Anderson Motor Speedway in SC held their final race of the season Friday, 9/18. There were 17 Legend car drivers in attendance for the 20-lap event. Justin qualified on the pole. There were a total of 5 cautions with 4 of them coming in the second half of the race. At the start, the #75 took the lead as Justin patiently stayed in the 2nd spot. At lap 5 Justin powered past the #75 to take back first. Justin had 5 perfect re-starts to maintain the lead throughout the remainder of the race. After the last caution with 3 laps remaining Justin had a strong lead on the remainder of the field taking the checkered flag. Watch the in-car video of the race here.
Without the funding to race the stock cars in 2015, we were able to pull together enough money to bring out the Legend car for some racing. Justin continues to prove that he has the talent behind the wheel. After not racing the Legend car on an oval track for over 3 years, Justin jumped right back in and was up to speed within the first practice. In 5 races, Justin had all top 5 finishes in the Pro Division with (1) win, (2) 2nd place, (1) 3rd, & (1) 4th place. The next race will be the US Legend Car Nationals held at Anderson Motor Speedway in SC November 12 – 14, 2015.
Traveled back down to Anderson Motor Speedway on Friday, 9/11. There were 18 cars in the field. The #99 was fast and Justin qualified on the outside pole. The track inverted for the race so Justin lined up p. 4. There was a quick caution on the first lap at the start. Lining up for the restart in p. 6, Justin drove up to p. 3 by lap 6 and p. 2 by halfway. The second half of the race saw 4 cautions. On lap 12 with Justin and the #8 side by side a caution came out. Lining up p. 2 for the restart there was a quick caution on lap 12 again. Starting p. 2 and running on the outside another caution flew on lap 13. Lining up again on the outside in p. 2 they were able to run 2 laps this time before a car’s engine let go. After a lengthy cleanup, Justin started p. 2. Going into turn 1 the car hit oil and spun. Justin was able to keep it out of the wall but would line up in the rear for the last 5 laps of the race. Drove up to finish p. 8. The #99 was the fastest car in the race as recorded in Race Monitor’s lap times. Had it not been for the oil left on the track, it would have been a great battle to the finish with the #99, the #50 and the #8. Watch the in-car video of the race here.
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.
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.
10/24 – 10/27/2012 — The Nationals at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a great experience, a lot of fun and Justin brought home the hardware.
DSR worked tirelessly all weekend to get the car up to speed. After qualifying Thursday night the heats were set for Friday. Justin finished 5th in the first heat race. Despite a driver driving his car over top of Justin during the second heat race, Justin was able to come away with a 4th place finish. Be sure to look at the Photos Page for 10 photos of the car as he drives over top of Justin’s car and flips over on its roof.
Friday night was the Race of Champions. Drivers were entered in this race if they finished in the top 10 in National points and drivers were also included if they were the top finishers in National points in their home state. Justin started on the pole and was able to hold the other drivers off to win the Race of Champions. The video of the race is on the Videos Page.
On Saturday after lining up on the front stretch of Atlanta Motor Speedway for the photo of all the drivers, all drivers were given the green to ride around the big track. You can see pictures from this on the Photos page.
On Saturday the Semi-Pro National race started with 26 cars. Justin started position 12. Justin made it up to position 7 before being caught up in a wreck. The race was nothing but cautions and wrecked cars. The race was supposed to run 40 laps. Due to the amount of cautions, the race was shortened to 30 laps. The race lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes with only 15 cars finishing the race. Justin was scored 26 for coming off after the wreck. It was a good decision considering the damages.
Justin left Atlanta as the 2012 Race of Champions winner and with a Legend car in one piece. Huge thank you goes out to DSR, Keven Wood, and Zack Skolnick. Also thank you to Justin’s Grandma and Aunt Tina and Uncle O.E. for their support for the Atlanta Nationals.
Friday Justin raced at Concord Speedway for the second time. He had a great qualifying run and started the feature in the 2nd position. Ran most of the feature on the bumper of the 81 car and finished in 3rd.
Saturday we went over to Caraway Speedway in Sophia , NC . Justin qualified 3rd and after the pill draw started the feature in the 5th position. Once the race started, we could tell the car was not handling well. It was a difficult 25 laps but Justin was able to hang on and finish 5th overall and 4th in the Semi-Pro division.
Sunday Justin went back to Concord Speedway for the last points race of the 2012 season. The races from Saturday night had rained out and had to be made up on Sunday. This caused the drivers to have to draw pills for starting positions rather than run qualifying laps. Of course, Justin drew the highest pill and started the feature in the last position. Justin’s car was very fast and he had made it up to position 4 when contact with 71 knocked the #99’s bumper loose. DSR was able to repair the bumper but Justin then had to go to the rear of the field. Again contact was made with a slower car in front and this ended Justin’s night. Justin was credited with a 6th place finish. Videos of all three races are on the Videos Page.
Went for the first time this season to Concord Speedway in NC. Justin was able to get some practice with both cars at the track in the afternoon. Justin qualified 3rd for the feature race. He was able to keep the third position throughout the race and finished closing in on the second place car. We were unable to use the GoPro cameras, but you can see a recap of the race at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnDnOWfKB8A.