Minter Learns Valuable Lessons at Devil's Bowl MESQUITE, TX (July 19) -- Sprint car racing 101 was in session Thursday at Devil's Bowl Speedway as Kathryne Minter raced against the world's best 360 sprint car racers in the 15th Annual ...
Minter Learns Valuable Lessons at Devil's Bowl
MESQUITE, TX (July 19) -- Sprint car racing 101 was in session Thursday at Devil's Bowl Speedway as Kathryne Minter raced against the world's best 360 sprint car racers in the 15th Annual American Sprint Car Series Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek.
Minter, who has only been racing for three years, competed against three-time defending ASCoT champion Gary Wright and 2000 ASCoT titleist Wayne Johnson in the Second Wesmar-Shaver Heat Race and held off Justin Melton for sixth place.
"I know I can race better against those guys," Kathryne said. "I finished sixth in a heat race with Gary Wright and Wayne Johnson, so I know it's not all about the competition. I know I can do it. It was a fast heat race."
Although her 10th-place finish in the "B" Feature didn't qualify her for the main event, Kathryne learned some valuable lessons.
"I miss working with 'Slim Jim' Osborn (the team's former crew chief who left when his wife was transferred to California)," Kathryne said. "He taught me so much and we communicated really well.
"I learned a lot on my own in the 'B.' I found the cushion in (turns) one and two and, for the most part, I stayed in it. My car was set up more for the really slick areas, which helped me out in one and two. But, in three and four, it wasn't so slick, so I struggled down there."
Veteran ASCS driver Danny Jennings, who, like Minter, races on Goodyear tires, has taken a liking to Kathryne and wants to help.
"Danny Jennings (Thursday's Fourth Wesmar-Shaver Heat Race winner) came up to me and said, 'I just want you to know I'm looking out for you and I'm trying to find the right crew chief for you.' That's really nice."
Minter is looking forward to Friday's fourth leg of the ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City.
"I'm really excited about going to State Fair Speedway for the first time," Kathryne said. "I'm going to talk to my dad (Team Owner Mike Minter), who will be there with me, and then to 'Slim' by phone. That should help. We can tell 'Slim' what the track's doing and he and I communicate so well, we can figure it out."
Minter has accepted Dodge City Raceway Park's invitation to race in the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region races at its 3/8-mile oval Saturday and Sunday.
More information about Kathryne, including her "Kat's Corner" and "Off-Track With Kathryne" columns, can be found on her website at www.mint13.com. Fans can also check out Kathryne's merchandise and request a free autographed hero card on her site. Kathryne Minter Racing invites fans to visit the team's trailer after the races.