Vision Racing St. Louis race report

Vaught; Vision Racing Can't Shake Bad Luck In Gateway MADISON, Ill. (August 3, 2006) - - Vision Racing can't seem to shake their luck. Literally. After a rough finish in their debut together at Kansas Speedway, Vision Racing and rookie driver...

Vaught; Vision Racing Can't Shake Bad Luck In Gateway

MADISON, Ill. (August 3, 2006) - - Vision Racing can't seem to shake their luck. Literally.

After a rough finish in their debut together at Kansas Speedway, Vision Racing and rookie driver Will Vaught bolted into Gateway International Raceway looking for a turnaround in their second appearance together.

In the first practice session of the day, Vaught only maneuvered the 35th fastest lap with a time of 36.452 seconds or 123.450 mph. It wasn't what the team was expecting, but vowed to make the necessary adjustments to correct the handling of his racecar and put a competitive lap that would put the No. 37 Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the field.

In time trials, Vaught picked up the pace considerably. During his attempt, Vaught maneuvered a time of 35.299 seconds equaling a speed of 127.482 mph good enough for 28th on the starting grid.

"We picked up over a second from practice to qualifying and that's great for Vision Racing," said the rookie driver following his qualifying lap. "We struggled in practice a little bit. It's a new track for me so I was as green as the flag at the start of the day. We've worked on the handling of our Primeaux Kia Chevrolet and we improved it. We didn't have a good finish at Kansas, hopefully we can rebound tonight."

During the race, Vaught and Vision Racing began a steady march towards the front. While making his march towards the top-15, Vaught was racing with another competitor when the other car squeezed the Missouri native into the outside wall. The contact with the wall bent the exhaust immediately forcing overheating problems on the No. 37 Chevrolet. Vaught brought his car to the attention of his crew. Unfortunately, the damage was done and the team was unable to correct the problem sending Vaught behind the wall and loading up with a discouraged 34th place finish.

"This isn't what we wanted tonight," said Vaught after the race. "We had a great car. I mean the car was good and we were competitive and I just got bumped out of this race. I just can't believe we can't catch a break. Vision Racing has gone through enough this year, I would have liked to brought home a solid finish for the team and it didn't happen. I'm sorry for that, but I'm really proud of the crew, they gave me something I was proud to drive."

Car Owner and Crew Chief Adrian Berryhill echoed his young driver's statements. "Ever since Daytona, we can't get the breaks. We've had nothing but bad luck and we've got too good of a team to have this happen to us. Will did a great job for the team tonight; it was something out of control and in racing that happens. We can correct the damage and that's the good thing. I'm just disappointed for Primeaux Kia and all of our sponsors who were expecting a good run on Friday night. If the incident wouldn't have happened, I'm really confident Will would have put our car into the top-15."

Vision Racing with Roy Clark would like to thank Primeaux Kia, Wiley Law Office and Branson Craft Mall who all served as sponsors on the No. 37 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the double-header weekend with the NASCAR Busch Series last Friday.

"I would like to thank my sponsors for sticking by me," explained the mature rookie. "We've having a couple of tough races, but we will get our luck turned around. Vision Racing has proved they can be competitive in the ARCA Series and we will return to that form, that's a promise!"

The team will look to rebound in their next ARCA race at Nashville Superspeedway a week from Saturday.

-visionracingteam.com

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