USAR: Hickory: John Kinder race summary

Hickory, NC, July 27, 2002,...John Kinder, driver of the 08 MultiMedia Graphics & Production Chevrolet had a very long night of racing at Hickory this past weekend, but despite his 19th place finish, he was able to move up one spot in the point ...

Hickory, NC, July 27, 2002,...John Kinder, driver of the 08 MultiMedia Graphics & Production Chevrolet had a very long night of racing at Hickory this past weekend, but despite his 19th place finish, he was able to move up one spot in the point standings. Kinder, now sits in 8th place in the Southern Division of the USAR Pro Cup Series.

"We had a pretty good car all during practice and felt good about the race. We practiced on old tires all day and was 10th on the speed charts, and felt with new tires we would pick up a few tenths in qualifying. That was not the case, either I over drove the car in qualifying or we just missed the set up, either way, we had a disappointing qualifying run which put us 26th on the grid", said John Kinder of Simpsonville, SC.

"Hickory has always been a tough track for us, but, we started way back in the field the last time and came out with a pretty good finish, so, I was not too concerned, I felt we could work our way to the front. The car felt good at the start. As luck would have it, early on, in turn one, someone up front must have got out of shape and the 8 car checked up right in front of me, I hit the binders hard, but, still made contact with him and I got hit hard by the 1 car in the right front. The car went away big time after that incident, which was just one of those racing deals". Kinder added.

"We struggled for several laps, and finally, I had to bring the car in, or I was going to knock down a wall, it was a real handful to drive, the team did a great job in the pits, assessing the damage, made some repairs and we went back out, only to have more handling problems. Man there is nothing worse than trying to muscle an ill handling race car on a short track like Hickory. We contender to make more stops, trying to make adjustment that would help the car turn, the toe was way out and I think we may have had a bent sway bar. Won't know for sure what went wrong until we get the car back to the shop" Bottom line, it was long night and I one point, my car owner said to just park it, but, we persuaded him to let us stay out. We did not have much to get in the top five, but we were able to salvage the race and finish, which helped us in the points", Kinder said.

Kinder will head to South Boston in a few weeks, where he hopes his luck will turn around. For additional information about John Kinder and the PowerBase Motorsports, Inc. team visit their web site at www.johnkinder.com

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