Belmont's Day Ends Early at Kentucky, Fans Win with Unique Crew Opportunity LEXINGTON, KY -- The WLWT Channel 5 150 at Kentucky Speedway ended on lap 33 for ARCA RE/MAX series veteran Andy Belmont, as a result of a persisting rear end issue...
Belmont's Day Ends Early at Kentucky, Fans Win with Unique Crew Opportunity
LEXINGTON, KY -- The WLWT Channel 5 150 at Kentucky Speedway ended on lap 33 for ARCA RE/MAX series veteran Andy Belmont, as a result of a persisting rear end issue that developed earlier in the day during practice.
"We identified the problem early in practice, thoroughly went through the drive train and didn't see anything out of the ordinary", stated Belmont. "We didn't notice any further problems in practice or in qualifying, so I thought we had the problem solved. Unfortunately, we didn't."
Belmont cracked the stellar field of over 50 competitors with a time of 31.75, securing 30th position on the starting grid. "Given the stiff competition from NEXTEL Cup teams and driver development programs, our time would have placed us much higher on the grid even a year ago -- its getting to be a big deal to make the show at some of these speedway events", stated Belmont.
For the 2nd consecutive week in a row, FansCrew, an exciting fan involvement program, teamed up with Andy Belmont as primary sponsor of the Jennifer Belmont owned #1 Ford Taurus. For over one year, FansCrew has provided its members with exclusive behind the scenes access to ARCA RE/MAX series race events. While at Kentucky, FansCrew members were as much a part of the Andy Belmont race team as Andy's "regulars", filling roles ranging from catch-can operator, to tire changer. "We've had everybody from the Saturday night racer that loves to get his hands dirty to the house mom that loves auto racing -- we've never had a problem finding a race-day job for any of our members", stated FansCrew President and CEO Dave Westrick.
"The whole idea behind FansCrew is based on participation. I can't think of another organization that provides a firsthand crew experience, along with some level of ownership in the team -- through weekly sponsorship and ongoing team support", stated Belmont. "We are proud of our association with FansCrew, and we hope to continue seeing new faces this week at Berlin, next week at Pocono, and beyond."
Belmont's famed #1 Ford Taurus will return to competition at Berlin Raceway on Saturday July 15th for the Sara Lee/GFS Marketplace 300.