This weekend I had a last minute opportunity to drive in the XFINITY Series for the MBM #13 team at Bristol. Man was I excited because Bristol puts on the best racing of the year! Before I get started on our weekend, I want to thank Carl Long and Derek White for having me back in their race car!
Heading into Bristol, both Carl and I knew we were going to have to make the field based on speed with both cars having a tough start to the season and having minimum points. What’s great about having a 2 car team is we went to the track with 2 different setups to find which would be best for the both of us. As we practiced on Friday, it seemed that both cars were actually very close to one another on speed so we both kept the setup we came to the track with.
As we rolled over to Saturday, we were focused on putting down a great qualifying lap to put us into the big show. The clock for qualifying started and we were the first to hit the track. After putting down a solid lap, we cooled the motor down and prepared it to make one more run with the tires having heat in them. As I returned to the track for our 2nd run I noticed we had an issue. Had to abort the run and bring the car to pit road to discover we had a crack in the radiator.
Qualifying finished up and even without the 2nd run we hoped for, we discovered we were in the race. So now the MBM team went to work. We had to weld up the crack in the radiator which is no easy task and on top of that we didn’t have a whole lot of time before the start of the race. I’m so proud of how everyone came together in pitching in to help and surely enough they got the radiator fixed and we were ready to race.
I knew starting on the tail of the field would be tough but as the green flag dropped for the race, we were able to take our Dodge Challenger up a few spots right away. A caution flew early and we had just been put a lap down around the 50 lap mark. Knowing we had a good peace we took the wave around to be put on the lead lap. Running on older tires now we knew we were going to have to go to work. The race went green flag for another 85 laps before the next caution and let me tell you we had maxed out that set of tires!
Finally after making our pit stop at the 135 lap mark of 200 which would end up being our only stop of the race, we were back racing on fresher tires! All race long we stayed out of other’s messes and mistakes and kept the bright orange Dodge with all 4 fenders on it to finish a solid p32. Coming into Bristol I had much higher expectations, but to see the hard work and effort put in to even have a chance to finish this race was incredible!
We had a lot of support from some great Partners this weekend that I would like to say thanks to. We are all proud to represent the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit, Bubba Burger, Truxx Outfitters, Schaeffer Oil, GRAFOID, and Braille Battery! I cant wait to be back in the seat of the #13 car for Carl Long and Derek White this weekend coming up at Richmond. Richmond is only an hour away from where I grew up, which makes it special as always to be able to go home!