Mixed Emotions for Slednecks Racers, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca July 22, 2008- Monterey California- Slednecks racers, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster experienced mixed emotions during this weekend's AMA Supersport...
Mixed Emotions for Slednecks Racers, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca
July 22, 2008- Monterey California- Slednecks racers, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster experienced mixed emotions during this weekend's AMA Supersport Race that took place during the Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
With an extremely shortened schedule, the two California Superbike School coaches took to the track for one early morning practice on Friday and then, under completely different riding conditions, had 25 minutes to qualify later on in the afternoon.
Unfortunately for Hurst, she just missed the qualifying cut off time after Ben Bostrom lay down a smoking fast lap time of 1:26.2, while Galster qualified 27th with a time of 1:32.4
"I was so disappointed that I didn't make the cut." Said Hurst after the qualifying session. "This was a big race and I was excited to be here during the Grand Prix weekend. I felt like I let everyone down. I just found it tough with so little practice time to get everything sorted out in time."
Hurst wants to thank her sponsors, friends and fans that supported her during the weekend and Keith Code for spending some valuable time coaching her on areas of the track that needed improvement. "I went faster in qualifying after working with Keith and coming up with a plan for areas that I was struggling with." Said Hurst. "It just wasn't fast enough. I'll make it up at the next race weekend in Mid Ohio. I'll do well there!"
Galster, who also found it difficult to get up to pace in qualifying with so little practice time, dropped seconds off his best time in the race to finish 21st, 6 places up from where he started.
After getting a decent start he hung with the pack for a few laps before settling into a groove alone. With no one to race with his times remained consistent in the 1:31's until Chaz Davies passed him after crashing off the start, then Galster time dropped down to his best of the race, a 1:29.9 a whopping 2.5 seconds faster than his qualifying time.
"When Chaz went by, he sucked me into turn two faster than I had gone before and I tried to stay with him for a while. It was awesome!" Said Galster. "Overall it was a fun race, my first at this track and I'm happy with my finish. I'd like to thank all my sponsors, as well as John Parker, Michael Pesicka, Adam Fetter and Deb Barton for their help at the track this weekend."
See Misti and Josh race next in both the AMA Supersport and Formula Extreme classes at Mid Ohio, August 1-3