USAR: South Boston II: Eric Corbett race report

Hard Wreck Ends Corbett's Night Clearspring, MD-Eric Corbett and his E&L Enterprises team rolled into South Boston Speedway with high hopes for a good run in preparation for the end of the regular season and the start of the Championship ...

Hard Wreck Ends Corbett's Night

Clearspring, MD-Eric Corbett and his E&L Enterprises team rolled into South Boston Speedway with high hopes for a good run in preparation for the end of the regular season and the start of the Championship races.

Under sunny skies and warm temperatures, Corbett took the No. 75 Larry & Sons Ford out on the track for practice. After a few adjustments and a few experiments, Corbett posted the 24th-fastest time. Corbett and his team were not happy with the car, and after some discussions and a heavy rain storm moved through the area, began making adjustments.

Qualifying was underway at 4:30 p.m. under sunny skies again, with several cars setting fast laps. The red-and-black No. 75 rolled out on the track and posted a lap of 16.162 seconds. This lap was good enough for ninth place on the starting grid, just a tick slower than the Woody Howard's pole winning lap of 16.063 seconds.

The race began with Corbett picking off a few spots, and slowly working his way into the top five. The Larry & Sons Ford was working well, and things were looking great for a good finish.

After the round of pit stops on Lap 88, Corbett found himself just outside the top 10, and began working his way back to the front. The car was no longer handling as well as it did in the first stages of the race, so Corbett started to search for a groove that worked, ending up very high in the turns, riding the "cushion" around South Boston. This groove worked well enough for Corbett to guide the No. 75 back into the top 10. With 20 laps to go, however, bad luck struck once again.

While Jeff Agnew and Mardy Lindley tangled in turn one, Joe Harrison Jr. spun in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, right in front of Corbett, who was bypassing another lap car at the time. Harrison ended up against the outside wall. Corbett, who had been running the high groove, got on the brakes hard and turned left but ran out of room, slamming into Harrison's car at the left-front tire. Corbett pulled the battered and broken car down pit road, ending his night on lap 231. Thankfully, both Corbett and Harrison were okay after a very hard hit. Woody Howard went on to win the Lucas Oil 250.

The car will need a lot of work, but the team will be back for the start of the Championship Series races at Jennerstown, and hopefully, with the start of the second season, can find more luck.

-e&le-

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Drivers Jeff Agnew