May 1, 2000 (Palmdale, CA) - After struggling to keep the ...
May 1, 2000 (Palmdale, CA) - After struggling to keep the #4 REF Motorsports Pontiac running in the top ten in last Saturday night's Home Depot 100 at Irwindale Speedway, Sean Woodside and the team are anxious to move on to the next event on the Featherlite Southwest Series schedule, the May 6th Patrick's Carpets/E.R. Carpenter 125 at Tucson Raceway Park in Tucson, Ariz.
At Irwindale, Woodside worked with a car that was a little tight, holding his own and passing cars where and when he could, but, generally, running a few cars behind the leaders. On the last lap of the race, he attempted to pass the 73 car to lock in a 7th place finish, but the two cars got together and spun between turns three and four. Woodside finished the race in 14th place, slipping from 4th to 5th in the point standings.
The team will take this week to prepare for next Saturday's 125-lap chase on Tucson's 3/8-mile oval, where it hopes a solid finish will help it regain the position in the point standings lost in the Irwindale race.
"It's still early in the season," commented Bob Farmer, REF Motorsports team owner. "We were disappointed to drop back a position in the points, but that was just race three of 19 races this season. Sean's had a win and a top-five finish at Tucson in the Winston West cars, and REF had a top-five finish there in 1998 and a second-place qualifying run in 1999. We'll work together, and, hopefully, we'll come out of Tucson with a strong finish."
"Races like the one we had at Irwindale make you really appreciate the ones that go well," quipped Woodside. "Tucson has been one of my better tracks in the Winston West cars, and REF is experienced there. We feel confident that we'll make a good showing this weekend."