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.
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.
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.