MANFIELD, OHIO ~ Nineteen year old USAR Hooter's ProCup race driver Danny Sammons will debut an all-new Billy Hess built Ford Taurus racecar with backing from Hale's Harley Davidson of Mansfield, Ohio when the series hits the Mansfield Speedway...
MANFIELD, OHIO ~ Nineteen year old USAR Hooter's ProCup race driver Danny Sammons will debut an all-new Billy Hess built Ford Taurus racecar with backing from Hale's Harley Davidson of Mansfield, Ohio when the series hits the Mansfield Speedway this Saturday.
"The car we've been running has been fast for a year now but it never seems to carry any luck with it," Sammons said. "Maybe the new car will change our season around for the better.
"I'm really excited about having Hale's Harley Davidson of Mansfield onboard as our major sponsor for this race. Hale's is North Central Ohio's Premier Harley-Davidson Dealer. We'll have the car at the dealership on Friday afternoon from 4 until 6 and I can't wait to meet people there. With Hale's on the team as a sponsor for this race, it kind of makes Mansfield feel like our home track."
In addition to Sammons' appearance at the Friday afternoon gathering at Hale's Harley Davidson of Manfield, Ohio, radio station Z98 fm will be on hand for a live broadcast with race day tickets and Hale's Harley Davidson t-shirts available.
A promising day quickly turned into a long night for Sammons in last Saturday's 250-lap event at the Lonesome Pine Speedway. Despite once again having a fast car, Sammons dropped out of the race on lap 216 when an oil line broke. The Bordentown, NJ racer was credited with a 29th place finish.
Sammons was cruising along in the lead pack in the first quarter of the race when he couldn't avoid a crash in front of him. While the yellow never waved when the lapped car of Lonnie Rush and fifth place runner Joel Kauffman tangled, the left front corner of Sammons' Ford Taurus was damaged and a brake line was cut.
Despite having no front brakes at all, Sammons was able to stay in the lead lap until a caution was thrown for another incident. Sammons then made several pit stops but nothing could be done to again give him front brakes.
Sammons then remained on the lead lap until officials gave him a stop and go penalty on a restart for passing to the left.
"When I came off turn four two cars in front of me got together," said Sammons. "Instead of running into them I passed them to the inside which is against the rules. With the brake problem, I didn't have a choice."
Once out of the lead lap, Sammons struggled to stay clear of crashes and get a finish until an oil line broke late in the race.
"That early crash had pushed the radiator back on to an oil line," Sammons said. "When I ran the fan it was rubbing a hole into the line and it made a hole right after the 200 lap mark. By this time I killed the rear brakes and was just riding around on the bottom trying to get to the finish line. The way it looked we still would have been 12th."