Black cloud stays over Danny Sammons head, but at least he's able to help others MANSFIELD, OH - Danny Sammons had high hopes going into last Saturday night's USAR Hooters ProCup Series event at Mansfield Speedway. All seemed bright until the ...
Black cloud stays over Danny Sammons head, but at least he's able to help others
MANSFIELD, OH - Danny Sammons had high hopes going into last Saturday night's USAR Hooters ProCup Series event at Mansfield Speedway. All seemed bright until the "black cloud" that has been following him this year again darkened his skies.
Debuting a brand-new car and motor with one-race sponsorship from Hale's Harley-Davidson of Mansfield, Sammons had reason to be excited. The team sat second on the final practice sheet lap times and appeared to truly be a pole contender.
Then the "black clouds" rolled in.
Just as qualifying was about to begin, rain moved into the area. After a several hour delay, qualifying was postponed and the race line-up was set by the current point standings. Since Sammons hadn't finished either of the two USAR Northern Series events this year, he was positioned 20th on the grid. The rain did stop and the race was run in front of a big crowd. After just 40 laps Sammons had patiently picked his way to 12th, but then the motor in his Ford Taurus began to lose power. When he pitted his crew diagnosed a motor bearing problem and the car was parked for the night.
"I was very disappointed for my team and Hale's Harley-Davidson," said Sammons afterwards. "The crew worked nearly around the clock from last week's race to get the new car ready. I was about to pay them off for all their hard work with a good finish. The car was awesome. I was just taking my time.
"I felt bad for the good people at Hale's as well. They are real race fans and I know they were in the grandstands cheering for their car. I wish I could have given them a better show."
Sammons's misfortunes did help others.
Jay Fogleman sat fourth in the points standings going into Saturday's race. When the green fell Fogleman's Lucas Oil No. 4 sat idle in the pit area with a distributor problem. With the team haulers parked outside, Fogleman's team was handcuffed in making a repair--until Sammons' car came to a halt.
Sammons's HeartAttack team, led by crew chief Tom Bear, removed the distributor from their car and loaned it to Fogleman. Despite being 94 laps behind before he started, Fogleman was able to finish 24th rather than 34th in the final rundown, greatly improving his point collection.
Glenn Gault had distributor problems as well. With Fogleman already borrowingthat, Gault's team tried the distributor cap which Fogleman's team did not need. While he returned to the track it was quickly found not to be the solution to his problems and his car was parked for the evening.