MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Mark E. Dismore finished 28th in the "Actionline 300" after suffering a blown tire and scraping the wall. The hit to the wall caused enough damage to put the No. 44 Monster.com/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo behind...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Mark E. Dismore finished 28th in the "Actionline 300" after suffering a blown tire and scraping the wall. The hit to the wall caused enough damage to put the No. 44 Monster.com/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo behind the wall for repairs. The team, led by crew chief Howie Lettow, fixed the Herzog Motorsports entry and returned to the track. Dismore would complete the race and finish 28th.
Track repairs on Saturday shortened practice and delayed qualifying to almost 9 p.m. that evening. Dismore qualified 28th fastest, but would have to depend on a provisional to gain entry into the event. Dismore started the event in 33rd position.
Starting deep in the field, Dismore knew there might be difficulties heading to the front. On lap 13, trouble ensued just in front of him and Dismore spun. Dismore would go a lap down to the leaders while trying to get away from the scene. He was as fast as the leaders and would remain up front with them until lap 110 when his right front tire blew sending him into the wall. Damage was severe enough to put him behind the wall for repairs for 117 laps. He would return and again run with the leaders until the end.
"Despite a poor qualifying effort, I thought we had an excellent chance of getting to the front," Dismore said. "We had a good race car and we were really quick. After we got down that one lap, we thought we might be okay. Unfortunately, the track started coming apart again and some rocks punctured our tire. It's just a shame because we were strong, but these guys did a great job of getting me back out there to pick up a few positions."
Randy Herzog, co-owner of Herzog Motorsports was disappointed, but optimistic. "Although Mark and the No. 44 team had a bad day, they had a fast car and were able to get Mark out there to finish the race," Herzog said. "We lost some points, but we'll get them back at Nashville. Nashville is a good track for us."
The ASA Series heads to Music City for the fifth race of the season at Nashville Speedway USA. The 300-lap event is set to begin at 3 p.m. E.S.T. and broadcast live on TNN Sports.