August 10, 2001--Bouncing back from a horrendous crash at this same track in May, Miracle Motorsports headed back to Watkins Glen International to ultimately break their own record. Last week, recording the highest finish of their Grand Am career,...
August 10, 2001--Bouncing back from a horrendous crash at this same track in May, Miracle Motorsports headed back to Watkins Glen International to ultimately break their own record. Last week, recording the highest finish of their Grand Am career, (7th place), the #6 Ford-Riley and Scott entry, would stand to blow that record away this weekend.
Brent Sherman (N. Barrington, IL), qualified the #6 Miracle Motorsports/Serta Mattress entry in 6th place on the qualifying grid. Just ahead of the #6, was the #74 of George Robinson and Jack Baldwin. The #74 crew was forced to do a motor change before the race, and was therefore moved to the back of the pack for the start of the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 this Friday, moving Sherman into the 5th position.
The #6 Miracle Motorsports/Serta Mattress entry was a strong force in the event this weekend. Sherman quickly took over 4th place, and continued to run in the top 10 all day. After the necessary pit stop for fuel and tires, Sherman took the car back out in 8th position. Brent would quickly regain these positions, moving cleverly through the field.
In the closing few moments of the 250-mile event, Sherman, running in 5th, caught up with the #20 Dyson Racing Ford with Chris Dyson behind the wheel. Brent passed the Dyson entry on the front straight, then coming over the radio saying, "Man that felt great!" That pass would put Sherman in the Miracle Motorsports/Serta Mattress entry back in the 4th place for the final laps of the race.
Team owner John Macaluso (Old Forge, NY) never took the wheel during the race. "Boy Wonder (Sherman) was doing so well, being consistent and smart, I didn't want to do an additional stop for a driver change and interrupt the pace we had set for the race. We decided to leave him in, there are no doubts it was the right decision. We are thrilled with our finish this weekend. Everyone on this team has worked so hard, and we are happy to finally get a finish we deserve", stated Macaluso.
The Bully Hill Vineyards 250 will be tape-delayed on Speedvision on August 26th at noon. The final round of the Rolex Grand American Road Racing Series will be held in Daytona, FL on September 16th. That race will be broadcast live on Speedvision on September 16th at Noon.