The last weekend of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway started out with a fast practice day on Friday. Saturday saw the #99 come away with a 4th place finish. The videos from the Heat and Feature Races are on the Video Page.
Sunday Justin started on the outside of the first row. #99 led three laps of the Heat race, was turned off course on the last lap and ended up finishing 3rd.
Justin had a great start in the Feature Race and was running 5th. It was the last race of the series and everyone was racing hard. #99 and #87 ended up coming into a turn side by side and neither made it out. They were both able to continue but Justin was now further back in the pack. A full course caution caused a single-file restart. At this point #99 was running in the 6th position. Justin was slammed from behind so hard as to knock the rear bumper off the car. The rule is a car cannot continue without a rear bumper and Justin had to come off the course. #99 ended up with a 10th place finish.
Overall, the Winter Heat series was a lot of fun and Justin gained so much experience in the car.
Justin finished 4th place overall in the final points standings out of 20 cars in the Semi-Pro Division of the 2012 Winter Heat Series. This is a tremendous accomplishment for this being Justin’s first time ever racing a Legend car, first time running on asphalt and first time racing on a road course.
It was a great time working with Dan Snyder Racing who provided Justin with the car setup and help at the track.
Justin will begin racing his #99 Legend car on ovals in March.