|August 12th, 2009
Out, August Rolls in (Slowly)
After taking a planned
week off, the Epic Ventures team had an itch that
needed scratching. So with a new set up in the #5 we
hauled to Spencer and what happened next was a mix of
success and set backs.
Practice gave us the
feedback needed to adjust the car to Terry's liking
and with stop watch times comparable to our top
competitors, we readied for any evening of competitive
battle. In the heat, Terry had a good starting spot
but with one slip, Buck Catalano was under Terry and
although able to keep pace, a 2nd place finish was the
best that could be done. Terry felt that the car was
performing better than ever but our competition had
also raised their game. We were scheduled to start on
the pole and that meant it would assure ourselves a
clear shot at our first victory in 2009. We waited
with nervous anticipation as the rest of the classes
completed their main events.
Our friend Kris
Hillegeer was having a good night as new tire rules
were implemented to make the Street Stock class more
competitive, and with our help, Kris grabbed those
changes and won his heat going away (his 3rd heat win
of the year, a great rookie performance). In the main
event he would start outside the front row and would
fight hard for the lead before slipping back and then
recovering for a fine 3rd place finish. As has been
said before by many a racer "we didn't lose, we
just ran out of laps".
Now the SST-Weekly
Modified feature was ready to go and at the drop of
the green we were in for a shock as Terry slipped and
ran up in to long time competitor Matt Lees who ended up hard
in to the wall and out for the night with major damage
to his car. Terry was sent to the rear for the restart
and had to fight back through the 19 car field. Within
a couple laps Terry would tangle with another
competitor fighting an ill handling car and tire spun
restarting in the back once again. There were many
additional cautions and crashes by racers battling for
the lead and Terry would finish the night in 8th
place. The night concluded with a walk over to the
Lees Motorsports Team so that Terry could speak with
Matt about the crash and offer our help with spare
parts if needed. We hope that Matt and team can get he
car back in the near future but we know how tough
things can be sometimes as we experienced the same
fate just a few weeks earlier.
For a full write-up on
the night's events, click here at July 31st Spencer Press Release.
We gave our SST
Modifieds the following week off and Kris Hillegeer
continued to secure his Rookie of the Year status with
a 4th place finish and his brother Ryan had his best
finish of the year with a 2nd in the Super Six class.
Ryan sits strongly in 2nd in points for the year while
Kris sits 3rd. Watch out for those Hillegeer boys.
This week our main SST
Modifieds will remain parked while we assist with our
associate teammate Jody London. We have gone over his
RE chassis and believe we can take his recent
competitive results and give him a car that will
handle better through the long pace of a main event.
Following next week we
will return in full force as all our SST Modifieds
return to Spencer for the 2nd SST 100 where we plan to
greatly improve on our season opening hard luck. See
you at the ROC show this week.