Peter Petropoulos Lanier notes 2004-03-28

Petropoulos Recovers From Incident To Finish 12th in First Race of Season Gainesville, GA - - Veteran late model driver Peter Petropoulos overcame a lot of adversity and was pumped by determination to light the field on fire for his first late...

Petropoulos Recovers From Incident To Finish 12th in First Race of Season

Gainesville, GA - - Veteran late model driver Peter Petropoulos overcame a lot of adversity and was pumped by determination to light the field on fire for his first late model event of the season last night from Lanier Speedway.

Petropoulos blew the competition away in preseason testing, leaving the team with high hopes for a good competitive car when they unloaded. The driver of the No. 28 Battle Paint and Drywall machine qualified ninth in his first of a limited schedule at one of the toughest tracks he competes on.

A mechanical failure following time trials explained the disappointing starting position, and the crew quickly went to work to correct the problem.

When the green flag flew, the No. 28 was a rocket. Maneuvering his way to the front, Petropoulos used patience and guidance fighting his way towards the front. In the process of making his way towards the front, Peter found trouble as the No. 49 machine lost control, and collected the Victory Junction Gang machine causing damage to the front end of the car.

The ZR Motorsports went to work quickly to repair the problems, while keeping a frustrated young driver thinking clearing. The series returned to green with Petropoulos 28th.

In the remaining laps possible, the former late model champion eyed and bid his way towards the front and when the checkered flag was drawn, the Georgia native was credited with a solid 12th place finish.

"It could have been a lot worse," said the driver of car No. 28 following the event. "I really hate what happened with the No. 49 car, we both had strong cars, it's just one of those racing things. The guys did a good job and repaired the car as best as possible, and we worked our way into the top-12 it could have been a lot worse."

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