After a couple weeks of heartbreaks and bad luck, I could not wait to head to Bristol to have a good race. Now going into Bristol I know that just about anything can happen. I’ve had races running inside the top 20 with everything going perfect and I’ve had races where… well I’d like to forget the bad ones.
On Friday we had our only two sessions of practice along with qualifying to wrap the day up. In the first session we practiced race trim and we accomplished everything we wanted to learn in that session. The final practice session we transferred the car to qualifying trim in hopes to have good track position to start our race. Our goal for qualifying was to be top 36 on the speed sheets. We prepared a great car for qualifying but we came up just short. We were only a tenth of a second from our goal in result we started 41st.
As we prepared the car for the next day we had something very special happen. While the Premium Motorsports team was pushing through tech the lovely folks at Big Daddy RV had offered to help our race team get through the weekend! I can’t thank everyone involved with Big Daddy RV enough for their support because its so tough to compete against these high dollar race teams so any extra support for our race teams goes a very long ways.
With all the support from Premium Motorsports and Big Daddy RV, I was pumped to put on a great show for them! The green flag waved and we were underway. To start the race we were doing a great job. I was able to get by a couple cars quick and fall in line. The car drove very good to start the race but as the temps dropped and the rubber built up the track started to free up. Zach our crew chief on top the boxes made some great changes to try to tune our car to what we needed to race with the pack. All race long we kept our car clean through some close calls and finished the race 39th.
There was a lot of things we could take away from the night. We all are striving to do better and with the hard work and dedication that the Premium Motorsports guys are putting in, speed and better finishes are soon to come. I want to thank Big Daddy RVs for coming aboard and helping us this week. This is a small team but I am very happy with the direction and potential that we have moving forward. Can’t wait to get to Darlington!
This weekend was my first trip to a road course in a Sprint Cup car. After having a lot of success in the Xfinity Series on the road courses I was ready to challenge myself in NASCAR’s elite series. My best finish in my rookie season in 2011 came at Road America with an 11th place finish so I had my goal set to try to position myself for a top ten finish.
The weekend started off with two rounds of practice on Friday. Everyone at Premium Motorsports put in a ton of effort to have a great race at Watkins Glen. As practice began, we took to the track and noticed quickly that we were having brake problems. I would lose my brakes completely on the race track which is an issue that needed to be fixed immediately. However this had cost us much needed track time prior to qualifying.
As we rolled into qualifying the following day we bolted brand new brake rotors, calipers, and master cylinder to eliminate any issue there could possibly have been. We would end up qualifying 43rd for Sunday’s race but it was a great feeling knowing we had fixed our brake issue.
I knew the race would be a challenge with some of the struggles we had faced through out the weekend but I knew that everyone at Premium Motorsports would fight all race to get the best finish as we could. As the green flag flew we picked up a few spots right away and settled inline. We fought overall grip the beginning of the run because we started off on scuff tires. We ended up falling a lap down which trapped us behind a lot of cars that we were faster than. As we bolted sticker tires on the rest of the race, we picked up speed tremendously and made a lot of progress to end the race. Unfortunately we were just stuck behind everyone a lap behind and we would settle for a 38th place finish.
I always enjoy racing at these road courses and we all had hoped for a much better finish. Some unfortunate circumstances kept us from a much better finish but overall I’m happy with the weekend and I always have fun behind the wheel! Next week I can’t wait to take to the big 2 mile race track at Michigan. We will run the new drag package again and I’m excited to see how the cars will drive this weekend. Make sure to check out my twitter & facebook page for updates through out the week!