Minter Almost Qualifies for Heart O' Texas Feature WACO, TX (August 31) -- Kathryne Minter came ever so close to qualifying for Friday's Fifth Annual American Sprint Car Series Gulf South versus Sooner Region Shootout "A" Feature at Heart...
Minter Almost Qualifies for Heart O' Texas Feature
WACO, TX (August 31) -- Kathryne Minter came ever so close to qualifying for Friday's Fifth Annual American Sprint Car Series Gulf South versus Sooner Region Shootout "A" Feature at Heart O' Texas Speedway.
Minter, who leads the ASCS Gulf South Rookie of the Year point standings, exchanged the final qualifying position with Jimmy Brooks several times only to finish fourth in the "B" Feature. Minter battled J.P. Bailey in the Fourth Heat Race, but her fifth-place finish was also one spot away from qualifying for the 25-lap main event.
"I was really glad we got to race in Waco," Kathryne said. "We had been rained out the last few times we were scheduled to race there. We drew a horrible number, so we had to start at the back of the heat race, but we passed some cars. It had rained a little bit, so it was a really narrow racetrack. The way they packed the track and worked it in, there weren't many places to pass. I ran through the wet, sloppy stuff into the corners and I passed some cars coming out of the corners. There really wasn't anywhere else to run because there was no top and no bottom. It was a good, fast racetrack, but it was just one lane. You literally had to make your own line if you wanted to pass anybody.
"I was running third for a while in the 'B.' I passed Jimmy Brooks when he hit the wet spot coming out of (turn) two and slid up the track a little bit. A few laps later, I saw him come down to drive underneath me, so I moved down. When I did that, I skated across the track and he got by me. We raced with each other for a few laps, but I couldn't quite get back by him."
As always, Minter found the silver lining around the cloud following a tough race.
"I felt like I really improved as a driver," Kathryne said. "I got out of my car and I was really sore, but I wasn't thinking about it. Usually, I'm thinking about how tired I am after a race, but I was thinking about how I could have passed more cars."
The strong run at Heart O' Texas pushed Minter into 12th place in the Gulf South Region standings. Kathryne is 33 points behind Kent Lewis Jr. and 31 points ahead of Kent Lewis Sr. as the Fifth Annual ASCS Gulf South versus Sooner Region Shootout moves to the birthplace of the ASCS and the World of Outlaws, Devil's Bowl Speedway.
"Depending on who goes to the Devil's Bowl race, I could move up higher in the point standings," Kathryne said. "I'll definitely be there. I always want to run well there. I have extra motivation, too. My dad said if I run in the top 10, he'll buy me concert tickets. (Crewman) Scott (McDonald) and I are working well together, and he knows a lot about setting up cars at the Devil's Bowl. I'm sure it will be good; there are always several lanes to run there. It's my favorite racetrack."