USAR: Jennerstown CS: Danny Sammons race notes

JENNERSTOWN, PA - Danny Sammons was able to finish Saturday night's 250 lap USAR Hooters Pro Cup championship race at the Jennerstown despite motor problems. Sammons lost a cylinder in his Ford power plant before lap 80 in the event yet was able...

JENNERSTOWN, PA - Danny Sammons was able to finish Saturday night's 250 lap USAR Hooters Pro Cup championship race at the Jennerstown despite motor problems.

Sammons lost a cylinder in his Ford power plant before lap 80 in the event yet was able to finish on the lead lap in 11th place. The crew made two unsuccessful pit stops during the race to try and correct the problem. Each stop cost Sammons track position that could have helped him finish in the top ten.

The crew switched to a backup ignition box during one stop. When that failed to help they stopped again to check under the hood for a possible lose spark plug wire.

While Sammons' found both his oil pressure and water temperature gauges to be normal, his tach dropped from 8100 to 7400. It was later determined that a rocker or valve spring had broken in the motor.

"We had a car that could have won the race tonight," said a dejected Sammons afterwards. "To finish in the lead lap and race for tenth in the final laps so under-powered just proves how good the car was handling. When the other cars were in packs or when they were at the end of a tire run I could stick with them and make some pass. But when they were on fresh tires or on restarts I was in trouble."

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