It was beautiful weather on Saturday, 4/12, for the second 100-lap Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge race at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. There were 26 late model cars entered in the event. Justin qualified p. 15.
At the outset of the race, the first 10 cars quickly spread out running single file. Mid-pack on back was a different story with mostly everyone doubled up. Justin did some great side by side racing running the inside line for most of the first 15 laps.
Laps 16 to 26 the drivers settled down and were running single file with Justin in p. 18. Lap 26 saw Justin begin to move forward doing again some great side by side racing until the first caution came out on lap 31. Justin had advanced to p. 15.
Lap 31 seemed to go on forever. The first re-start saw an engine let go putting oil down on the track. There were three more re-starts with three more quick cautions before they finally were able to go onto lap 32. Only the first six cars were running single-file. Everyone else was doubled up. Justin had fought his way up to p.10 when on Lap 42 he was turned coming out of turn 2. He did an amazing save to keep from hitting anything but he would re-start in the back of the field.
Racing hard on the outside now coming up through the field while running p.18 there was a huge pile up on the front stretch before the entrance to turn 1. Justin again did a great job of getting the car stopped in time before being collected in this pile up of at least 10 cars. This brought out the red flag for the clean up.
On the re-start, Justin began to move up through again on the outside. He had made it back up to p. 10 when a 30 lb. lead weight came off the car ahead of him and went through the front of the car into the radiator causing Justin to spin going into turn 1. He drove out of the spin keeping the car from hitting the wall but with the damage to the radiator he was unable to continue at Lap 57.
Very unfortunate end. This race showed excellent car control by Justin in running side by side for most of the race, for being able to make split second decisions to miss all the wrecks, to be able to drive the car out of a spin so as to not hit the wall after such an unexpected event of a lead weight flying through the front of the car, as well as the great communication from his spotter, Bobby, throughout the entire race.
The next 100-lap race will be held 4/26.
Saturday, March 8, was the first race of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina and was also Justin’s debut in the Lee Faulk Racing #15 Late Model. Lots of changes this season — moving from Limited Late Model to stronger horse power in the Late Model stock car and working with a new crew chief and spotter. Justin had very limited practice during the off season and then practice on Friday, 3/7, before the race was rained out. But Saturday Justin was ready to get back on the track. It had been too long since his last win in the Hickory Fall Classic 100 back in September.
There were 24 Late Models at Hickory on Saturday. The track was fast and once qualifying started you needed to come in under 15 seconds to be up front. Justin qualified with a time of 14.977 putting him in p. 9 for the start of the race.
There were only 2 cautions in this 100-lap race — lap 4 and lap 45. Justin did some excellent driving at the beginning in the pack until the cars were able to separate a little. Justin ran p. 9 and p. 8 for most of the race trying to save tires for the end. Unfortunately, with the race going green after lap 45, there wasn’t enough time to get to the front. With 25 laps to go, Justin ran strong to take over the 7th spot and was closing in on position 6 at the checkered flag.
It was a very solid run for the first Late Model race finishing p. 7 to bring home a top 10 finish. It was great to have the opportunity to race in front of such a huge crowd for opening night. The next race will be on March 29.
Here is a sneak peek at Justin’s late model car for the 2014 racing season at Hickory Motor Speedway.
We traveled down south on Thursday, June 6. A tropical storm came through the area Thursday and Friday threatening to ruin the weekend. By Saturday, however, the weather cleared for the races.
During the two practice runs on Saturday, Justin was 4th fastest.
Justin went out second for qualifying. The car handled perfectly and Justin put down the fastest time. Be sure to view the video of Justin accepting the Pole Award
Justin led the field to the green flag. For 35 laps, Justin drove a perfect race. In only his second Limited Late Model race, Justin led all 35 laps to come away with the checkered flag. Watch a video of the race.
I think it was Clint Bowyer who said “Racing is 30% equipment + 30% crew + 30% driver + 10% luck.” We had all of that on Saturday for a perfect race weekend.
The Photos Page has all the pictures from the weekend.
If you would like to promote your business and/or website through Justin’s racing, please contact Sherri by phone at 724-516-6325 or by email at TurnLeft@AllianceRacing.net.
Put your business name in Victory Lane . Justin’s next race is scheduled for June 29 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Saturday, May 11, was Justin’s debut race in the Limited Late Model at Hickory Motor Speedway. The day started out hot and sunny. The drivers were able to get in two practice runs and qualifying before the rain came. The car felt good, and Justin qualified 8th out of 20 cars for the feature. After a 3 hour rain delay, Hickory Speedway was able to dry the track and the Limited Late Models were the first race of the night. It was a 35 lap feature. With no rubber down on the track and a light rain falling, the track was slick. There were two cautions within the first 15 laps with Justin able to make it through both. The last 20 laps were run under green. Justin ran p6 these laps. The top 6 cars had a good straight-away lead over the rest of the field. Justin tried to get past the 5th place car but wasn’t able to make the pass before coming up on a lap car and the checkered flag. It was a good solid run for the first race. Thank you to everyone at Lee Faulk Racing for their hard work at the track. Justin is looking forward to the next race on June 8. Photos have been added from the weekend.
There are a lot of spots available on the car for company names. Justin is still actively seeking partners to add at least 2 more races to this season. Please contact Sherri by email at TurnLeft@AllianceRacing.net for more information.