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Minter Battles Brakes at Motorama Speedway BEAUMONT, TX (May 18) -- Kathryne Minter couldn't catch a break during Friday's Fifth Annual John Bankston Memorial at Motorama Speedway. Simply put, the brakes on her ...

Minter Battles Brakes at Motorama Speedway

BEAUMONT, TX (May 18) -- Kathryne Minter couldn't catch a break during Friday's Fifth Annual John Bankston Memorial at Motorama Speedway. Simply put, the brakes on her #13M Concrete Crushing Company J&J failed her.

Brake problems plagued the 16-year-old racer from Bedford, TX, in every American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Division race she ran Friday -- the Third Heat Race, the "B" Feature and the "A" Feature.

"I lost my brakes completely in the 'B' Main," Minter said. "The caliper in my left rear wheel broke, so I had to adjust my driving. I started letting off and coasting through the corners and getting back on the throttle again. I was running fourth, but the guy in front of me was docked a spot for hitting the cone (on a restart). For a while, I was running third, but we had a restart that really hurt me because I didn't have any brakes."

Although brake problems continued to hamper Kathryne in the 25-lap main event, she managed a 14th-place finish that pushed her into 14th place in the ASCS Gulf South point standings.

"We put a different brake on the left rear for the 'A' Feature, but they started going out again during the race," Minter said. "We had brake problems on the left front wheel in the heat race and in the rear in the 'B' Main, and I don't know what the problem was in the feature. They just started going out, so I pulled in. They were getting worse the longer I was driving, and I didn't want them to go all the way out so I was stuck not knowing if I could pull off or go into the infield."

Minter was a special guest on ESPN Radio's "Sammy and Bob Show" Saturday morning in Houston. As the in-studio guest, Kathryne fielded questions from the co-anchors and fans throughout the first half of the tw0-hour broadcast.

"We had a lot of fun on the radio show," Minter said. "I thought it was going to be harder sitting in front of the people and talking to them, but it was a lot easier for me. It was just like we were in a room talking to them and nobody else. It was a lot of fun. I appreciate the opportunity to be on the show."

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.

-credit: kmr

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