Saturday, August 30, was the Bobby Isaac Memorial Race at Hickory Motor Speedway. Due to rain canceling a previous Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge race, the track combined the two events.
There were 27 late models entered for the race scheduled to run 150 laps. Justin qualified p. 15.
Starting mid-pack the plan was to ride at the beginning and not do any hard side by side racing early. The first half of the race went green with Justin staying mid-pack. The first caution came out around lap 78 with a car going hard into the tire barrier. There was a lengthy red flag for track clean up and then a lengthy yellow for cars to clean up the speedy dry. The caution laps did count and we lost over 10 laps of racing. Justin lined up p. 15 for the re-start. The second half saw Justin beginning to move forward with some hard side by side battles when the second caution flag flew. Still mid-pack at this point when at about lap 145 a lap car in front of us in the outside lane blew a motor. Huge plume of white smoke and oil in front of Justin’s car. He was able to maintain control of the car without hitting the wall and recovering to continue on only losing a couple spots. The caution came out a couple laps later for the oil setting up 3 laps to the finish. These last 3 laps were some very close hard racing with Justin crossing the finish line p. 14.
The next and final race of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge Series will be Saturday, 9/13.