Unusual Race Ends Early For Andy Hanson; Win-Tron Racing TOLEDO, Ohio (October 16, 2008) - - Andy Hanson returned with Win-Tron Racing this past weekend at Toledo Speedway looking to rekindle their success at the legendary half-mile oval from...
Unusual Race Ends Early For Andy Hanson; Win-Tron Racing
TOLEDO, Ohio (October 16, 2008) - - Andy Hanson returned with Win-Tron Racing this past weekend at Toledo Speedway looking to rekindle their success at the legendary half-mile oval from May. Unfortunately, Hanson would be apart of a season finale which was filled with chaos and yellow flag fever which eventually relegated the team to a 28th place finish in Sunday's Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care.
Armed with the same piece that he made his ARCA RE/MAX Series with this past spring, Hanson and the Mike Chaffee-led Win-Tron Racing team was looking forward to the short practice session of the weekend.
During practice, Hanson maneuvered the 17th fastest lap after posting a time of 16.624 seconds at 108.77 miles per hour. "Our car is a lot stronger than our time," sounded Hanson, a veteran in the American Speed Association (ASA) Late Model Series. The Win-Tron Racing bunch has given me a great racecar and we'll pick up the pace in qualifying and look toward a good run in the race."
In ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying, Hanson whipped his No. 32 Dodge Charger around the half-mile oval in 16.352 seconds or 110.078 miles per hour. The effort was a little over two-tenths of a second quicker than his fastest lap in practice a few hours earlier.
"We had a close call on the second lap, I almost got into the wall," said Hanson. "I really was hoping for another pole run, but we'll take what we have and look towards the big picture; race day. I think we have a good stable racecar for the race."
At the start of the 21st event of the season, Hanson wasted no time moving through the field. With the yellow flags starting early, Hanson was unable to blister through the field like he wanted but patience equaled success as by lap 25 Hanson had maneuvered his Kevin Cywinski-owned machine into the top-10.
Hanson would continue racing in the top-10 until havoc broke loose ahead of him. In the most recent caution following the lap 34 incident, point contenders Ricky Stenhouse, Jr and Scott Speed made contact with the No. 2 of Speed slapping the turn three wall. With Speed back on the track, he took a direct shot at the No. 99 as a sign of retaliation on lap 34 when the spinning No. 2 of Speed coming into the direct path of the No. 32 of Hanson. Hanson would make light contact with the No. 2 erasing very good track position.
Driving away from the incident, Hanson came to pit road where the team pulled the fenders and sent their driver back into competition. Down but not out, the 19-year old driver refocused with his eyes set on getting back to the front.
Muscling his Long Haul Trucking- Auto Repair Service Dodge back through the field, Hanson appeared to have made up the entire ground he lost earlier in the race only to be a victim of an on-track incident with two other competitors who shoved the No. 32 Dodge into the frontstretch wall hard. The damage was too severe to continue forcing the team to end their 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season early completing only 90 of the scheduled 200 laps.
"It's a shame," said Hanson after the event. "We had a good car. We were an innocent victim in the early race deal with Scott Speed and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. We recovered from that and I really thought our trouble was over for the day, then two cars ahead got together and the track closed pretty quick and I had no where to go. It looked like we were going to escape on the high side but we got crushed by another car. I feel bad for the Win-Tron Racing team. They gave me a job to do and I really thought we were on track to capitalize on our performance in May. I'm extremely appreciative of Win-Tron Racing for the opportunity to drive once again at Toledo and a big thanks to Long Haul Trucking and Auto Repair Service for coming onboard and sponsoring the car in my second ARCA race."
Hanson's plans for the 2009 racing season have not been finalized but Ramsey, Minnesota native would like to return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series in some capacity.
"I'm working hard on putting something together for next year," Hanson explained. "Win-Tron Racing is a great operation with strong personnel. We have shown everyone that we have what it takes to be contender, hopefully we'll find the sponsorship dollars to do it on a more frequent basis next year."
Nate Thiesse of Win-Tron Racing offered, "We're proud of Andy Hanson efforts at Toledo. He did a great job for us despite the circumstances. He just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time in both incidents. We're working real hard to put Andy back in the car in some capacity next year."
Thiesse added, "We were hoping to end the year in victory lane. We had some highs and lows this year but we've continued to prove that this team can run up front. The downtime will allow us to prepare for the 2009 season with the intent to make a stab at the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship."
With the ARCA RE/MAX Season complete, Win-Tron Racing finished 15th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series owner's standings accumulating 3,945 points. The team captured five top-10 finishes and two poles in 21 events this year. James Buescher, Dominick Casola, Andy Hanson, Matt Merrell, Bradley Riethmeyer and Chris Wimmer split the driving duties on the No. 32 Dodge this season.
Next up for Win-Tron Racing will be the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Awards Banquet set for Saturday, December 6, 2008 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. Following the banquet, Win-Tron Racing will prepare for a three-day test at Daytona International Speedway (December 19, 20 and 21) in preparation for the 2009 season opener for the ARCA RE/MAX Series next February.