"Irish Hills" Turn Out No Luck for Carter at Michigan Brooklyn, MI (06-15-08) Not even the luck from the "Irish Hills" could keep mother nature from running her course on Friday, causing a rain delay for the start of the ARCA RE/MAX series...
"Irish Hills" Turn Out No Luck for Carter at Michigan
Brooklyn, MI (06-15-08) Not even the luck from the "Irish Hills" could keep mother nature from running her course on Friday, causing a rain delay for the start of the ARCA RE/MAX series Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway until Saturday morning.
As the race went under green for the 100 lap race, Matt Carter in the No. 46 Stine Seed/Fort Dodge Animal Health accelerated to top speeds in the sixteenth position; where he qualified just two days prior. After running second fastest during practice on Thursday morning, the clutch went out in the car; allocating the majority of Carter's practice time to garage time. This left Carter with about seven laps to lay rubber down on the track before qualifying Thursday afternoon.
During the race Carter struggled with an extremely tight handling car, causing him to waiver between eleventh and twentieth positions all morning. Around lap No. 20, a caution came out and Carter pitted. The No. 46 crew cranked the track bar up two rounds and gave a phenomenal pit effort to gain five positions off pit road to put Carter in the No. 9 spot for the restart. Carter continued to struggle with a tight car and fell back a few spots all the while calling out over the radio that the car was still too tight. Under a mid race caution, Carter came in for another pit stop to try to free up the car but the adjustments would not prove to be enough. By the conclusion of the race when Carter brought the No. 46 Stine Seed/Fort Dodge Animal Health Ford Fusion machine across the finish line, he secured the twelfth position.
"We were tight, tight, tight, again," said a frustrated Carter. "We weren't tight in testing a few weeks ago. We weren't tight in practice, but we were during the race - I don't know why." Car owner Larry Clement expressed his post race perceptions of Michigan as well. "It was a frustrating day at the track," said Clement. "Three weeks ago in testing we had a really good car. In practice we were really good and then for some reason in qualifying it just didn't want to run well. We just couldn't get the car freed up today -it didn't want to turn. Travis, Jimmy and the crew did make some changes to make it better, but we just could never get it quite right. Matt did a great job bringing home what we had in twelfth place. We'll just keep working to make it better."
Although Carter didn't earn the position he would have liked at Michigan, he is keeping a positive attitude and already setting his sights on the next race- Cayuga. "I am looking forward to running a half-mile race track in Canada. We are good at the short tracks and I think we know what we are supposed to do there."
The ARCA RE/MAX series is scheduled to take a break and resume racing across the border in Canada at Cayuga Motor Speedway for the Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 Sunday, June 29 at 1:30 pm EST.