There's No Sophomore Slump for Bobby Grigas III at Thompson Second Year NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Driver Finishes Third in The Icebreaker CONCORD, NC (April 7, 2008) -- From the time that Bobby Grigas turned his first wheel at this...
There's No Sophomore Slump for Bobby Grigas III at Thompson
Second Year NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Driver Finishes Third in The Icebreaker
CONCORD, NC (April 7, 2008) -- From the time that Bobby Grigas turned his first wheel at this weekend's Icebreaker NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Thompson International Speedway (CT), he and his Triple G Scaffolding team were in the hunt. They were in the top five during the only practice session, they qualified second, redrew the pole position, led laps early in the race and finished fifth in the event, which was shortened to 92 laps because of rain.
Forget about any start of a sophomore slump for the second-year competitor. The Icebreaker was more of a career weekend (so far) for the young Massachusetts driver.
"It is a great weekend, definitely," said Grigas. "I'm psyched about finishing third with four wheels still on the car. You couldn't ask for more. Hopefully, we can keep this going. We were fifth down South, third here and New Smyrna went well. So this is a good start to the year."
Grigas shot to the lead on the first lap and stayed out front until lap 12. Then he got caught in the wrong lane and fell back through the lead pack of racecars.
"It was too bad that we got shuffled all the way back. As soon as you got caught on the bottom, you were done for. That was no bottom groove."
The race at Thompson continues the strong record so far in 2008 that Grigas and his team have put together. They never finished outside of the top 10 in any of their races at New Smyrna Speedway's World Series of Stock Car Asphalt Racing in February. They placed fifth in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour opener last month. Now, they hope to continue that momentum, and with the combination of a talented driver, knowledgeable crew and good equipment, they plan to do just that.
"I'm getting more seat time, and I'm getting better able to handle the car. We stepped up our engine deal for this year. All of our pieces are good now. Last year, we struggled a little bit with that. We didn't know what we'd be in for [on the NACSAR Whelen Modified Tour]. But this year, we got two new engines, and they are very good. That is already helping me out. I can definitely feel that."
Grigas also got to make his Sunoco Modified debut at Thompson on Saturday night. He got caught in a multi-car wreck on the fourth lap and dropped out early. He was credited with a 33rd-place finish.
"I thought that I was going to flip my first Modified last night," said Grigas. "The car was very good, but we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what can you do? We'll just come back here with that next race and see what we can do."