SoBo — We traveled to Virginia early Friday morning for practice at South Boston Speedway that afternoon. Saturday was a National Qualifier race. After the first practice on Saturday, the rear housing on the car broke. DSR was able to replace the housing in time to get the #99 car out for the second and final practice. Justin qualified p. 6 out of 20 cars. On lap 2 of the feature race, #14 came into turn 1 way too fast losing control of his car and slammed into Justin sending him hard into the outside wall. The car was severely damaged and our night ended. Huge disappointment and a very costly weekend for the #99. Instead of racing at Charlotte during the last round of the Summer Shootout, we headed back to PA.
Justin was featured in an article in the Tribune Review newspaper entitled Latrobe Senior Taking Steps Towards Future in Nascar by Brian Graham.
Lake Erie Speedway — It was a long night at Lake Erie Speedway with a 3 hour rain delay, but it was worth the wait. Justin started in the fifth position for the heat race and finished a strong 2nd place. This put him in p7 for the start of the feature race. After a caution involving 4 cars on Lap 1, the #99 restarted in p4. He quickly moved up to 2nd place with Matt Pappa running first. A caution on lap 12, though, brought the field back together. Justin had to give up the second position for a few laps to make sure he kept ahead of another Semi-Pro driver running fourth. The last five laps of the race saw Justin and Debrakeleer battling hard side by side for the second spot. They came across the line side by side with Justin taking 3rd overall and 1st in the Semi-Pro division.
Caraway Speedway — We made a last minute decision to drive down to NC at 7 a.m. Sunday morning to get to the speedway by 3 p.m. So glad we did. It was a hot, sunny day at Caraway. After qualifying and the pill draw, Justin started p3 for the feature race. The DSR cars started the inside line with Keven Wood on the pole, Justin in p3 and Joe Ryan in p5. Justin was able to get to the front with Keven Wood close behind moving away from the field. There was a caution on Lap 9. Justin was able to stay out front but Austin Thompson started closing in. Lap 19 Austin was able to get around Justin but Justin was able to stay on his bumper. They had to race around lap cars on the final lap and Justin came away with a close 2nd and a 1st in the Semi-Pro division. After tech inspection, Austin Thompson was found illegal and Justin was credited with his first overall win. A huge thank you to Dan Snyder Racing for getting the car ready for Caraway at the last minute.
Charlotte Motor Speedway — Justin was the fastest car during practice for Round 8 of the Summer Shootout but then storms on Tuesday postponed the races until next week.
Legendstock at Bethel Motor Speedway was held Saturday, August 4. At least forty cars attempted to make the final 24 for the Feature race. After issues with the #99 car during practice, Justin qualified 10th. Once qualifying was finished, all cars were divided into 8-car heats. Justin started 6th and finished 3rd in the heat race. Points were given for qualifying and the heat race and the top 18 cars were automatically entered into the feature. The remaining 6 cars came from the C-Main and B-Main races. Justin started 9th for the Feature race. The #99 had moved up to p5 but was spun and had to start in the rear at p19. Justin raced up through the field to p8. The Feature was supposed to be 50 laps but due to time the race was shortened to 25 laps. There were three GWC. Each GWC, Justin gained a position. He finished 5th overall and 2nd in the Semi-Pro division. After tech, one car was DQed which gave Justin 4th overall; still 2nd in the Semi-Pro division.