After missing the last two races in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, Justin was back in the #36 Alliance Garage Doors /CHI Overhead Doors car for Round 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Starting p. 9, Justin would run in the top 5 for a majority of the 200 lap race. The first part of the race would see 82 laps of green flag racing. At lap 83 the first caution waved bringing everyone down pit road for 4 tires and fuel. Justin would continue a strong pace in the second half running p. 2 behind the leader, teammate Kenny Humpe. There were 7 total cautions with the race ending under yellow and Justin finishing p. 2 for his highest finishing spot this season. The TEAM continues to show how strong their cars are by taking the win and having 6 TEAM drivers finishing in the top 10. Click here to watch a replay of the race on YouTube.
On May 19, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway for Round 7 of the Series. Justin in the #36 Alliance Garage Doors / C.H.I. Overhead Doors car qualified in p. 11 and in the first couple laps of the race quickly moved up to p. 6. The first half of the race went green except for one caution on lap 4. Justin ran in the top 5 cycling through two green flag pit stops. The second half of the race had three cautions within 29 laps. At the restart on lap 148, the inside line had a slow start and the drivers behind Justin pushed forward creating a huge wreck catching Justin and ending his night. Justin and the other members of The TEAM again were extremely fast but ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Watch the race here https://youtu.be/PQA1aZN-fRQ. June 2 will see the series at Dover International Speedway.
Saturday, Jan.19, was a nice and sunny, but cold, race day for the 6th round of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Practice on Friday was canceled due to the Generation 6 testing by NASCAR. Justin started the day taking over a full second off his time from last weekend. The #99 was able to qualify 7th out of 15 Pro drivers. Finishing 5th in the heat race, Justin started the feature in p.9. The feature had some hard racing with Justin running as high as p. 5 at one point. Battling with the #54 of Gregory Lang again this week, Justin lost a couple of positions and crossed the finish line in the 8th spot. A very strong run for the #99. Make sure to take the time to watch the video from the race.
The 5th round of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was held Saturday, 1/12 on the Road Course. There was supposed to be a full day of practice on Friday; however, rain and fog kept the cars off the track. With limited practice, Justin was able to make some good runs through the course on Saturday, but couldn’t find the speed necessary to run in the top 5 in the Pro class. For the start of the feature, Justin lined up in the 12th position out of 13 Pro drivers. By the halfway point, Justin was running ninth. During the second half of the race, Justin had to hold off the #54 of Gregory Lang for the 8th spot. Even though it wasn’t for the lead, both drivers did a great job racing each other clean and hard for several laps. Altogether a respectable run for the #99 in his second race in the Pro Division. Starting out the 2013 season, Justin is running with the best to be the best. We will be traveling down next weekend for practice on Friday, 1/18, and Round 6 of the Winter Heat Series on Saturday, 1/19.
It was great to be able to be back in the Legend Car for the first weekend of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. However, during practice on Friday, we were unable to get the car to respond to any changes. The same problem occurred on Saturday during both races. It was a disappointing start in the Pro class. We did find out later the following week that the car has major problems with the frame. Unfortunately, this will cause us to miss the second week of the Winter Heat series coming up Jan. 5 and 6. We will be ready with new equipment for the start of the road course racing at the Winter Heat series January 12.
Charlotte Motor Speedway — Justin was the fastest car during practice for Round 8 of the Summer Shootout but then storms on Tuesday postponed the races until next week.
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.
Summer Shootout — Round 3 — We had a great car for Round 3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Justin was able to finish 3rd in the Heat Race. The #99 started 8th for the Feature race and was running strong. It was a caution-filled race. At one point as many as 19 cars were involved in a pile-up. Justin was able to drive through the beginning of that wreck but then a little later was unintentionally spun from behind. This put the #99 in the rear of the field. During yet another caution, several cars in front of Justin came to an abrupt stop and in a chain reaction several cars bumped into each other. This would have not been a problem except for the fact that a car behind Justin trying to catch up to the field hit the #99 hard into the car in front causing extensive front-end damage that ended our race. Unfortunately, with the way our luck has been going lately, we will have to take a break from running the Summer Shootout.
The first two rounds of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway did not start off exactly the way we had hoped. The pill draw and being able to finish well in the heat races are key to the Shootout. Good track position at the start of the feature is a huge advantage at this track. Round 1 Justin was caught up in a couple of spins but was able to finish the race in p.19 out of a 28-car field. Justin had a fast car for the Round 2 heat race but, unfortunately, was caught up in a wreck and did not finish. This meant that he would have to start in the back of the field for the Round 2 feature race. The racing is extremely close as you can see from Justin’s videos of both Round 1 and Round 2 feature races on YouTube. Justin is using two GoPro cameras, one on the front and one on the rear of the car, to give the fans some awesome views of the racing at the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After a last lap wreck where Justin was slammed from behind, the #99 car finished p.20 out of 32 cars. We will try again on June 26 for Round 3. Really hoping for a good pill draw and a good finish in the Heat race.
The last weekend of the Winter Heat Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway started out with a fast practice day on Friday. Saturday saw the #99 come away with a 4th place finish. The videos from the Heat and Feature Races are on the Video Page.
Sunday Justin started on the outside of the first row. #99 led three laps of the Heat race, was turned off course on the last lap and ended up finishing 3rd.
Justin had a great start in the Feature Race and was running 5th. It was the last race of the series and everyone was racing hard. #99 and #87 ended up coming into a turn side by side and neither made it out. They were both able to continue but Justin was now further back in the pack. A full course caution caused a single-file restart. At this point #99 was running in the 6th position. Justin was slammed from behind so hard as to knock the rear bumper off the car. The rule is a car cannot continue without a rear bumper and Justin had to come off the course. #99 ended up with a 10th place finish.
Overall, the Winter Heat series was a lot of fun and Justin gained so much experience in the car.
Justin finished 4th place overall in the final points standings out of 20 cars in the Semi-Pro Division of the 2012 Winter Heat Series. This is a tremendous accomplishment for this being Justin’s first time ever racing a Legend car, first time running on asphalt and first time racing on a road course.
It was a great time working with Dan Snyder Racing who provided Justin with the car setup and help at the track.
Justin will begin racing his #99 Legend car on ovals in March.