Minter Roars into 11th Place at Cowtown Speedway FORT WORTH, TX (September 8) -- Kathryne Minter turned what could have been a disaster into an outstanding performance in Saturday's 9/11 Memorial Race at Cowtown Speedway. Despite...
Minter Roars into 11th Place at Cowtown Speedway
FORT WORTH, TX (September 8) -- Kathryne Minter turned what could have been a disaster into an outstanding performance in Saturday's 9/11 Memorial Race at Cowtown Speedway.
Despite missing hot laps and the first heat race while a Good Samaritan and her crew replaced her magneto, she qualified for the main event by racing into fourth place from the rear of the field in the "B" Feature and drove the #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J into 11th place after being involved in an early crash in the "A" Feature.
"When we got there, we went to start the car to heat up the motor before hot laps and it wouldn't start," Kathryne said. "The mag went out and we didn't have another one with us because we let somebody borrow our spare. Jeff Warren, who works for one of the teams, got a mag for us and helped us change it. We were close to making it out for the heat race -- which we would have had to start in the back -- but I didn't want us to get in too big a hurry when we were putting the car back together.
"It was actually really good because, instead of working on the car and getting it set up for the 'B' main like we normally would, we put the car back together and it was set up almost perfectly for the track. The car was really fast and the track was really fast."
Minter raced past eight cars before her top wing clipped one of the cars involved in an 11-car crash in the fourth corner.
"We were actually running 10th before the huge pileup," Kathryne said. "I was pretty far from it when it started, but cars kept piling up and I just wasn't able to miss it. My dad (Car Owner Mike Minter) wanted to change the wing, but I just wanted to check on the shocks and bars to make sure they were OK. I knew if they pushed me off the track to change the wing, I would have to restart at the back. Instead of restarting in sixth or seventh position, we changed the wing and I had to restart at the back. It was just one of those tough decisions you have to make. We passed a lot of cars twice. We passed a lot of cars in the first lap or so before the big crash, then we passed a lot more before the track started going away and it became a one-lane racetrack."
As always, the American Sprint Car Series' Gulf South Region Rookie of the Year points leader found the silver lining around what many might view as a dark cloud.
"Once again, I can look back at the weekend and think about all the cars I passed and all the different ways I passed them," Kathryne said. "I learned a lot, so the experience will help me."
Minter will get the opportunity to use her car-passing experience in Friday's ASCS Sooner Region event at Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, TX, and in Saturday's ASCS Coastal Region Versus Gulf South race at Fast Trax Speedway in Chatham, LA.
"I'm going to miss Homecoming (at Temple Christian School), but I'm looking forward to picking up more points in the standings," Kathryne said. "I'm in the top 20 in Gulf South (10th), Sooner (18th) and close (24th) in the national standings. I'm not sure we can get into top 20 in the national points, but we can sure try."