Van Alst Looking For Redemption At Myrtle Beach Anderson, Indiana - - Some say you have to hit rock bottom before you climb to the top. If that's still true, Greg Van Alst is ready to climb the ladder after several tough weeks that have left the...
Van Alst Looking For Redemption At Myrtle Beach
Anderson, Indiana - - Some say you have to hit rock bottom before you climb to the top. If that's still true, Greg Van Alst is ready to climb the ladder after several tough weeks that have left the United Speed Alliance Racing rookie frustrated.
Van Alst was looking forward to heading into Mansfield Speedway, two weeks ago. Sporting a slick new look, boasting a new sponsor, Van Alst had hopes of thrusting his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory circle, but hiccups throughout the first practice session left the team very worried.
"We just can't get a handle on the car," said the dejected driver. "I don't know what's wrong. I had extremely high hopes for this weekend, we're going to make several changes to our Endura Tech Chevrolet, and I pray they work."
In qualifying, the former Sunoco Super Series driver was still off the pace The team would be forced to wait until the session had ended before getting the dreaded news, they wouldn't be in the main event.
"You have no idea how hard this hits me," continued Van Alst. "I really wanted to do a good job for Endura-Tech, they surely don't deserve this. We're going back to the shop and we're going to tear this car apart. We'll be back, with a vengeance!"
With the series now headed to Myrtle Beach this weekend, the Anderson, Indiana native is ready to prove that you can pick up the pieces and soar ahead "We've done a lot of work since we got back from Mansfield," explained the driver. "We tore the car apart, received some helps from some of the other teams, and even had the opportunity to test at Bear Field Speedway last weekend, and I was pleased with the results."
It will be a big weekend for Greg, who is a former competitor in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, as his new sponsor, Endura Tech will make the trip with the team this weekend.
Endura-Tech products are offered by NHK Intex Corp., which is in turn part of NHK Spring Co., Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of springs. Our diversified technology based products include precision valve springs, suspension systems, shock absorbers and sway bars . Endura-Tech of NHK Intex Corp. coordinates the entire manufacturing process from simultaneous engineering to testing, manufacturing and logistics.
"Having Endura Tech joining us at Myrtle Beach is a huge plus. They are sticking behind us despite our woes, and I'm looking forward to getting the monkey off our back and getting back on track," rejoiced Van Alst.
"I still can't begin to say enough about Endura-Tech Valve Springs," said the jubilant driver. "We've been with Endura-Tech all summer and for them to step up and remain behind us despite our hard times means the world to me. Endura-Tech doesn't know what this does to me as a driver, I'm very excited to be representing them."
The Anderson, Indiana native knows that the remainder of the Championship events will be crucial in what his team will do for the 2005 season. "I would really like to return to the USAR Series next year, but we'll have to wait and see what happens. I've been chatting with some owners about running Busch or Truck next year, but the right situation would have to come along before I would make that jump. But, if we can bring Endura-Tech Valve Springs back on board, I think we'll have everything we need to run upfront every week in USAR. You better believe I'm going to give those guys a run for the title next season."
Goals are simple. Finish the race. "If we are going to try and climb at all in the championship standings, we have to try and be there in the end. There are going to be a lot of talented drivers in this weekend's show, and while we may not be the best team on the tour, our determination makes up for that, and I'm ready to get this party started," he concluded.
The Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 presented by Black's Tire Service (250 laps/135 miles) is set for this Saturday night from Myrtle Beach Speedway. Practice, and qualifying will take place on Saturday, October 23rd, with the series set to take the green flag that night. The race will be broadcasted on the Speed channel Thursday, October 28th at 8:00pm EST.