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.
09/22/2012 — Saturday we raced at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. Lots of racing history at Hickory and Saturday saw 27 Legend car drivers show up for this race. This was the first time for Justin at Hickory . With only two practice sessions, Justin qualified p3 out of the 27 cars with a 17.366. After qualifying, the track decided to split the divisions for the features. Semi-Pro/Young Lions feature was first with a field of 18 cars. Justin started p3. The race went green for the first 17 laps with Justin losing one spot. He started p4 for the re-start and finished a strong 4th place overall and a 3rd place in the Semi-Pro division.
09/21/2012 — Traveled down to Anderson Motor Speedway in SC on Friday, 09/21. Justin had a good handling car for the night. Started the feature in p5 out of 21 cars. Justin was able to move up to p2 by lap 9. Unfortunately, #83 decided to hit Justin out of the way rather than race him for the position. Justin spun and had to start in the rear of the field. With over half the race complete, Justin was still able to race up through the field to finish 8th overall. Tough night but Justin showed again he can stay focused and gain as many spots as possible coming to the checkered flag.
The weather was perfect this past Saturday at Caraway Speedway in NC. Thirteen Legend car drivers chose Caraway for their Saturday night racing. Justin had a good handling car, but couldn’t quite find the same speed we had in practice last week. The #99 qualified fourth quickest but had to start the feature race in the sixth position due to the fact we won the last time at the track. At the start of the feature Keven Wood and Austin Thompson pulled away. Justin battled J. Osborne, Austin Osborne, and Adam Burton for most of the race. These four drivers were inches apart and ran a caution-free race. On lap 18 Justin had the third position but contact from behind resulted in Justin falling back to p6. He was able to stay in it and came across the finish line side by side with Austin Osborne with Justin taking 5th overall and 2nd in the Semi-Pro division. A solid finish and a good night of racing with everyone at DSR.
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.
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.
This past weekend we traveled down south to race at Anderson Motor Speedway, Caraway Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Anderson Motor Speedway — A National Qualifier race was held on Friday, July 20, at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina . There was a lot of good competition. Dan Snyder Racing had the #99 Legend car dialed in perfect. Justin started the feature in the 7th position and was able to quickly get to the front. Once out front, Justin gained a significant lead on the field and led the race until the last 5 laps when there was a caution. On the restart Justin was able to stay out front and lead the field until another caution came out. Again, Justin was able to stay out front until yet another caution. This extended the race and they had to run a green, white, checker. On the last turn of the last lap of the race, Justin and the second place car made contact and both cars spun allowing the rest of the field to get by. This was the second National Qualifier that ended in disappointment for Justin; the first being at Lake Erie Speedway when the engine blew towards the end of the race. We will try again for another National Qualifier at Legendstock in New York in a couple of weeks.
Caraway Speedway — Race was called due to weather on Saturday, July 21.
Charlotte Motor Speedway — On Tuesday, July 24, was Round 6 of the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout. After having to take a few weeks off from the Shootout for financial reasons, Justin was ready to be back. Dan Snyder Racing worked at getting the car set during practice on Monday. The #99 ran all of the practices in the top 10. On Tuesday, Justin finished 4th in the heat putting him in the 7th starting position for the feature race. The race ran green for the first 8 laps allowing Justin to move up to the 4th position. After the first caution during the “choose,” the cars in front of Justin all chose the inside line. This gave Justin the perfect opportunity to get to the front by choosing the outside line for the restart. It was a great restart with Justin running second when a driver three cars back decided to push the car in front of him into the turn spinning that car into the car behind Justin who then hit Justin’s car spinning the #99 to the infield. There were a good many number of cars spun during this caution. Justin had minimum damage and was able to continue but had to start in the rear of the field. With only 10 laps remaining in the race, Justin made a very wise decision to ride around in the back to protect the car from any more damage. Justin finished the race in position 18 and, more importantly, finished with a car in one piece ready to try again next week for Round 7.
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.