Race Weekend Updates From Moses Smith The last two weeks have been very busy, with two Speed Truck events back to back. The first of the races was at Mesa Marin in Bakersfield, California. This weekend would prove to be a good one. The lap...
Race Weekend Updates From Moses Smith
The last two weeks have been very busy, with two Speed Truck events back to back. The first of the races was at Mesa Marin in Bakersfield, California. This weekend would prove to be a good one. The lap times were competitive during Friday practice, so we called it a night.
On Saturday we had two sessions to go out and dial in the truck. Right away we were running times that were toward the front of the pack. As qualifying came and went I would find myself 17th on the grid.
During the race I had moved up to sixth place and was running strong. On one of the restarts I got a little greedy, and completed a pass before the passing line. During the next yellow, the officials moved me to the back of the line 24th place. At this time we only had 30 laps to go. To make a long story short I made it back to 7th place before the checkered.
The next weekend the ASA Speed Truck Series rolled into Vegas. I had a new set up on the truck, new tuning on the engine and a new attitude. This weekend was not just going to be another shake down and finish the weekend kind of out look. I really wanted to do well. It has only been five races, but it's turning out to be a long year, due to some bad luck. But this weekend we were more prepared and ready for a good showing.
Friday Night practice went very well. It was obvious that the truck was running a whole lot better, and we were able to post the fastest time of the night.
On Saturday, I really didn't want to touch the truck, so we only went out for 4 laps to scrub in the new tires. In those four laps, the times were where we expected them to be, so we prepped for qualifying.
Qualifying went very well. My first lap put me third on the grid; my second lap was slower, due to me being a little too aggressive on the entry to turn one.
Third place put me in the trophy dash. The crew didn't want me to run the dash; basically because they didn't want to risk anything happening to the truck before the race. There is no money or points awarded for the dash, but it is the opening race for the night. I elected to do the dash, basically because it was my first one, and I was excited to be in it. It also gave us an opportunity to see how the truck was going to run as it cooled off for the night. Luckily, the Dash was very mellow, and I finished third.
The starting grid was very close for the main. The top 5 trucks were all within a tenth of a second. Four of the top five were rookies. So this was sure to be an exciting race. As the green flag dropped, I maintained third place. The first 10 laps I just evaluated the truck, and hung with the two trucks in front of me. As they started to battle for the lead, I saw an opportunity and moved myself into second.
Despite all the yellow flag laps, the leader and I were really out in front battling with each other. With no real pressure from behind. I attempted to pass for the lead a couple of times, but the pass would not have been a pretty one, so I held my place in second.
With seven laps to go the yellow came out. The cushion that I had from third was gone, and we were going to have a dash to the finish. I was a little worried that the third place truck might make a last ditch effort to get by, and he did.
With five laps to go the green came out and the third place truck dove to the inside of me in turn 1. We ran the next three laps side by side, and I was able to inch back out in front from the outside and finish in second. It was very exciting, and great racing. In those three laps we only made contact a couple of times. There's nothing like good clean competitive racing!
So as you can see the last two weekends of racing have been great for the MSR team. A top ten finish at Mesa Marin with a seventh and a top five finish at Las Vegas with a second place effort!
Just when I thought it could not be any better, my friend Sam Schmidt stopped by to share a laugh. Racing at its best!