Series veteran Scott Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo finished fourth in the night race where on lap 37 the track lights went out "I was coming out of turn 4 with cars all around me when all of a sudden it was pitch black, I couldn't see anything somehow...
Series veteran Scott Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo finished fourth in the night race where on lap 37 the track lights went out "I was coming out of turn 4 with cars all around me when all of a sudden it was pitch black, I couldn't see anything somehow off memory I was able to steer clear of any impact, that was a first for me" said Gaylord who drives the Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet. Gaylord notched his fifth top-five finish of the season and remains 3rd in championship standings.
POWERade Power Move . Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet) won the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award at Stockton, after starting 15th and finishing fourth. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.
The Oliver Gravity Separators Team started the weekend friday afternoon at an optional practice day where we shook down the car. We started on fine tuning during our scheduled practice Saturday. We had a brake fire in the right front at the end of our first session which cost us the entire second session. We did get the necessary repairs made and felt like we had a pretty good car for a qualifying run, but ended up with a dissapointing 15th place starting position.
We have started in the back at Stockton before so well aware of the job Scott had ahead of him. The race started and there was an accident in the first 15 laps, at around lap 37 when Scott was battling for 9th place in the middle of turn four, suddenly all the lights at the facility went out, there was total and complete darkness. The fans were excited as this put an unusuall twist in things, but the crews were just holding their breaths waiting to hear screaching tires and banging fenders of the the race cars on the track. Luckily Scott used his head and gradually slowed to a stop and avoided hitting anything or being hit. The officials did a good job keeping everyone calm worked on a plan that allowed any car that was damaged during the balckout to make necessary repairs which everyone felt was fair, they also allowed another car to make repairs that was damaged prior to the incident which left many questions among other competitors. It took about 20-25 minutes for the whole process of the lights returning, which went out due to a car hitting a transponder on the main road, all the cars were re-gridded to the order that they were running and the race resumed. The race proved to be one to hold the attention of the fans, and one that dissapointed many drivers, including Scott. The number of wrecks had to be a record, and brought back memories of the race at the Las Vegas Bullring a few years back. A real "crash fest". Scott was able to, for the most part stay out of trouble for the remainder of the first half. At the break the crew changed four tires and did some minor adjustments in the ten minutes allowed.
Our goal for the second half being to continue to stay out of trouble....as the "crash fest" continued, Scott continued to move up the field working his way up being hit here and there but not bad enough to slow the momentum. Our previous record at this race track is quite grim and we had several close calls during this event, but the Oliver Gravity Separators/ Denver Seminary Chevrolet perservered to finish fourth, which was like a win for us.
Scott was chosen along with last years champion Scott Lynch and Kerry Earnhardt to carry an in car camera for the event and was the only one to whithstand the entire event. We will be getting a copy and should make some interesting viewing with the blackout and all. This race will be televised on Speed channel Oct. 2nd Noon ET
Our next race is in Salt Lake City, September 6th, live on HDnet TV, hope to see you there.