Learning Experience Part Of Tough WeekendFor Vision Racing At Kansas Kansas City, Kansas (Wednesday, July 5 2006) - - Saturday's 30th place finish for Vision Racing with Roy Clark and rookie driver Will Vaught wasn't what they anticipated in...
Learning Experience Part Of Tough WeekendFor Vision Racing At Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas (Wednesday, July 5 2006) - - Saturday's 30th place finish for Vision Racing with Roy Clark and rookie driver Will Vaught wasn't what they anticipated in their hometown event at Kansas Speedway. The team rolled into the 1.5-mile speed plant with a new car, new logo and new attitude looking to bounce back from a disappointing season for the nearby Oklahoma based team.
Heading into the first practice session of the day, Vision Racing with Roy Clark wanted to put their Chevrolet Monte Carlo purchased from the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. stables upfront and allow their rookie driver to garnish the seat time he needed immensely in preparation for his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut.
During the session, Vaught turned a quick lap time of 33.305 seconds at 162.138 MPH good enough for 21st on the board. However, Vaught's solid performance was overshadowed following an incident where Vaught lost control of his machine after sliding into some fluid on the racetrack and slamming his No. 37 Primeaux KIA into the wall. Vaught brought the car back to the attention of his team, but the damage was too severe to repair in time for the day's activities.
With no back-up car available, Vision Racing with Roy Clark quickly searched for a solution to their misfortunate. The No. 13 normally driven by Johnny Leonard was away from the track due to previous commitments turning his wheel over to Jack/Cole, Inc. manager Mark Gibson. A deal was struck between Leonard, Gibson and Vision Racing to put Vaught behind the No. 13 for the remainder of the weekend.
Vaught quickly hopped into the No. 13 in time for the second practice session. During the session, Vaught ran a clean session (34.191 seconds, 157.936 mph) putting him 27th on the practice sheets. J Switching over to the No. 13 locked Vaught into the starting grid, but that didn't matter. The team quickly went to work putting their numerous sponsors and supporters on the No. 13 Chevrolet Monte Carlo preparing for the Kansas Lottery $200 Grand qualifying session.
During time trials, Vaught, a promising late model driver from Missouri region maneuvered the 31st fastest time at 34.568 seconds equaling a speed of 156.214 mph, putting him into the starting grid on time. "After everything we went through today, we're glad to be in the show," said the rookie late Friday. "I really appreciate the Vision Racing with Roy Clark team and especially Johnny Leonard and Mark Gibson for their efforts to make this weekend possible not only for our team but our sponsors and supporters as well."
With Vaught and the team secured in the field, there were still adjustments to be made to the No. 13. The team opted early Saturday morning to pull the original motor from the No. 13 and put the Vision Racing's team motor hoping for bigger results during the race.
The "unapproved" adjustment would force Vaught to give up his 31st place qualifying position and drop to the rear of the field for the start of the ninth event on the 2006 schedule. Before Vaught took the green flag, car owner Adrian Berryhill reminded his rookie driver to be patient and get a good finish.
At the start of the race, things didn't go as planned. A flat tire on the No. 13 forced Vaught to bring the car to attention of his crew putting him behind the eight-ball early. Luckily the team was able to correct the problem and return Vaught to action.
Despite falling off the lead lap, Vaught kept his cool and used the race to get seat time and proved he belong racing with the rest of his competition. Vaught impressed many on his team turning respectable lap times until an incident on lap 65 put him out of the race.
Heading into turn one Vaught was racing with ARCA veteran Brent Sherman when the No. 04 of Sherman made slight contact with the rear of Vaught's machine sending him into the wall and out of the event. While Frank Kimmel produced his second win of the season, Vaught and the Vision Racing team suffered a disappointing 30th place finish.
"This wasn't what I was looking for in my ARCA debut," explained Vaught following the accident. "I really hate it for everyone involved. Johnny (Leonard and Mark (Gibson) don't deserve a wrecked racecar. I'm sorry for that. We were running really well. We had some misfortunate at the start of the race, but we bounced back from it. I felt like I got hit from behind from Brent and I couldn't hang on to it. It's a bad situation. No one on this race team nor our sponsors deserves the kind of weekend we experienced. We'll put this weekend behind us and look for a better showing at Gateway later this month."
Car owner Adrian Berryhill stated, "We appreciate everyone's hard work this past weekend at Kansas. We didn't have the results we were expecting from start to finish the entire week. Sometimes that's the way it turns out. There is nothing we can do about it. Will Vaught is the team's driver and we are confident in him. We just had a rough start. I sincerely appreciate the efforts by Johnny Leonard, Mark Gibson and his crew to make our weekend possible. Our season will change around; we just need to shake this monkey that we have on our back. Once we do that everything will be just fine."
Vision Racing with Roy Clark would like to thank Primeaux Kia, Wiley Law Office, Red Rocket Fireworks and Branson Craft Mall who all served as sponsors on the No. 37 and No. 13 Chevrolet Monte Carlos for the double-header event with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series last Saturday.
Next up for the Vision Racing with Roy Clark is the Shop 'n Save 150 from Gateway International Raceway on Friday, July 28th.