Michael Lewis Doesn't Win In Winchester; But Presence Known NOBLESVILLES, Ind. (10-19-05) - - USAC driver sensation Michael Lewis didn't capture the win in last Sunday's Rich Vogler Classic from the famed Winchester Speedway, but his presence...
Michael Lewis Doesn't Win In Winchester; But Presence Known
NOBLESVILLES, Ind. (10-19-05) - - USAC driver sensation Michael Lewis didn't capture the win in last Sunday's Rich Vogler Classic from the famed Winchester Speedway, but his presence was sure felt in the garage area. Lewis, who headed to the event as one of the most recent winners on the tour had high hopes for retaining his victory at the half-mile oval.
The weekend started off in an uncharacteristic fashion as Michael struggled in qualifications posting his automobile in the 15th position, at a time of 15.205 seconds, behind fellow competitor Tracy Hines at 14.045 seconds. "We're trying to get a handle on machine," explained Lewis. "We don't like coming out here and being off the pace, but we're not going to give up and we'll concentrate on the heat race."
Lewis competed in the last of three heats events at Winchester. In the eight lap event, Lewis roared to the front of the pack and captured the victory. "Well, I hope this is the start of good things," he said. "Now if we can back this up in the main feature that would be awesome."
In the feature, Lewis struggled. Battling brake problems, in addition to an oil leak problem and a very loose car, Michael would be forced out of contention for the win and instead finish a very disappointing and unusual 12th.
"What can I say? It just didn't go our way. We had a lot of problems during the race and it cost us. It's not like our team to run like this and we're very disappointed in the results. The only thing we can do is learn from this race and prepare for our next event."
Lewis will enjoy a few weeks off, before returning to Irwindale, California early next month to test his automobile in preparation for the Turkey Classic on Thanksgiving evening. Lewis is the defending sprint car champion of the event and odds have many teams and drivers pointing the finger to Michael as the man-to-beat.
"Obviously, the Turkey Classic is a huge deal. We're going to test to make sure we come to the track on top of our game, and be better than ever. I am the defending champion of the sprint car event, and I want to leave there next month with that same title, I'm really excited."
As the 2005 year draws to a close, Michael Lewis has recorded stellar stats. In just 24 races, he captured three fast times, qualified 15 times in the top-five, hustled to six wins, an astounding eleven top-five finishes and an amazing 16 top-ten runs. Lewis also continues to lead the Earl's fast qualifying award for the USAC National Midget Series.
Following the season's conclusion Lewis plans to regroup and plan ahead for the 2006 racing season. Michael Lewis would like to begin a winning and long-lasting career in the stock car industry.