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).
Coming off his first Semi-Pro win at Caraway on the 4th of July, Justin headed up to Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, July 7. It was another hot day. The car was okay during practice but not as fast. Still, Justin was able to win his heat race. After the track invert, the #99 started the Feature race in 10th position.
It was some hard, close racing during the Feature. After several cautions, Justin had raced his way up to finish the race in the 4th position and 1st out of the Semi-Pro drivers.
Two division wins in a row. Hoping to keep the wins coming. Justin will be back at Lake Erie Speedway next Saturday, July 14.
It was a very hot July 4th at Caraway Speedway. Track temperature was an incredible 142 degrees. Justin qualified 2nd fastest with Keven Wood taking the Pole Award.
Before the Feature Races, Caraway Speedway gave the fans a chance to come down on the track for an autograph session with the drivers.
After the pill draw with the top 6 qualifiers, Justin lined up 4th for the Feature Race. The top 6 cars quickly pulled away and it was some very fast, clean racing for 25 laps. It was a caution-free race. Justin in the #99 and Austin Osborne in the #33 traded places back and forth for the third position. On the last lap, Justin was able to pass the #33 and cross the finish line in 3rd. See the photos page for pictures of Justin in victory lane.
This was his best finishing position so far this season and Justin’s first Semi-Pro division win. Dan Snyder Racing gave Justin a great handling car to drive. Justin’s next race will be Saturday, June 7, at Lake Erie Speedway.
Lake Erie Speedway — After a disappointing Round 3 down in Charlotte, we headed up to Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, 6/30 for the Driver/Sponsor Appreciation Night. Justin felt very good about the car after the one and only practice run. Justin started 2nd in the 3rd heat and quickly took the lead coming out of turn 2 winning his second Heat Race at Lake Erie Speedway.
Before the feature races started, the Speedway lined up all the drivers and their cars for the autograph session. This was a great experience being able to talk with the fans while letting them see the Legend car. The kids had the best time sitting inside the car.
The Legend cars were the last feature race of the night. The #99 car started 6th after the invert. Justin had a strong start and quickly the #39, #62 and #99 were out front with a good lead on the rest of the field. After the second caution flag of the race, Justin was running third and a car deliberately pulled down in front of him entering turn 1. Justin had nowhere to go and they hit causing both cars to spin and a third car then hit into both of them ending Justin’s night. It is an extreme challenge for our #99 team when you do not have the finishes to show for these past races. We will keep racing as much as we can and I am confident Justin will be in victory lane soon.
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.
After having rain postpone our racing in Round 1 of the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Tuesday, we traveled up to Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, June 16. No rain threatened this race.
We did, however, have the tab on our muffler break which caused the muffler to fall off the car during the last practice run. We very much appreciate Matt Pappa’s family for letting us borrow a muffler and for helping us put it on the car in time for the Heat Race.
Justin started on the pole in the third group of the Heat races and was able to race to his first Heat Race win at Lake Erie Speedway.
After the invert, Justin started 11th out of 26 cars for the Feature race. It was some very close, fast racing. After the last caution with 6 laps remaining in the race, Justin and the #97 came across the finish line side by side racing for p. 6 and 7; with Justin edging past him for the 6th place finish; finishing 2nd in Semi-Pro Division.
We will be heading back down to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Round 1 make-up race and for Round 2 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout. Remember to follow Justin on Twitter JustinBolton99 and using #summershootout.
Traveled up to Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, June 2, for the Legend Car National Qualifier Event. There were 33 cars in attendance; 18 Semi-Pro/Young Lions and 15 Pro/Masters.
The day started out great with two good practice runs. The Semi-Pro/Young Lions were split into two heat races. Justin started last out of 9 cars in the first Heat Race and was able to charge up through to finish 2nd.
The Feature Race would have 18 cars racing for 30 laps. Justin started in the 3rd position. The beginning of the race saw several cautions. Justin spun on lap 14 but was able to keep the car from backing into the wall. Unfortunately, he had to go to the rear of the field.
With half of the laps finished, Justin had a lot of work to do to get back to the front. By lap 24, Justin had made it to position 5 when a caution came out. He was in a perfect position to get back up front to being one of the top three cars where he had started the race.
It just was not meant to happen. On the re-start, crossing the Start/Finish line, there was a huge plume of white smoke and flames from the #99. Justin’s engine had blown. With only 6 laps left in the race, Justin’s night ended. He was able to get the car stopped on the apron and get himself out of the car. It was a huge disappointment after such a strong run in the Heat race and a great run up through the field during the Feature.
Justin was credited with 13th place at the end of the night.
We will be headed down to Charlotte, NC on Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, for the Summer Shootout. This is a 10-week long event running through August at the 1/4 mile oval track inside Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are currently 230 cars registered so far. Should be an awesome experience.
Great weekend of racing over the Memorial Day holiday. Traveled to Lake Erie Speedway in PA for their opening night. There were a total of 36 Legend cars and over 5800 people in attendance to watch the feature races. The track split the Legend cars into two divisions: Semi-Pro / Young Lions and Pro / Masters. There were 20 cars in the Semi-Pro / Young Lions division. Justin started the feature race in the 9th position. By the 4th lap of the feature race, Justin had moved up to 5th. After lap 5, the top 5 cars pulled away from the rest of the field. The race stayed green and Justin maintained the 5th position for the remainder of the race; finishing 3rd in the Semi-Pro Division.
On Sunday, we traveled over to Mountain Speedway in Drums, PA. There were 17 Legend cars. With this being Justin’s first time at the track, he had to start last for the heat race and for the feature race. This was an extremely rough short track and we were glad to leave there with a car in one piece. After 20 laps, Justin was able to make it up through to the 10th position; finishing 4th in the Semi-Pro Division.
It was great to be able to get back to the tracks after a couple weeks off. A huge thank you goes out to Dan Snyder for making the trip from NC to help us over the weekend.
We traveled to NC to race at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, May 12. There were 21 Legend cars at the track. During the second practice session, Justin was caught up in a wreck entering turn 1. He simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A car was sent up the track hitting Justin and sending the #99 into the wall. The #99 was heavily damaged and Justin was unable to start the race.
It was a bad break for the team; but thanks to everyone at DSR, Justin will be ready for Lake Erie Speedway over Memorial Day weekend.