Strong Run by Rookie Ryan Fischer Ends with Mid-Race Incident HAGERSVILLE, ON CANADA (JULY 10, 2008) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series made its first trip North of the Border in several years, for the Cayuga ARCA 250 at the historic Cayuga Motor...
Strong Run by Rookie Ryan Fischer Ends with Mid-Race Incident
HAGERSVILLE, ON CANADA (JULY 10, 2008) -- The ARCA RE/MAX Series made its first trip North of the Border in several years, for the Cayuga ARCA 250 at the historic Cayuga Motor Speedway. Venturini Motorsports last raced in Canada in 1980's and 90's at the famed Delaware Speedway gathering one win and a second place finish.
Needless to say, the Venturini Motorsports team was excited and ready to take rookie Canadian driver Ryan Fischer to his first ARCA RE/MAX Series race in Canada.
Most of the ARCA RE/MAX Series regulars had never seen racing action at the 5/8th mile oval before, including Fischer. "We were going into this race with a different game plan than normal, nobody really knew a lot about this track, and we had no notes from previous years to go on, but to come up here and run competitively towards the front, is a testament to my Venturini Motorsports crew and all of the hard work they put in" remarked Fischer on his first time at Cayuga.
The No. 25 RyanFischerMotorsports.com Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet team arrived Friday afternoon at the track, and started the weekends racing festivities with their only practice session Saturday morning.
The Venturini Motorsports crew wanted to make sure they gave Fischer as much seat time as possible at the new track, as they used every available minute of practice. As practice came to a close, the team recorded the 14th fastest time at 21.044 seconds or 106.919 mph. Sim Pole Qualifying was held later that afternoon, where Fischer qualified the No. 25 in the 15th position at 20.883 seconds at 107.743 mph.
Sunday morning found the team making last minute preparations for the race, as Fischer climbed in to his No. 25 Chevrolet for the 250-lap shootout.
As the green flag waved over the racing action, Fischer quickly started to make his way through traffic towards the front. Fischer was reporting a fairly neutral car, as he kept his rhythm around the 5/8th oval.
Continuing his way to the front, Fischer found himself going for a pass, when a competitor drove into the back of his No. 25 Chevrolet, sending him up the track and into the car in front of him. The team quickly assessed the damage and brought the car down pit road for the first pit stop. After pulling out the fenders and slapping four new Hoosier tires on the car, Fischer was back on his way.
Fischer found himself restarting the race in towards the back of the field, but he did not intend to stay there for long. Charging his way to the front of the pack once more, Fischer found himself racing in the top-10. "The car ran well all day, even after the first incident where I was run into from behind, the car handled well, and I found myself racing in the top-10" Fischer recalled.
As the laps began winding down, Fischer found himself running lap times consistent with the leaders, as he kept racing in the top-15. When a multi car accident happened in turns one and two directly in front of the No. 25 RyanFischerMotorsports.com Chevrolet, Fischer started to check up and go low to avoid the wreck, a car from behind could not get slowed in time, running into the back of Fischer, sending him into the grass and mud in the infield. As safety workers tried to free Fischer's car from the mud, the team found themselves going five laps down. Fischer brought the car back down pit road for repairs. The team packed the car with Sunoco fuel and sent him on his way.
Fischer once again found himself restarting at the back of the pack. He quickly passed all of the cars for position, and raced his way to the front, where he would race one two with the leaders, fighting to get his laps back. The No. 25 would eventually make one lap up through the Aaron's Lucky Dog award, placing them four laps down. Fischer continued to race up front with the leaders, fighting to make up more of his laps, until the checkered flag waved, placing the No. 25 RyanFischerMotorsports.com Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet in the 16th position.
"To be able to race in Canada with the ARCA RE/MAX Series was truly an opportunity of a lifetime. We unloaded a great car, and my Venturini Motorsports crew did a phenomenal job setting it up, even though we had never raced here. Our car was strong all day, even after the incidents. It is unfortunate that we were taken out of contention that way, but I am proud of my crew for getting the car repaired, and for my Crew Chief Billy Venturini giving me such stellar car. I would like to thank CJM Racing and Venturini Motorsports for their support, as well as all of my fans." Fischer remarked following the Cayuga ARCA 250.
Crew Chief Billy Venturini's comments following the race, "Ryan and the whole Venturini Motorsports team did a phenomenal job. We had to fight back from some racing incidents, but we were still strong out on the track, and we had one of the fastest cars. Ryan did a good job today, working his way through traffic several times, and staying calm and collected. He really showed that he should be a force to be reckoned with. I would like to thank my crew and all of our supporters out there, without them none of this would be possible."