Gaylord advanced the most positions at Stockton - starting 16th and finishing 10th. His 7th top ten this year. Gaylord remains forth in the championship standings We started the weekend out with a starter failing, so everytime the car went out...
Gaylord advanced the most positions at Stockton - starting 16th and finishing 10th. His 7th top ten this year.
Gaylord remains forth in the championship standings
We started the weekend out with a starter failing, so everytime the car went out the crew had to give it a push start to get it going untill time allowed us to replace it before the race. Since we were not one of the many teams to test we found ourselves a little behind in the practice sessions, never really got things going the right dirrection, the car was never very good, so before qualifying along with the starter to replace we decided to change some major suspension components and change the entire set up. Lots of work.
During qualifying something went wrong with the motor, we had a terrible miss which was reflected in our 16th place possition. Upon inspection of the car after qualifying which was under constant supervision of NASCAR since all the cars were in impound for the race, we found a broken rocker arm a major problem.
Our "engine guy" Brian Loyd and engine builder Dave Capriotti who was still in Colorado discused several options, one of them being to run the race on only 7 cylinders. Not the type of team to roll over real easy Brian and crew member Scott Akers went for it, and got us back running on 8 just before it was time to grid the car.
Scott didn't know what the race would bring, none of knew how the car would handle or if the motor would last the entire 200 laps. We were all pleasantly surprised when Scott started picking off cars one at a time unitl he was in 7th place by the half way break.
Now looking forward to the second half of the event, Scott continued to move up through the field. Working his way as high as 5th. Sounds pretty good, I know, but we all know racing, right?
Just three laps from the end when the #3 , #00, and the #9 car were all battling nose to tail, as the pack went around a lapped car, YES many laps down, the #09 hit Scott and put him into the turn 4 wall. Scott got the car fired back up and was able to move back into the racing line but not before loosing a lap and falling to 10th place.
"I'm really dissapointed for the crew, they all worked so hard this weekend when we were short handed to begin with, we overcame so much and to have a lapped car that isn't running in the points race take us out of it just doesn't make sence. I wish some of these other drivers would sit down and consider the cost of their actions to teams running for a championship" Scott said, but now looking forward to Salt Lake where we sat on the pole and led the most laps last year.
IF WE CAN GET OUR CAR READY, see you there.
The next event on the Winston West Series schedule is the NAPA 200 at Rocky Mountain Raceways near Salt Lake City, Utah, on Aug. 30.