Saturday, 4/26, was the third race of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge series at Hickory Motor Speedway. There were 21 late model cars entered for the 100-lap event.
Justin would start p. 14 for the feature. For the first lap the entire field was double file when the first caution came out for a car spinning on the backstretch during lap 2. Everyone stacked up but there didn’t appear to be any damage to Justin’s car. On the re-start Justin quickly gained 4 spots to p. 8 by lap 15.
The second caution came out on lap 22 when a car’s engine let go. The red flag was displayed to clean up the oil that was around the entire track. Justin’s car needed a push from the wrecker to get going once the red flag was lifted. Then again the same thing happened when the field stopped while they were single file under yellow clearing the speedy dry from the track.
The race would go green from lap 31 to the end. Justin was running p. 8 at Lap 40 when the car slipped out of gear as he was coming out of turn 2. Justin was able to recover, get the car back in gear and continue on but lost a full straightaway to the car running p. 7.
With the transmission problem, Justin had to hold the gear shift in place and drive with one hand for 60 laps. All this time driving with one hand, he was able to maintain the 8th spot and re-gain the full straightaway he had lost when the car slipped out of gear.
In three starts, Justin has two top 10’s. It is called the “Challenge Series” and we certainly have been challenged so far this season. The bad luck last week with the weight hitting the front end of the car prevented a top 10 finish. The transmission problem this race held us back from advancing. Hoping everything comes together soon and we can get the Lee Faulk Racing #15 late model up front. The next 100-lap race will be May 10.
Denver , NC – 2/10/14 – Justin Bolton had a very successful start to his career with Lee Faulk Racing. After the first six races in a stock car Justin had accumulated 2 wins along with 3 top 5 finishes and 1 top 10 finish, including a win in the coveted Fall Classic 100 at Hickory Motor Speedway in his last race of the season for 2013.
Bolton will make the move up to late model stock this year and compete for the ZLoop Big 10 championship at Hickory Motor Speedway. Justin who is already considered a “veteran” of the team after one short year will have a few new faces to learn. Not only will he have new teammates, Kate Dallenbach and Bret Holmes, but Bolton will be working with his new crew chief, Bobby Orr, as well.
Bobby Orr, the son of one of short tracks’ great – the late Pete Orr, will work full time with LFR this year specifically with Justin Bolton as crew chief and spotter.
“We have grown every year we have been in business and we felt like it was time to surround ourselves with more great people and talent. Bobby has been close to our family my whole life and I look at him as a brother. He will fit great with our system and knows a lot about these cars. He learned from one of the best, his dad. Bobby looks at this as more than a job but also something to be proud of and he takes pride in taking a part in building LFR better than ever. I know he’s going to give Justin 110% and I feel confident that they will be contending for wins this year as well. Justin showed last season he has the natural ability to win at this level and with his work ethic and focus there is no doubt in my mind he will be successful again this season. ” team manager Michael Faulk stated about the newly formed relationship.
Some people believe that running four late model teams is too much to handle; however, LFR has a much different outlook on this. Rather than a disadvantage, the team believes being able to simulate working team conditions similar to that of a cup team will only help the drivers prepare better for what is to come as they move up the NASCAR ladder.
“From the next level on drivers will be forced to work with teammates in multi-car team situations. We try to model our business plan after those of the super powers in the big 3 NASCAR series. There will most likely not be a situation for these drivers fortunate enough to make it where they are the only driver on the team competing for the same goal. We feel that we offer an opportunity for young drivers to learn what it takes to win a championship under the pressure of a multi-car team situation. As far as I know we are the only driver development team that is structured in this way, therefore I believe this is a big advantage that our program offers over any other that will allow them a seamless transition into the next level of their career as they will be more prepared for what is to come. “ Faulk said.
Bolton finished 2013 with a win and he looks to continue his success into this season as his first ZLoop 100 lap event is the first race of the season on March 8, 2014. Bolton will also compete in the annual Fall Brawl 150, which the team also won in 2012 with driver Pietro Fittipaldi.