After a Fright in Practice, Drew Herring Finishes Third on Halloween
Benson, NC, Driver Grabs Third in Final Pro Cup Standings in Sophomore Season
CONCORD, NC (November 2, 2009) -- 2008 USARacing Pro Cup Raybesto's Rookie of the Year, Drew Herring, has had anything but a sophomore slump in the 2009 season, as he has been in the title contention all season long with seven top-five finishes in 16 races. In the season finale at South Boston Speedway this weekend, Herring capped off his year with yet another top-five finish, as he came home third in both the Strutmasters.com 250 and the final points standings.
Herring's car was strong in the series' finale, as he led almost 60 of the 250 laps, but untimely pit stops added a rift to their day.
"It was good at the beginning of the race," explained Herring. "Once we got by Clay [Rogers], we were actually running pretty well. I wasn't having to press the issue any, and I was just riding it out and trying to save the car as best I could. We missed the pit sequence and that got us behind. We had to get rubber early to try to make that ground back up, and we just ran out of tires there at the end. We just lost the nose of the car; it just started sliding the nose in the center and I couldn't get that bite and couldn't get it to bite coming up off."
Although his weekend ended on a high note with a top-five finish, Herring's weekend got off to a rough start, as he struggled with an incident in practice.
"It was just another one of those weekends," said Herring. "In practice yesterday, coming off turn two, I got caught up in a wreck and hit the wall with the right front and destroyed the right-front suspension. We didn't get another lap of practice, and then in qualifying went out and sat on the outside pole and came home third in the race, so it was definitely not a bad weekend."
Herring's #22 BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Ford Fusion was not the only car that was battling tires. Track conditions caused difficulties for all teams.
"These tires and this track, with it being so cold and so slick out there, it's really a handful," said Herring. "You've really got to get some good heat in the tires, and then once you get running it takes one good cycle before they really get working. And then on top of that, when you're on a restart it takes 5/10 laps for you to get some good heat in them, where you can get some grip and start driving. The tires played havoc with us for a little while, but all in all it's a good tire. It did come in eventually, and it filled its purpose."