Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet is back on track. Dover, DE (September 21, 2002) Ashton Lewis, Jr. and the Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team had a solid 12th place finish in the MBNA All-American Heroes 200 at Dover International Speedway. ...
Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet is back on track.
Dover, DE (September 21, 2002) Ashton Lewis, Jr. and the Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team had a solid 12th place finish in the MBNA All-American Heroes 200 at Dover International Speedway. Lewis started the race in 29th, and was able to steadily work his way through the field.
"We really struggled on Friday with both qualifying and happy hour. To have the finish we did today after that feels really good. We made a lot of changes to the car this morning, and the setup was pretty good. I thought we had a top ten car, but track position there at the end of the race cost us in not being able to get by the lapped cars. " Lewis said.
The Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing crew did their part in helping Lewis gain track position. During the second caution flag of the day, the leaders entered pit road for the first round of pit stops. Lewis was in 20th place, but after a 14.46 second pit stop, he moved up six places to 14th. On their second pit stop, 65 laps later, the crew was a little bit slower, but Lewis still gained one track position on that pit stop.
During the last 15 laps of the event, Lewis and the No. 10 of Scott Riggs had a fierce battle for position.
"On the last run there I was just trying hard to catch the 33 (Tony Raines) car and I probably wore my stuff out. That's when the 10 car got the run and caught us. I knew that if I could stay up in the top groove I could get my momentum. He was running clean, we ran a lot of laps side by side and it was a great battle, I really had a lot of fun doing it. It's not too often when you get to run side by side with somebody for so long like that. He raced me clean, we got together a little bit on the next to last lap, but we were running hard and sooner or later somebody was going to slip. I'm glad we both kept on going."
The time of the race was one hour, 41 minutes and 28 seconds. There were four caution flags for a total of 19 laps, and three lead changes among four drivers.
Ashton Lewis gained three positions in drivers points and heads to Kansas Speedway in 18th place. The team really needed a solid finish and has renewed spirits for the upcoming Mr. Goodcents 300.
A final comment from Lewis, "It just feels good to finish well as much as we have struggled lately."
The Mr. Goodcents 300 will be aired live on September 28th on TNT and MRN starting at 1:30 pm ET.