Ryan Crane Makes it Two Top Tens in Two ARCA Starts Panama City, FL 6/16/09- This weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Racing for Wildlife 200 at the two mile Michigan International Speedway marked a lot of firsts for twenty five year old Florida racer Ryan...
Ryan Crane Makes it Two Top Tens in Two ARCA Starts
Panama City, FL 6/16/09- This weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Racing for Wildlife 200 at the two mile Michigan International Speedway marked a lot of firsts for twenty five year old Florida racer Ryan Crane. It was his first time on a track over 1.5 miles in length and his first in a car that produced speeds well over 180 mph. One would have never known such at day's end as Crane brought home his #51 Phoenix Construction Dodge seventh in just his second series start.
After Thursday's qualifying and practice session got washed out due to heavy rains, Crane was forced to a twenty ninth place starting position and only fifty minutes of practice race day morning to get accustomed to the two mile track and his James Finch owned race car. After quickly getting used to the track, Ryan posted the fourteenth quickest time during the abbreviated session.
From the drop of the green flag Crane had his work cut out for him coming from the rear of the field. Crane and fellow short track racer Brian Ickler worked in tandem slicing their way through the forty one car field. Early on, Crane did an excellent job dodging an accordion style restart which saw several cars stack up and spin just missing the #51 machine.
"We had a pretty decent day I thought; each lap I was learning something new and learning on communicating with the team on what the car needed to make it faster. Just not having that extra practice on Thursday hurt us a bit and it pretty much took three quarters of the race to get the car where I needed it to be to get up on the wheel. It's just a learning experience for me each and every time I hit the track in one of these cars and I can't thank James Finch enough for giving me this opportunity because without him there's no way I would be here right now," said Crane.
Next up for Ryan will actually come at a speedway the Florida native has competed on, the Kentucky Speedway for the Click It or Ticket Kentucky 150 on Saturday July 18th.