HICKORY, N.C. - Mark E. Dismore was looking at his best ASA ACDelco Series finish in the "Jani-King 300" at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, until a late-race incident placed the No. 44 Monster.com/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20th...
HICKORY, N.C. - Mark E. Dismore was looking at his best ASA ACDelco Series finish in the "Jani-King 300" at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, until a late-race incident placed the No. 44 Monster.com/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo 20th in the final rundown.
Dismore would start the event from the 24th starting position, taking his second provisional in a row. "I'm still learning this qualifying deal," Dismore explains. "I've got to learn to be more aggressive on the warm up lap so I can be faster on the laps that count. I'm used to having thirty minutes to qualify and being able to come in and adjust the car."
Before the race even got underway, Dismore encountered an obstacle. Dismore's radio wasn't working properly and while the crew was able to hear him, Dismore wasn't able to hear them or the spotter. Despite no radio communication, Dismore wasn't hindered on the track.
With a great handling race car and some great pit strategy by crew chief Howie Lettow, Dismore steadily moved up through the field. With less than 20 laps to go, Dismore appeared to be on his way to his first top-ten finish. Unfortunately, a tap from behind sent Dismore spinning. No contact was made between the car and the wall, but the motor stalled. Dismore, unable to fire the engine quickly, lost a lap to the leaders and eventually finished 20th, the lone car one lap down.
"This is very frustrating," Dismore disgustingly said. "In hindsight, I should've let him go, but my youthful enthusiasm got in the way. I just wanted that top-ten finish, but like Howie said, 'The points and the rookie deal are more important than one race' so I've got to learn to give a little. I feel bad for the team. I had a great car and their pit stops were great, but our finishing position doesn't prove it."
Stan Herzog, co-owner of Herzog Motorsports was disappointed in the outcome of Mark's run. "Mark did a fantastic job out there," Herzog commented. "Unfortunately, someone got into the rear of him and spun him. There wasn't anything for us to gain after we lost the lap."
Montgomery Motor Speedway is the next stop on the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series schedule. The "Alabama 300" is set to go on Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. E.S.T. TNN Sports will televise the race live.