARA Series

MiniStock Mayhem Series
MiniStock Mayhem Series

South East Limited Late Models Series
South East Limited Late Models Series


RaceRap, LLC

RaceRap