It had been 7 very long weeks since Justin’s last race at Hickory Motor Speedway. It did not keep Justin away from the track, though. August 16 Justin moved to NC to attend UNCC. Now living in NC, Justin is able to get to a race track every weekend whether it is to watch or whether it is to help out Lee Faulk Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway.
The weather was perfect and Justin was ready to be back in the #15 Limited Late Model. Justin was here to go for another win. Practice was great, the car felt good and Justin was back in the groove immediately upon jumping into the #15 car.
Saturday saw a good field of 15 Limited Late Model cars at Hickory Motor Speedway. This race was a double points race for the Limiteds due to a rain out a few weeks ago.
Saturday also brought some unwelcome conditions. Tires were not as good as we would have liked, but Lee and Michael and the Lee Faulk Racing pit crew gave it 110% to get Justin a car in which he could compete.
Justin qualified with a 16.008 which put him lining up in position 4 for the race. The current points leaders at Hickory, Shane Lee and Landon Huffman, were also there for the win and not holding anything back starting in the 1st and 3rd positions. With double points on the line, this was an important race for these two drivers. It was just as important for Justin to run well as he only had funding for 5 regular season races this year.
The 35-lap feature started with the top 4 cars, Lee, Huffman, Bralley and Justin, breaking away from the rest of the field by a car length. Justin and Josh Bralley fought side by side for a few laps for the 3rd position. Once Justin took p. 3, he concentrated on running down Huffman for 2nd. The leader #00 Shane Lee cleared the first lap car. Right as Justin cleared the lap car and had caught up to 2nd place, the first yellow came out on lap 16.
First restart with Justin starting p. 3, would see Lee and Huffman battling side by side and Justin and Pierce side by side. By lap 18 Justin had held onto p. 3 and had caught up to Shane Lee. It was Huffman, Lee and Justin running single file with about a 3 car length lead on the rest of the field.
Lap 23 saw the second caution. Re-starting p. 3 it was a side by side battle with Shane Lee. Right as Justin was passing Lee for 2nd, there was another yellow flag. After a lengthy cleanup, the track would set the field with Justin in p. 3 for the re-start so Justin would need to battle again for the second spot.
Shane Lee and Justin battled hard again side by side. Justin claimed 2nd after about 4 1/2 laps but this had given Huffman a good 4 car length lead. Justin made up some ground on the leader in the closing laps but ran out of time before crossing the finish line in 2nd.
Justin did an amazing job, in only his 5th race in a Limited Late Model, keeping the car up front and battling with the points leaders at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Justin, like every driver that gets in a race car, wants the win. Justin also wants to be able to race with the best drivers when he enters a track. Lee Faulk Racing has made that possible this season by giving Justin a winning car capable of running up front each of these 5 races we were able to run this year.
Justin clearly gives it his all every time he gets in the #15 for Lee Faulk Racing, as you can see from the results:
May 11 6th
June 8 1st
June 29 4th
July 20 4th
Sept. 7 2nd
Justin is consistent and had we been able to fund a full season, Justin would clearly be battling for a top spot in the points standings.
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