USAR: Lake Erie: Greg Van Alst race report

Greg Van Alst Solid At Lake Erie Anderson, Indiana - - Despite the lack of sponsorship, United Speed Alliance Racing driver Greg Van Alst hauling his Van Alst Motorsports crew headed to Lake Erie Speedway last weekend ...

Greg Van Alst Solid At Lake Erie

Anderson, Indiana - - Despite the lack of sponsorship, United Speed Alliance Racing driver Greg Van Alst hauling his Van Alst Motorsports crew headed to Lake Erie Speedway last weekend looking to revive his season and conquer the state of the art facility with a solid run.

Needless to say, It's been an uphill battle for the former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver this season. After starting the season with sponsorship, woes within the sponsors organization had them off the hood and Greg back on the sponsor hunt.

The former Sunoco Super Series driver headed into the Miller Lite 250 last Saturday looking to bounce back from his last event at Indianapolis Raceway Park which saw his No. 35 machine end the night in the wall.

The GregVanAlst.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo turned decent laps in practice, leaving the team in high spirits and the driver confident for qualifying. "We were good, I'm feeling a lot better, IRP is behind us, we're looking for a top-20 night," said Van Alst.

In time trials, the Indiana basted team found success. Greg turned in the 18th fastest time putting him comfortable in the 23-car lineup. The qualifying effort was also a career best. "We're in the show, I'm glad, It feels good to be solid, I hope that all goes well tonight and we can home with the car in one piece," continued Van Alst.

In the race, Van Alst wasn't out there to set the world on fire, but to gain valuable seat time. Despite battling some handling issues, he remained confident, learning the track, and collecting a 17th place finish. The driver of car 35 completing 241 of the 250 schedule circuits, in addition to claiming his career best finish in his young, but limited USAR career.

"It was a good night," said the former late model driver. "We stayed out of the way, gained a huge amount of seat time and experience in the series, and able to take our car home in one piece," he added.

The next event for the Van Alst Motorsports team will be the tricky yet always exciting Kil-Kare Speedway on Independence weekend (July 2nd). The team will make a major announcement early next week concerning the event.

"We're looking forward to Kil-Kare, I have high hopes for the race, hopefully we'll be able to continue our momentum and score a top-ten finish next weekend."

-www.gregvanalst.com

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