ODESSA, Mo. - After starting the ASA ACDelco Series' Missouri 300 with his best qualifying effort of the year, Mark Dismore seemed to be on his way to his best finish until a lap 122 accident spoiled any chances. Dismore would get collected...
ODESSA, Mo. - After starting the ASA ACDelco Series' Missouri 300 with his best qualifying effort of the year, Mark Dismore seemed to be on his way to his best finish until a lap 122 accident spoiled any chances. Dismore would get collected and finish a disappointing 30th.
Coming off of turn two, a major accident had started to unfold in front of Dismore. Dismore was hard on the brakes, but slid into the barrel-rolling car of Philip Kranefuss. Trouble continued behind him, as a total of 15 cars were collected, including his Herzog Motorsports teammate, Ricky Johnson.
The damage was so severe to the No. 44 Monster.com/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo that Dismore would have to park it for the remainder of the race. The roll cage on the car was broken due to the forceful collision with Kranefuss.
"This is so frustrating," Dismore said. "Tonight was our best chance at a win or a podium finish. We had a great racecar and were on our way to the front. All we can do is move on and get a good run at Chicago. We need to stay focused so we can pick up some points."
"I couldn't see anything coming off of (turn) two," Dismore explained. "I had lapped traffic holding me up while I was trying to race Ricky (Johnson) for position. I thought I might be able to clear it, but I got hit and slid into Kranefuss. The car is in pretty bad shape."
Stan Herzog, co-owner of the Herzog Motorsports entry, was as disappointed as Dismore. "Mark was having the best race of the year so far," Herzog said. "He was patiently working his way up to the front and was a real contender to win this race. Howie (Lettow, crew chief) and the guys will get this car back together and be ready to roll at Chicago."
Dismore would roll off ninth in the starting grid in front of thousands of interested spectators. Fans gathered at I-70 Speedway as guests of Herzog Contracting Corp., team owners Bill, Randy and Stan Herzog's business out of nearby St. Joseph, Mo.
"I really wanted to impress everyone here tonight," Dismore said. "All the people from Herzog Contracting Corp. were really wanting me to do well and I wanted to show them I was capable of running up front. That's what makes this really disappointing."