Another fun weekend of racing. Justin was in the #99 Legend Car at Anderson Motor Speedway in SC for the 30 lap US Legend National Qualifier. The first practice run went well but a lug nut got stuck on the right rear. Thanks to Justin Ashley we were able to get that fixed and be on the track in time for qualifying. Justin qualified p. 5 out of 16 cars. After the first caution early in the race, Justin quickly moved up to p. 3 and chased down the front two cars. With two laps remaining, the second caution came out closing up the field. It was a close battle between the top 3 with Justin coming across the finish line p. 2. Congrats to Justin Ashley on the win. Farbo Motorsports took p. 1 and p. 2 again. Photos from the race and from the NASCAR Bristol race are on the Photos Page. Watch the in-car video of the Legend race on Justin’s YouTube Channel here.
Saturday, August 30, was the Bobby Isaac Memorial Race at Hickory Motor Speedway. Due to rain canceling a previous Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge race, the track combined the two events.
There were 27 late models entered for the race scheduled to run 150 laps. Justin qualified p. 15.
Starting mid-pack the plan was to ride at the beginning and not do any hard side by side racing early. The first half of the race went green with Justin staying mid-pack. The first caution came out around lap 78 with a car going hard into the tire barrier. There was a lengthy red flag for track clean up and then a lengthy yellow for cars to clean up the speedy dry. The caution laps did count and we lost over 10 laps of racing. Justin lined up p. 15 for the re-start. The second half saw Justin beginning to move forward with some hard side by side battles when the second caution flag flew. Still mid-pack at this point when at about lap 145 a lap car in front of us in the outside lane blew a motor. Huge plume of white smoke and oil in front of Justin’s car. He was able to maintain control of the car without hitting the wall and recovering to continue on only losing a couple spots. The caution came out a couple laps later for the oil setting up 3 laps to the finish. These last 3 laps were some very close hard racing with Justin crossing the finish line p. 14.
The next and final race of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge Series will be Saturday, 9/13.
Saturday, August 16, was the 8th Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge Series race at Hickory Motor Speedway. It had been 7 weeks since Justin’s last race. There were 18 Late Models entered for the 100-lap event. After a driver error on the second lap in qualifying, Justin started p. 10.
It was a race with Justin having some excellent side-by-side battles for position. There were two caution flags. Justin had a good run going towards the end but a slower car in his outside line took away the momentum. Justin crossed the finish line in p. 7, this being the fifth Top 10 finish this season.
During the autograph session, Justin handed out the Activity Booklets “Stay on Track with Justin Bolton” for ages 3-10 to keep the kids excited about learning and interested in racing. The next race will be Saturday, August 30.