Hardcore Motorsports Perseveres In Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (June 13, 2006) - - If anyone knew what Hardcore Motorsports went through last weekend at Pocono International Raceway, they realized their solid top-twenty finish was a small victory for...
Hardcore Motorsports Perseveres In Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (June 13, 2006) - - If anyone knew what Hardcore Motorsports went through last weekend at Pocono International Raceway, they realized their solid top-twenty finish was a small victory for them.
The team had announced an affiliation with veteran driver Mike Harmon earlier in the week to guide the Michigan-based team in a new and positive direction. Unloading what was expected to be a fast and stout racecar, the car was never able to show it's full potential as fluids seeped underneath the No. 08 machine causing driver Jason Hedlesky to lose control of his car and hit the wall.
Obviously, not the way that any team would like to begin their weekend, but with their "Hardcore Never Give Up" attitude in place, the team quickly with the aid of Harmon began preparation of their backup car for Saturday's race.
Hardcore Motorsports' back up machine was Mike Harmon's secondary car for Pocono. Hardcore had another car sitting in their hauler, but they wanted to save it for this week's important race at Michigan. With the team using Harmon's car, Hardcore returned the favor when the No. 38 Bert Oostlander Racing Chevrolet lost a motor in the first practice session. Hardcore donated their engine from their wrecked machine to the No. 38 team showing the true meaning of team work.
It was thanks to the Joe Rhyne motor that Harmon was able to compete competitively including running in the top-five before overheating gremlins ruined his race and forced an unsatisfying 31st place finish.
The team worked fiercely preparing the backup No. 08 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Even though the team was unable to make a qualifying attempt, they would start the ARCA 200 from the 35th position thanks to their 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series owner points.
With no practice time in their back-up car, the team was looking at one goal, finish the race.J Starting deep in the field, Hedlesky had a long way to go to march up through the field with 80 laps to do so. At the start of the race, Hedlesky was conservative, minded his own business gathering seat time in the No. 08 to pick up the valuable and precious points for the season-end championship chase.
Though never a major factor for the caution-filled event, Hedlesky played his cards right, overcoming brakes issues and collecting a quiet but respectable 19th place finish completing 86 of the 88 extended markers.
In addition to running the full ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Hardcore Motorsports also backs ARCA's Safety Initiative Program. The Hardcore Motorsports Safety Initiative Program is devoted to keeping the drivers, crews and fans safe at all the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2006 and beyond. The program has already made a massive difference thus far with the season still young with further improvements to be made later this season.
Next up for Hardcore Motorsports and the rest of the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the Hantz Group 200, the first of two events from Michigan International Speedway this season. It's a huge race for the entire team as they are all based from the Great Lakes state and look to put their No. 08 on top in Friday's race.