Triple-feature race weekend for the Frisselle brothers (Lynchburg, VA) 9 May 2007- Burt and Brian Frisselle had a busy weekend in Virginia last week, racing a double header feature in the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Series at Motor Mile Speedway...
Triple-feature race weekend for the Frisselle brothers
(Lynchburg, VA) 9 May 2007- Burt and Brian Frisselle had a busy weekend in Virginia last week, racing a double header feature in the NASCAR Whelen Late Model Series at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford on Saturday night before completely switching gears to race Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex Sports Car Series race Sunday afternoon at Virginia International Raceway in Alton.
Despite the hectic weekend schedule, the young racing brothers had strong runs on both the .4-mile long oval as well as on the 3.27-mile road course at VIR. After qualifying for the Rolex race on Saturday, Burt and Brian hopped on a private flight from the Danville Regional airport to the small airport in Dublin to make it to the Motor Mile in time for qualifying.
The Frisselles have been racing in the Rolex Series for a few years now, but they are just getting started in their oval careers with only one start each before this weekend. Their NASCAR debut got off on the right foot on Saturday, April 21st, with Burt scoring tenth and Brian taking thirteenth.
This weekend, the young brothers backed up that debut performance with results that defied their experience levels as they took on their first double-feature race weekend. In the first race Burt took an unlucky thirteenth after learning a tough lesson about restarts, but then put that lesson and many others to use as he took seventh in the second race.
Brian took tenth in the first race, and looked to be heading to a bad result in the second seventy-five lap feature when he was spun early in the race. Even though the field of nearly thirty late-model racers is remarkably close-matched, Brian managed to charge all the way back up to take tenth at the finish. The two are both inside the top-ten in championship standings for the season championship.
"I thought my race was over when I got turned," said Brian. "But I was able to keep working my way up. I think that's even more important than where I finished--just learning how to make these passes work and how to set someone up and how to trust your spotter--there is so much that's all new for us to learn, but I'm just really excited about the start we've got going and the opportunity we have racing with Stacy Compton's team."
On Sunday, the Frisselles racey weekend changed gears as they moved from the Late Model stock cars into the exotic rear-engined Daytona Prototypes. But both Burt and Brian had no problem hopping in and doing what they'd been doing all weekend--going quickly.
Burt ran in the top three during his opening stint in the Michael Shank Racing Daytona Prototype before taking his third top-five in the last four Rolex races he has run.
"It was a busy weekend but also a really good one, to be competitive in such different types of cars in such different environments is really good for my confidence as a driver and just keeps fueling me on to do more," said Burt. "It was great to be racing with Mike Shank again, it felt a lot like home. Now I am excited to get back into the AIM car that I raced against all day today and drive it at Laguna Seca."
Brian finished fourteenth after the pit strategy Aim Autosport employed was fouled when a problem with the refueling rig forced the Canadian-based team to take an untimely pit stop after the car had run in the lead pack for much of the race.
Next NASCAR EVENT:
June 2nd, Motor Mile Speedway Twin 75's
Next Rolex Sports Car Series race:
May 20, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca