Minter Records ASCS-Best Finish at South Texas CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (September 22) -- Kathryne Minter, who has already clinched the 2007 American Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year award, has her sights on her first sprint car victory. She...
Minter Records ASCS-Best Finish at South Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (September 22) -- Kathryne Minter, who has already clinched the 2007 American Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year award, has her sights on her first sprint car victory. She came closer than ever to achieving that goal Saturday at South Texas Speedway.
Minter won a battle with defending ASCS Gulf South champion Gary Watson while driving her #13m Concrete Crushing Company J&J to a career-best fourth-place finish.
"The 'A' main was amazing," Kathryne said. "I passed a few cars on the first lap, and I got to racing with Gary Watson. I ran with him for most of the race. We just kept going back and forth. Gary got in front of me at one point, but I used a lapped car to pass him back. We had a really good race going on, and I ended up finishing ahead of him. It was really exciting.
"I was really focused; I wasn't really concerned about what place I was running. I didn't know I finished fourth until they told me to stop on the front straightaway. It was great to go to the scales again."
Minter's second top-10 finish in her last three ASCS pushed her past Johnny Miller into ninth place in the Gulf South point standings.
"I'm glad I'm moving up in the points," Kathryne said. "Even though I've clinched the Rookie of the Year award, I want to go to all the races and move up in the standings."
Although her pill-picking woes continued, Minter qualified for the "A" Feature by passing three cars in the First Heat Race.
"We drew a bad pill again," Kathryne said. "There were 25 pills and I drew a 17, so I had to start fourth row outside in the heat race. I passed a few cars early. I was in fourth place and I went to pass Kent Lewis Sr. and I couldn't get around him. That let ("A" Feature winner) Brandon Berryman get underneath me.
"(Crew Chief) Scotty McDonald and I are working really well together. He does a great job of setting up the car, and he gives me a lot of confidence when I go out to race. I'm looking forward to working with him again next week at Beaumont (Motorama Speedway) and Baytown (Houston Raceway Park). It will be good to run those tracks again; we've been rained so many times down there this year. I'm hoping to get to victory lane soon. I really think we can do it."
Minter was a hit off the racetrack as well, appearing on Corpus Christi NBC affiliate KRIS-TV's 10 p.m. sports report and signing autographs for hundreds of her fans.
"The TV crew came out and interviewed me and got some video and showed it on the news," Kathryne said. "I went through three Sparpies signing autographs during the intermissions and after the race. They had the best driver introduction ever, with a little interview for every driver."
Mike Minter, owner of Kathryne Minter Racing, couldn't be happier with his daughter's progress. He also appreciates all the help the team receives from its product sponsors.
"It was the first time we ran Vortex Wings," Mike said. "The car also had a great new look, thanks to Gayle and Vickie Bullock at BullMack Powder Coating. We really appreciate the time they took for us to take the car to their shop and paint it with their multi-color process. It really looks great. We also appreciate Mike McCroy of McCroy Oil helping us out with our lubricant needs."