Kentucky II: Alex Yontz race report

Two Top-Five Finishes Makes For Big Weekend For Alex Yontz North Carolina Youngster Takes RCR Ride To Top-Five In ARCA At Kentucky WALNUT COVE, NC (July 2, 2007) -- Alex Yontz had a big plans this past weekend. Not only was he getting ready...

Two Top-Five Finishes Makes For Big Weekend For Alex Yontz
North Carolina Youngster Takes RCR Ride To Top-Five In ARCA At Kentucky

WALNUT COVE, NC (July 2, 2007) -- Alex Yontz had a big plans this past weekend. Not only was he getting ready to make his second ARCA RE/MAX Series start of the season, he was also planning a car trip from the site of Friday's ARCA event, Kentucky Speedway, back to South Carolina, where he'd compete in the UARA Late Model Stock Car event at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Maybe Yontz should plan for big weekends more often. In a season that has been filled with tough luck for Yontz, he came away with a fourth-place finish in the ARCA event at Kentucky, then followed that up with a third-place run in the UARA event at Dillon.

"Man, we have had a great weekend," said Yontz. "I can't thank these guys enough. We drove all the way last night from Kentucky to get here and got here barely in enough time for the driver's meeting. It has been fun though and a great experience by far."

At Kentucky, Yontz qualified ninth driving the #31 out of the Richard Childress Racing stables. For much of the night, Yontz kept his car up front, making a late-race charge toward the top-10. In the final lap, Yontz was able to pass Evernham Motorsports driver Erin Crocker for fourth.

"It was a good day," said Yontz. "We were in the top 10 all day in practice speeds and we qualified ninth. We had the pole there for a while, but a cloud cover came in; you know how that goes.

"We had a good run come race time.  We were running top five or top
six all day long.  We had great pit stops and everything went our way.
It was a lot of fun and a great experience.  We got with Erin Crocker
there and tried to hunt her down.  We passed her coming up off four
coming to the checkered flag.  I beat her by about a car length.

"The closing speed in ARCA is unbelievable. You have to be looking ahead and your spotter has to be on his game, letting you know where the slower cars are so you can start planning on where you are going to pick them off. If not, it's such a competitive series that they will just pull by you and you won't ever gain the time back that you lose."

After Kentucky, Yontz and a few of his team members jumped in a car and made the 617-mile trip from Sparta, Kentucky to Dillon, South Carolina. Once he got there, Yontz practiced his #55 in the top-two all afternoon long, then qualified in the 10th position.

"Going out early killed us," added Yontz. "The track seemed to pick up a lot as each car went out."

Once the green flag dropped, Yontz started moving toward the front.

"This place (Dillon) here doesn't have two grooves, it barely has one. It is a tough place to get around. Me and the #53 car (Lee Tissot) hooked up and just picked them off one at a time. Before we knew it, we were running fourth and fifth, then second and third. We had a pretty good car there at the end.

"All in all we had a good night. I cannot complain about a third place. That is about all the car we had. With running fourth last night and third tonight I cannot ask for anything else."

Yontz liked racing at Dillon, which was a new track for the UARA series. Just a couple of weeks ago, Yontz picked up the UARA win at Ace Speedway in North Carolina, another new track for the series. Yontz seems to excel at the new tracks.

"Turns one and two is pretty usual, but man, three and four is completely opposite. That made this place tough, but fun. If you get in good you aren't going to get off good. If you get off good you aren't going to get in good. It is kind of pick and choose.

"We have a week off then we go to Bristol with the UARA cars. I hope to keep the ball rolling there. It would be nice to get a win there especially as famous as that track is."

-credit: www.alexyontz.net

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Series ARCA
Drivers Erin Crocker