Corbett Busts Nose, Retires in 27th Clearspring, MD-Eric Corbett and his E&L Enterprises team rolled into Mansfield with high hopes after having a strong car at Jennerstown Speedway. The team arrived at the track with overcast skies and unloaded...
Corbett Busts Nose, Retires in 27th
Clearspring, MD-Eric Corbett and his E&L Enterprises team rolled into Mansfield with high hopes after having a strong car at Jennerstown Speedway. The team arrived at the track with overcast skies and unloaded the car and equipment and began getting the car ready for practice. Over the course of practice, Corbett was able to gain on each session, fine tuning the car for the race that night. Corbett ended up with the 17th-fastest time in practice, but felt the car would be good for the race.
Corbett rolled off in the middle of the qualifying order, and was able to turn a lap of 17.189 seconds around the half mile track, lining him up 19th on the starting grid. Shelby Howard won the pole, with a lap time of 16.895 seconds. The USAR Pro Cup series is getting more and more competitive every year, as only seven hundredths of a second separated 10th through 19th place.
The race began with Corbett trying to find a place to settle in and race and was able to guide the red-and-black No. 75 to a position near the top 10. The fast pace of the leaders, and several early cautions meant that several lapped cars would also be something to contend with. At one point, Corbett got pinned down by a lapped car and lost five spots before getting back into the racing groove. A caution on Lap 92 brought the leaders to pit road, and Corbett brought the Larry & Sons Ford to the attention of his crew. After four new tires, two cans of fuel and some chassis adjustments, Corbett rejoined the field, picking up about four positions on pit road.
The car seemed to respond well to the changes, but before Corbett could settle in, the caution flag flew again, with Sam Fullone along the wall on the fronstretch. As cars checked up to avoid him, Corbett was caught with no where to go, causing damage to the right front fender and nose. The crew was able to keep him on the lead lap, but the damage proved to be too much, as the engine began to overheat.
Corbett parked the car before damaging it further, ending up in 27th place. Rookie Joey Logano went on to win after contact between Shane Huffman and Jeff Agnew placed them back in the field.
You can catch all the action from Mansfield this Saturday night on the Speed Channel at 10 p.m. ET.
The next race for Eric Corbett and the E&L team will be Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday, July 16.