September 18-19, 2004 - New Berlin, NY. - The 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Pro Series came to an end this past weekend in New Berlin, NY at the Unadilla Off Road Raceway. The team arrived on Thursday Morning in Syracuse, NY. for a display at New Process Gear. The display was put on by the Track owners and the management at New Process Gear to generate more interest from the 3800 plus employees of the facility. Also on display were the teams of Carl Renezeder and The Baldwin Brothers. Kevin was the only driver on premises, so the 9 acre water retention area seemed safe to the President of New Process when Kevin asked him how much grass could he tear up. John said "all of it"! The short display of the horsepower and agility of a Pro 2 truck was a sight to see as all the people on hand were certainly impressed by the amount of grass that was missing. After signing a few hundred autograph cards following the demo, Kevin and the team loaded up the truck and moved on to the track about an hour and one half away in New Berlin.
The Weekend weather was looking bleak on Friday, as it started to rain Thursday night and never quit. The rains stopped Saturday morning, but not until over 7 inches had fallen. The track crew did a fantastic job getting the naturally hilly track in shape for the mornings practice. It was still very wet, and many teams chose not to practice. We did not as well.
The Pro 2 race was scheduled to start at 2:45 PM and even with the morning delays, the race went off on time. Kevin started 2nd row outside and after the first lap, was in 3rd right behind the Barlow and VandenHeuvel. As things sorted out, about the half way point, Evan Evans decided to push his way to the front, He spun Kevin and took the position, but Kevin lost 2 more putting him in 6th. Several more laps of pushing and the left rear axle broke from the contact with Evans and Kevin was out. End of Day for the Fabtech #99.
The Sunday race day started our well with a great practice. The gearing changes and other tuning changes made the truck very fast. Times were 1 second faster than any other truck in the session.
At race time, Kevin took the green from the 2nd row outside again. Making his way passed Hinman and Baldwin, Kevin was 3rd with Barlow first, and Renezeder 2nd. Before the lap was done, Kevin was taken out of the race by VandenHeuvel who got hit by Baldwin causing a big pile up. Kevin and VandenHeuvel were locked up and stayed there for 3 laps. When the 2 were unhooked, Kevin's truck had drive damage which caused him to park for the 2nd day in a row. Not a good weekend for the team.
The year end points still ended up Good with Kevin in 5th overall.
We plan to make many changes in the off season and do much testing and many displays. We are already looking forward to the 2005 season with much information to follow.
Thanks for all your support in 2004 and we will keep you updated a news becomes available.