USAR: Madison: Jody Lavender preview

LAVENDER MOVES TO SECOND AFTER PROBLEMS Jody Lavender's first trip to Madison, Wisconsin had some problems but the final result was that he has moved up to 2nd in the Northern Division points of the Hooters Pro Cup Series. ...

LAVENDER MOVES TO SECOND AFTER PROBLEMS

Jody Lavender's first trip to Madison, Wisconsin had some problems but the final result was that he has moved up to 2nd in the Northern Division points of the Hooters Pro Cup Series.

Lavender and car owner, Jay Fogleman, left early Friday morning to fly to Madison. They should have arrived around midday but they didn't arrive until around midnight. They both spent most of the day in the Detroit, Michigan airport. They were to fly from Detroit to Madison but after two plane problems, their flight was cancelled and they were re-routed through Cincinnati to Madison. Needless to say, neither one of them wanted to spend most of their day in the airport.

Saturday produced more delays when rain showers limited practice and eliminated qualifying for the race. This was not all bad news because Jody was 3rd in points and the starting field was set by points. Once the race started, Jody stayed around the top five all night. After the race, Jody said, "I wish we could have had a little more practice. This was our first trip here and we had to guess a little on our "set-up" because of the rain shortened practice."

The Greased Lightning Ford was strong and Jody was running 3rd with 22 laps remaining when another problem struck. Jeff Agnew ran into the back of Jody causing him to spin, a multi-car "pile-up", and a red flag condition. Agnew was sent to the rear for rough driving. Jody also had to go to the rear because he was involved in the wreck.

With only 15 laps remaining, Jody was able to move back to an 8th place finish. Jody said, "Considering all the uncontrollable problems we had this weekend, we're lucky to finish the race and move up to 2nd in points."

Jody will compete in the Southern division races at Peach State on June 2nd and Myrtle Beach on June 23rd. With a busy schedule, he will also race in all of the Northern Division races.

Jody picked up another "Greased Lightning Clean Team" award from being the highest starting team member.

-credit: www.jodylavender.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jody Lavender , Jeff Agnew