|August 10th, 2007
08-10-07 "From Rags to Riches"
the Epic Venture cars rolled in to the pits together,
we eagerly awaited what lied ahead on a double points
night for the SST Modifieds. The answer would leave us
both pleasantly surprised and self reflective.
tried to push the limits of some recent chassis
improvements, the #50 found where those limits were
located. During practice, Tom had his hands full with
a car that was too loose for his still developing
skills. After some hands on help from Super Six driver
Kris Hillegeer, changes were quickly made to get the
#50 under more control. Tom and Terry would run in the
same heat race and Tom could only watch as every car
pulled away as he continued to wrestle with this new
driving challenge. However, priorities would change
quickly when during a red flag stoppage; Terry's car
would be towed to the pits while leaking oil rapidly.
Tom completed the heat but anticipated receiving bad
news about the #5 team car.
was indeed done for the evening with an unrepairable
gash in the oil pan. Immediately the decision was made
to have Terry drive the #50 in order to protect his
5th place point's position. The Epic Venture crews
combined to change tires on the #50 so that Terry
could test the car during intermission and make last
minute preparations. During the test, the loose
condition reared its ugly head, except that Terry was
able to attain some serious speed in the car. With
adjustments completed, Terry and the #50 were put to
19thout of 22 cars, Terry quickly moved up through the
field and caught a few breaks as wrecks and spins were
aplenty this evening. The early plan was to shoot for
a top 10 finish but circumstances kept presenting
themselves until Terry found himself in 5th place. A
great battle for 4th place with the #81 of Matt
"Bones" Lees had the fans off their seats
for the last 3 laps with Terry unable to complete the
pass. Terry's performance gave the team a great
emotional uplift and improved his points total to 4th
place for the season. Because of other driver's
misfortunes and Terry's performance, he had actually
GAINED a spot with what was thought to be the weaker
team car. Fellow competitor Scott Combs stopped by and
commented to Tom "I'll never put Terry in my car,
'cause I couldn't handle seeing how much more I have
to learn". Tom just shook his head and said
"Boy do I know what you mean".
enthusiasm carried over to his ROC Modified #11. What
was scheduled to be a test session, Terry turned in to
a full race effort with a 9th place finish on tires
that were quite obviously used up. I guess when you're
on your game, there's just no sense in slowing down.
week will bring two challenges as Tom will have to
find a way to take advantage of the #50's
capabilities, and fellow racer Jody "Gater
Boy" London debuts his #89 SST Modified. See you
all again next week.