The #99 running strong and then blows the engine June 2, 2012

Traveled up to Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, June 2, for the Legend Car National Qualifier Event. There were 33 cars in attendance; 18 Semi-Pro/Young Lions and 15 Pro/Masters.

The day started out great with two good practice runs. The Semi-Pro/Young Lions were split into two heat races. Justin started last out of 9 cars in the first Heat Race and was able to charge up through to finish 2nd.

The Feature Race would have 18 cars racing for 30 laps. Justin started in the 3rd position. The beginning of the race saw several cautions. Justin spun on lap 14 but was able to keep the car from backing into the wall. Unfortunately, he had to go to the rear of the field.
With half of the laps finished, Justin had a lot of work to do to get back to the front. By lap 24, Justin had made it to position 5 when a caution came out. He was in a perfect position to get back up front to being one of the top three cars where he had started the race.
It just was not meant to happen. On the re-start, crossing the Start/Finish line, there was a huge plume of white smoke and flames from the #99. Justin’s engine had blown. With only 6 laps left in the race, Justin’s night ended. He was able to get the car stopped on the apron and get himself out of the car. It was a huge disappointment after such a strong run in the Heat race and a great run up through the field during the Feature.

Justin was credited with 13th place at the end of the night.

We will be headed down to Charlotte, NC on Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, for the Summer Shootout. This is a 10-week long event running through August at the 1/4 mile oval track inside Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are currently 230 cars registered so far. Should be an awesome experience.