09/22/2012 — Saturday we raced at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. Lots of racing history at Hickory and Saturday saw 27 Legend car drivers show up for this race. This was the first time for Justin at Hickory . With only two practice sessions, Justin qualified p3 out of the 27 cars with a 17.366. After qualifying, the track decided to split the divisions for the features. Semi-Pro/Young Lions feature was first with a field of 18 cars. Justin started p3. The race went green for the first 17 laps with Justin losing one spot. He started p4 for the re-start and finished a strong 4th place overall and a 3rd place in the Semi-Pro division.
09/21/2012 — Traveled down to Anderson Motor Speedway in SC on Friday, 09/21. Justin had a good handling car for the night. Started the feature in p5 out of 21 cars. Justin was able to move up to p2 by lap 9. Unfortunately, #83 decided to hit Justin out of the way rather than race him for the position. Justin spun and had to start in the rear of the field. With over half the race complete, Justin was still able to race up through the field to finish 8th overall. Tough night but Justin showed again he can stay focused and gain as many spots as possible coming to the checkered flag.
The weather was perfect this past Saturday at Caraway Speedway in NC. Thirteen Legend car drivers chose Caraway for their Saturday night racing. Justin had a good handling car, but couldn’t quite find the same speed we had in practice last week. The #99 qualified fourth quickest but had to start the feature race in the sixth position due to the fact we won the last time at the track. At the start of the feature Keven Wood and Austin Thompson pulled away. Justin battled J. Osborne, Austin Osborne, and Adam Burton for most of the race. These four drivers were inches apart and ran a caution-free race. On lap 18 Justin had the third position but contact from behind resulted in Justin falling back to p6. He was able to stay in it and came across the finish line side by side with Austin Osborne with Justin taking 5th overall and 2nd in the Semi-Pro division. A solid finish and a good night of racing with everyone at DSR.
Racing up here in PA is over for the season so we traveled down to SC to Anderson Motor Speedway Friday. This was their Rupert Porter Memorial Shrine Race. There was only time for one practice run and no time for a heat race or qualifying. The Legend car field was set by a pill draw. Sixteen cars started the race with the #99 starting 4th. Prior to the start of the race, the track held an autograph session for the Legend car drivers. There was a large crowd on hand. During the feature race, I (Mom) sat up in the stands. It was so nice to hear the crowd cheering for Justin during the feature. So far, Anderson Motor Speedway has the best fans of any track we have raced at so far. Justin battled hard up front the entire race. Just like the last time we raced at Anderson , there were three cautions during the last five laps of the race and the race ended on a Green-White-Checker. Justin finished 2nd overall and 1st in the Semi-Pro division. My hands were still shaking after the race when I was taking the photos from Victory Lane so, unfortunately, the picture is a little blurry (see Photos page).
Went up to Lake Erie Speedway for their last race of the season this Labor Day Weekend. Thirty Legend cars started the day. Justin started 9th in the third heat and finished third. This put the #99 starting 9th for the Feature race. The field just could not get a good start and there were three cautions within the first six laps of the race. Contact with the #83 sent Justin to the back of the field on lap 6. Justin had a very strong car and did an amazing run through the field. The #99 crossed the finish line side by side with #98 with a 4th place overall finish and another 1st place in the Semi-Pro division. Be sure to watch the video of the race at the Videos Page.
We stayed in PA this weekend and went up to Lake Erie Speedway. Made a lot of adjustments to the car during practice and were able to get it dialed in by feature time. Justin won his fifth heat race of the season. After the invert, the #99 started p. 10 for the Feature race. The race went caution free for the first 20 laps. Justin was up to p. 4 when the first caution came out. There would be two cautions in the last 5 laps. Justin finished fourth overall with his fourth Semi-Pro win of the season at Lake Erie Speedway. Thank you to DSR and Keven Wood for help with the car.