Kathryne Minter Labor Day weekend summary

Kathryne Minter's Hard Work Pays Off CLEVELAND, TX (September 4) -- Kathryne Minter's hard work during the Labor Day weekend was rewarded with 10th place in the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South point standings. The leader in...

Kathryne Minter's Hard Work Pays Off

CLEVELAND, TX (September 4) -- Kathryne Minter's hard work during the Labor Day weekend was rewarded with 10th place in the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South point standings.

The leader in the ASCS Gulf South Rookie of the Year race finished one spot shy of qualifying for the "A" Feature in Friday's Fifth Annual ASCS Gulf South versus Sooner Region Shootout opener at Heart O' Texas Speedway. Her ninth-place finish in the "B" Feature in Saturday's ASCS Gulf South versus Sooner Region Shootout finale at the Devil's Bowl pushed her into 11th in points and Sunday's 14th-place run in the ASCS Gulf South main event at 105 Speedway pushed her into 10th place in the standings.

"I was really hoping that would happen," Kathryne said after being informed she moved into the top 10. "I was thinking about being ahead of one Kent Lewis (Sr.) and behind the other one (Jr.). When neither of them raced at the Devil's Bowl, I knew if I finished ahead of them Sunday I would move ahead of one and pull away from the other. I'm really excited to move into the top 10."

Minter, who spun while leading the "B" when she last raced at 105 Speedway on July 28th, enjoyed driving her #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J at the ¼-mile oval.

"We had fun; I'm glad we got to run there again," Kathryne said. "We started pretty far back in the feature (18th). We had an unlucky draw again, so we started in the very back of the heat race. My car was really fast though. It was set up well, but it had rained again like Friday in Waco, so there was nowhere to pass. I got stuck behind a car I was a lot faster than, and I couldn't get around him. I couldn't believe it was (defending ASCS Gulf South champion who ranks third in the 2007 standings) Gary Watson. He came over to me and apologized after the race. I ran into him once because I was clearly faster than him, but he apologized to me.

"The track was completely different than it was the last time we were here. The cushion was like a brick wall. It wasn't like a regular cushion you find at other tracks. It wasn't like 'here's the track and here's the cushion.' It was like 'here's the track and here's a brick wall.' If you hit it, you were either going to go over it or bounce off of it and end up in the middle of the track again. I couldn't get my car to run against the cushion without going over it, so we ran the middle of the track.

"It was definitely a learning experience because I had never run on a track with a cushion that big. I had to figure out how to keep my car either right on the cushion or run in the middle of the racetrack. I really wanted to run the bottom because it was really fast and nobody else was running down there, but I was having brake problems so I couldn't keep my car low coming off the corner. It was a learning experience and, overall, it was a good race."

As always, Minter found the silver lining around the clouds.

"The whole weekend was a learning experience when it came to passing cars," Kathryne said. "I passed so many cars over the weekend, especially Saturday at the Devil's Bowl. I didn't run that great in any of the races, but I learned a lot about passing cars. I didn't make the show at the Devil's Bowl, but I passed so many cars that I no longer think of it as my favorite track where I don't finish well. I was in a transfer spot in the 'B' and was running good but, even though I didn't make it, I'm going to be a lot more confident the next time I race at the Devil's Bowl. I really think the next time I go there I'll know what to do, and I'll be able to do it. If we had drawn a better number, I would have finished a lot better in my heat race and made the feature, but we drew a 49 for the second night in a row. It's the luck of the draw, and it wasn't in our favor this weekend. I just think it's going to be different the next time we go to the Devil's Bowl."

Minter and her #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J will be back in action Saturday at Cowtown Speedway.

More information about Minter, 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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