NST: Hagerstown preview

Solwold returns to site of first NST win Based on how he's been running this year, it would be easy to assume Jason Solwold had already picked up multiple National Sprint Tour wins this season. Instead, Solwold heads to Pennsylvania for...

Solwold returns to site of first NST win

Based on how he's been running this year, it would be easy to assume Jason Solwold had already picked up multiple National Sprint Tour wins this season.

Instead, Solwold heads to Pennsylvania for this weekend's three-race swing looking for his second win.

Solwold's breakthrough win came June 10 at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Md. The NST visits Hagerstown again this Sunday Aug. 6, following a Thursday race at Susquehanna Speedway Park and a Saturday show at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Needless to say, Solwold is looking forward to the second and final NST stop of the year at Hagerstown.

"Yes I am," the Washington state native said. "And I would like to win at more places besides Hagerstown. I think we put on a good show last time."

For Sunday's show, gates open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:30, followed by qualifying and racing. Also on hand will be Late Model Sportsman racers. General admission tickets are $30, while reserved seats are $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Solwold and his City Wide Insulation Carnahan Motorsport team had been knocking on victory lane's door before finally getting through at Hagerstown in June.

"It felt good," Solwold said of that first win. "I think maybe it took a little bit longer than I was hoping. We'd been running good all year, and should have had a few more wins than that."

That is also true of the last three races. Each time, Solwold was been running in the top-five when a problem derailed him. In the last NST race, July 22 at Fremont Speedway, Solwold was leading when he got swept into an accident.

"Things just haven't gone exactly our way to win races lately," Solwold said. "Hopefully we can get back to Susquehanna, Selinsgrove and Hagerstown, and get back on track. Maybe we can get some wins."

There is no doubt in Solwold's mind his team has the tools to get wins.

"We have started on the front row several times," he noted. "We haven't gotten the job done, whether due to mechanical problems, driver error, or not having the car right. We just haven't sealed the deal. We've had plenty of opportunities to win this year, we just haven't done it. We are capable of winning races.

"It gets pretty frustrating, but that's how racing works sometimes," Solwold added. "Sometimes you're on top, sometimes you're on the bottom. We've been consistent enough to run in the top-five a lot this year, but we should have won more races. It's just not our time yet, for some reason. Hopefully before the end of the year we can get a couple of more wins."

Solwold realizes his dream of matching the series-leading pace of Tim Kaeding's 11 wins isn't unique in the NST pits.

"Everyone else is trying to do the same thing we are," Solwold said. "Our car has been fast enough that we could have won some more races. That's what makes racing interesting. Tim Kaeding is having an awesome year. It seems like the guy can't do anything wrong. It would be nice to be on a streak like that."

Starting a streak like that this weekend -- and getting rid of the recent bad luck streak -- would suit Solwold just fine, thank you very much.

"We will have a little more confidence at Hagerstown because we have won there," he said. "It's a confidence thing, really. It's a lot easier to come back the second time around. You know where the lines are. You feel a lot more comfortable, more so than a place you haven't been or haven't run well at before. Some places we go to we're never any good, while other places we're always contenders."

Solwold likes the 0x00bd-mile Hagerstown Speedway.

"The racing is pretty good there," Solwold said. "It's a pretty fast joint. I seem to be doing better at the bigger tracks than the smaller ones. Last time it took some rubber, but you could still move around pretty good. It's a racy track. You have to be good everywhere, not just on the bottom or the top.

"Hagerstown is a pretty nice place. I like it. It's a good facility, and the track is smooth and fast."

Solwold knows he and the other NST regulars will have a challenge in their last race before the Knoxville Nationals kick off when facing the always tough PA Posse.

"There are a lot of good cars out there," Solwold said. "Some of the racers out there could win the Nationals. If you go out there, get in a good rhythm and the confidence is up, it really pays off when going into a big race like the Knoxville Nationals."

For more information on Hagerstown Speedway, visit www.hagerstownspeedway.com or call 301-582-0640. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Kaeding