Minter Passes Nine Cars in Cowtown Feature KENNEDALE, TX (August 11) -- Racing at Cowtown Speedway for the first time since her July 14th crash, Kathryne Minter drove the ...
Minter Passes Nine Cars in Cowtown Feature
KENNEDALE, TX (August 11) -- Racing at Cowtown Speedway for the first time since her July 14th crash, Kathryne Minter drove the #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J past nine cars to finish seventh in Saturday's "A" Feature at the quarter-mile oval.
"We started pretty far back in the 'A,' so I was just hoping for a top-10," said Kathryne, who made her Knoxville Raceway debut in the Knoxville 360 Nationals last week. "We passed a lot of cars early and ran 10th most of the race. There were a lot of cautions, and on the restarts everybody would dive down low in the corner. I stayed up high and passed a lot of cars on the outside. I thought Darrell Fletcher passed me and I finished 11th, but I found out he was lapped and we finished seventh."
Minter ran fifth in the Second Heat Race, and qualified for the main event with a runner-up run in the "B" Feature.
"I ran second for a few laps in the heat, but the car was a little tight for the way the track was," Kathryne said. "It was really tacky.
"I led a lot of the 'B,' but Darrell Fletcher passed me with two laps to go. He was clearly faster than I was. The faster line had been up top for most of the race, but it slicked off and he got some grip down low and passed me coming out of (turn) two. It was clearly his race to win, but I was glad to finish second and qualify for the 'A.'"
Minter was also glad to have former crew chief, Jim Osborn, in her pit Saturday.
"It was good to have 'Slim' working with us again," Kathryne said. "He was in town and Brad (Sparks) was still in Knoxville (IA) getting his stuff so he can move down here near us. It worked out well where he could be there."
Sparks, the team's new crew chief, will be back this weekend when Minter returns to American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Regional competition at Motorama Speedway in Beaumont, TX, Friday and Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, TX Saturday. Minter, who ranks 15th in the ASCS Gulf South point standings, is 103 points ahead of Landon Brown in the Rookie of the Year standings.
"Beaumont is one of my favorite tracks now; I've grown to like the place," Kathryne said. "I'm just praying we get to race at Houston. I've been waiting all season for this race to actually happen, but there's no rain in the forecast so we'll probably get to race.
"Hopefully we'll run well and open a bigger lead in the Rookie of the Year race."