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.
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.