Justin was back in the #99 Legend car Friday, 8/14, racing at Anderson Motor Speedway in SC. There would be two 25-lap races. Justin qualified p. 11 for the first race out of a field of 25 cars. Justin steadily moved forward avoiding trouble with the six cautions of the race. By lap 23 Justin had driven from p. 11 to p. 5. A caution came out setting up a 2-lap shootout to the end. Running in p. 4 coming into turn 4, two cars collided in front of Justin causing Justin to spin to avoid hitting into them. All three cars had to go to the rear. With only two laps remaining, Justin crossed the finish line the last car on the lead lap.
At the beginning of the first race, all competitors’ tires were marked because the same tires were to be used for both races. The line-up for the second race was set by the finishing order of the first race. Justin lined up p. 19 out of 21. At the start of the race they could not get past lap 1. It was wreck after wreck. Finally, they were able to race to lap 4 before yet another caution. At this time, it seemed that things had settled down some and Justin started his run to the front. By lap 10, Justin was in the top 5. Just as the first race, a caution came out with 2 laps to go. Justin crossed the finish line p. 4. Farbo Motorsports finished p. 3 and p. 4 with both drivers coming up through the field using the same tires for both races. Photos from Friday are on the Photos page. In-car video from Race 1 can be seen here.
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.
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).
This past weekend we traveled down south to race at Anderson Motor Speedway, Caraway Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Anderson Motor Speedway — A National Qualifier race was held on Friday, July 20, at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina . There was a lot of good competition. Dan Snyder Racing had the #99 Legend car dialed in perfect. Justin started the feature in the 7th position and was able to quickly get to the front. Once out front, Justin gained a significant lead on the field and led the race until the last 5 laps when there was a caution. On the restart Justin was able to stay out front and lead the field until another caution came out. Again, Justin was able to stay out front until yet another caution. This extended the race and they had to run a green, white, checker. On the last turn of the last lap of the race, Justin and the second place car made contact and both cars spun allowing the rest of the field to get by. This was the second National Qualifier that ended in disappointment for Justin; the first being at Lake Erie Speedway when the engine blew towards the end of the race. We will try again for another National Qualifier at Legendstock in New York in a couple of weeks.
Caraway Speedway — Race was called due to weather on Saturday, July 21.
Charlotte Motor Speedway — On Tuesday, July 24, was Round 6 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout. After having to take a few weeks off from the Shootout for financial reasons, Justin was ready to be back. Dan Snyder Racing worked at getting the car set during practice on Monday. The #99 ran all of the practices in the top 10. On Tuesday, Justin finished 4th in the heat putting him in the 7th starting position for the feature race. The race ran green for the first 8 laps allowing Justin to move up to the 4th position. After the first caution during the “choose,” the cars in front of Justin all chose the inside line. This gave Justin the perfect opportunity to get to the front by choosing the outside line for the restart. It was a great restart with Justin running second when a driver three cars back decided to push the car in front of him into the turn spinning that car into the car behind Justin who then hit Justin’s car spinning the #99 to the infield. There were a good many number of cars spun during this caution. Justin had minimum damage and was able to continue but had to start in the rear of the field. With only 10 laps remaining in the race, Justin made a very wise decision to ride around in the back to protect the car from any more damage. Justin finished the race in position 18 and, more importantly, finished with a car in one piece ready to try again next week for Round 7.