RICK TREADWAY RACING NEWS ANOTHER WEEK OF BACK TO BACK RACING August 25, 1999 Once again, our schedule put us on the road with seven races in eight days, two of which were on the same day in two different states! Although we seemed plagued...
RICK TREADWAY RACING NEWS ANOTHER WEEK OF BACK TO BACK RACING August 25, 1999
Once again, our schedule put us on the road with seven races in eight days, two of which were on the same day in two different states! Although we seemed plagued with mechanical problems, we did make six of the seven feature events with a top finish of 7th, and took the checkered flag on one heat race. Here is how our week progressed.
Mt. Lawn Speedway, New Castle, Saturday, August 14th: This race should have been called the triple spin event. We spun out twice in practice, once in both our heat and feature race. Add in a flat tire, and we were glad to get out of there in one piece, finishing in 10th position.
Sun Prairie, WI, Sunday, August 15th: During our practice, the u-joint broke causing the drive-line and rear end to come apart. The crew was unable to fix it in time for qualifying, and we barely made it to our heat race. Having to start last in everything, I knew we had our work cut out for us. Before the race started, I pumped the brakes and didn't get any response. I knew if we wanted to make the race, we'd have to go for it. It was like being in a zone, next thing I knew, we took the checkered flag! I didn't even drive into victory lane because I didn't have any brakes to stop. During the feature, we started last, (22nd) and moved up to 15th, then a flat tire put us out of the race.
North Vernon, IN, Tuesday, August 17th: We started in the back of the pack again, and soon became the victim of a bad slide job. That is when, on a dirt track, the driver slides in front of another car, breaking their momentum. Unfortunately, this driver didn't slide in front of us, but into us!
IRP, Indianapolis, Wednesday, August 18th: We qualified well, 10th out of 35 cars. In our heat race, the car felt very fast, moving up quickly from 8th to 3rd position. I got a little too aggressive trying to pass for 2nd, and it seemed the car I passed just came down on me. While I may have drifted up, when I turned the car left, it just spun into the wall. The crew did a tremendous job getting the car fixed in time for the semi feature. Without having a practice run, we went out and finished 4th, putting us into the main event. After dialing in the car even more, the car felt strong, until a crash in Turn 1 put eleven of us out of the race.
Springfield, IL, Saturday, August 21st: Our day started at 4:00AM, for the first Silver Crown race we had ever driven on a dirt track. Our concentration levels were high, since there wasn't time for practice laps, it was our first time on dirt, at that track, and in that car. Our ride was provided by Gene Kazmark, whose previous driver had crashed the car on his first lap, while his crew had worked 48 hours straight to get it ready to run. This time, his crew had worked 24 hours straight for this race, and with problems starting the car, we were only allowed one qualifying lap.
We qualified 30 out of 41 cars, passed enough cars in our semi-feature to make the main race. Unbelievable! Starting 30th, we moved up to 22nd when we experienced overheating and were forced to drop out. It was a tremendous experience driving over 160MPH on dirt!
Hopping into the plane, with five other drivers, we rushed out for yet another race that day, at Putnamville, in Greencastle IN. We started last in our heat race and nearly won it, finishing in second place. No mechanical problems and we finished in 7th place.
Kokomo, IN, Sunday, August 22nd: Starting last in our heat race, we came up just a few feet short of first place. From our 8th place start in the feature, we solidly moved up to third place, when I couldn't make a pass stick, spun out, and went to the back of the pack, which is where we finished the race.
We are leaving for Colorado Springs for the MCI WorldCom Midget race Sunday, before the IRL race. This race will be televised Thursday, September 9th, at 10PM Indiana time.
UPCOMING RACES: Wednesday, Sept. 1st- Terre Haute Action Track. Televised on ESPN2 8-10PM EDT. Qualifications at 3PM, racing at 6PM
Saturday, Sept. 4th - Putnamville, IN, Lincoln Park Speedway. Qualifications at 6, racing at 7PM
Saturday, Sept. 11, 16th St. Speedway. Qualifications at 5:30, racing at 7PM Saturday, Sept. 18th, IRP Qualifications at 6:30 racing at 8PM Sunday, Sept. 19th, Winchester, IN Qualifications at 1, racing at 2PM Friday, Sept. 24th, Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Begins at 6:30PM