Minter Puts Together Strong Run in Houston BAYTOWN, TX (August 18) -- Despite suffering a flat tire in the First Heat Race, Kathryne Minter came back to put together a strong run from the rear of the field in Saturday's American Sprint Car...
Minter Puts Together Strong Run in Houston
BAYTOWN, TX (August 18) -- Despite suffering a flat tire in the First Heat Race, Kathryne Minter came back to put together a strong run from the rear of the field in Saturday's American Sprint Car Series Gulf South "A" Feature at Houston Raceway Park.
Minter qualified for the main event with an outstanding run in the "B" Feature, then drove the #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J past nine cars in the "A" Feature. The 13th-place finish pushed her into 14th place in the ASCS Gulf South standings and 227 points ahead of Landon Brown in their battle for the Rookie of the Year award.
"We were running pretty well and I was going to make the pass for third place, but I got pinched off between the car I was passing and the wall," Kathryne said of her heat-race calamity. "My right rear tire hit the wall and it flattened the tire. The caution wasn't long enough to allow us to change the tire in time to restart the race, so we had to start at the back of the 'B.' I wanted to move up as far as I could toward the front, and I finished fourth."
Minter really impressed her sponsor, Concrete Crushing Company owner Keith Keene, who was in attendance at the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval.
"My sponsor was there and he wanted to see me run the bottom of the racetrack," Kathryne said. "It was torn up on the bottom and I knew everybody would be running down there. Our idea was to run the top of the racetrack and go around everybody, but my sponsor wanted to see me run the bottom of the track, so I had to compromise. We set the car up to run the bottom of the racetrack, but we ran more in the middle. I knew I needed to run where the other cars weren't in order to pass them. Running in the middle, I had to drive it harder, but I was able to stay in the gas longer and run deeper in the corner than everybody else, so I was able to pass some cars. It was incredible when we went three wide going into (turn) two and I was in the middle of it all.
"(Crew Chief) Jim Osborn was working with us again, which was good. He really sets up the car great for me. He's going to try to get to some more races with us this year. We're also looking at some others who will stay with us next year. We need somebody who will make the commitment so we can run the ASCS on Tour races next year."
Minter also took the time to appear on a Friday-afternoon radio show in Beaumont.
"It was great being a guest on Jack Piefer's radio show on KLDI," Kathryne said. "It was a really good interview.
"We were supposed to be on "The Sammy and Bob Show" (on ESPN Radio) Saturday morning, but that didn't work out because Friday's races (at Motorama Speedway in Beaumont) were rained out."