SoBo — We traveled to Virginia early Friday morning for practice at South Boston Speedway that afternoon. Saturday was a National Qualifier race. After the first practice on Saturday, the rear housing on the car broke. DSR was able to replace the housing in time to get the #99 car out for the second and final practice. Justin qualified p. 6 out of 20 cars. On lap 2 of the feature race, #14 came into turn 1 way too fast losing control of his car and slammed into Justin sending him hard into the outside wall. The car was severely damaged and our night ended. Huge disappointment and a very costly weekend for the #99. Instead of racing at Charlotte during the last round of the Summer Shootout, we headed back to PA.
Lake Erie Speedway — It was a long night at Lake Erie Speedway with a 3 hour rain delay, but it was worth the wait. Justin started in the fifth position for the heat race and finished a strong 2nd place. This put him in p7 for the start of the feature race. After a caution involving 4 cars on Lap 1, the #99 restarted in p4. He quickly moved up to 2nd place with Matt Pappa running first. A caution on lap 12, though, brought the field back together. Justin had to give up the second position for a few laps to make sure he kept ahead of another Semi-Pro driver running fourth. The last five laps of the race saw Justin and Debrakeleer battling hard side by side for the second spot. They came across the line side by side with Justin taking 3rd overall and 1st in the Semi-Pro division.
Caraway Speedway — We made a last minute decision to drive down to NC at 7 a.m. Sunday morning to get to the speedway by 3 p.m. So glad we did. It was a hot, sunny day at Caraway. After qualifying and the pill draw, Justin started p3 for the feature race. The DSR cars started the inside line with Keven Wood on the pole, Justin in p3 and Joe Ryan in p5. Justin was able to get to the front with Keven Wood close behind moving away from the field. There was a caution on Lap 9. Justin was able to stay out front but Austin Thompson started closing in. Lap 19 Austin was able to get around Justin but Justin was able to stay on his bumper. They had to race around lap cars on the final lap and Justin came away with a close 2nd and a 1st in the Semi-Pro division. After tech inspection, Austin Thompson was found illegal and Justin was credited with his first overall win. A huge thank you to Dan Snyder Racing for getting the car ready for Caraway at the last minute.
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.
Legendstock at Bethel Motor Speedway was held Saturday, August 4. At least forty cars attempted to make the final 24 for the Feature race. After issues with the #99 car during practice, Justin qualified 10th. Once qualifying was finished, all cars were divided into 8-car heats. Justin started 6th and finished 3rd in the heat race. Points were given for qualifying and the heat race and the top 18 cars were automatically entered into the feature. The remaining 6 cars came from the C-Main and B-Main races. Justin started 9th for the Feature race. The #99 had moved up to p5 but was spun and had to start in the rear at p19. Justin raced up through the field to p8. The Feature was supposed to be 50 laps but due to time the race was shortened to 25 laps. There were three GWC. Each GWC, Justin gained a position. He finished 5th overall and 2nd in the Semi-Pro division. After tech, one car was DQed which gave Justin 4th overall; still 2nd in the Semi-Pro division.
We traveled north on Saturday, July 28, to Lake Erie Speedway. Dan Snyder Racing gave Justin a great handling car for the night. Justin started 2nd in the first Heat and quickly took the lead to win his 4th heat of the season at Lake Erie. The #99 lined up in the 4th starting position for the Feature race. After an early caution on lap 1, Justin lined up third for the re-start. Justin ran 3rd right on the bumper of #39 for most of the race until lap 19 when he was finally able to get around him for the 2nd spot. Justin was in the process of catching the leader in the midst of several lap cars when there was a caution with two cars in the wall on the last lap which froze the field. Justin finished 2nd overall and 1st in the Semi-Pro division. Visit http://lakeeriespeedway.com/news/?theid=182 to read their write-up of the Legend Car feature race from Saturday. Justin heads down south for Round 7 of the Jack-in-the-Box Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway for practice on Monday and racing on Tuesday, July 31.
On Saturday, July 14, the rain stayed away at Lake Erie Speedway but, unfortunately, so did the handling of the #99 car. We struggled through practice with a leaking left rear tire. Justin was able to come up through to finish 2nd in the Heat race. Due to the invert, he started the feature in the 8th position. Justin did some hard racing during the feature, but did not have the best handling car to get up to the front. Finished in the 8th position and 4th in the Semi-Pro division.
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.