USAR: Milwaukee: Highland Motorsports race report

A Frustrating Visit to the Milwaukee Mile for Wade Day (BRISTOL, TN) -- As the Hooters Pro Cup Series traveled to the Milwaukee Mile on May 31st for the Sears Auto Center 150, Wade Day knew the race would be a challenge. Not only is...

A Frustrating Visit to the Milwaukee Mile for Wade Day

(BRISTOL, TN) -- As the Hooters Pro Cup Series traveled to the Milwaukee Mile on May 31st for the Sears Auto Center 150, Wade Day knew the race would be a challenge. Not only is Milwaukee the largest track the teams would visit, but it was the first race of the year which would combine both the North and South Series. Forty-nine cars would vie for the forty available starting positions.

The teams arrived in Milwaukee on Thursday, May 29, for a test session followed by qualifying on Friday. "We were really tight in practice -- some of that was the car and some was the driver learning the way around this place," said Day. "We ran a decent first lap in qualifying, but then I got real loose and nearly hit the wall in turn two. I had to just abandon the lap to save the car and settle with my first lap time."

Since this was a combined event, the North Series cars lined up on the inside row and the South Series car on the outside. This resulted in a 20th starting spot for Day.

Trouble struck the Lopez Wealth Management Services Ford Fusion before the race had even begun as an electrical problem caused the car to stall on the pace lap. Day and the crew were able to get the car fired, but were forced to start at the rear of the field. The car did not handle well at the start of the race, and combined with starting at the rear of the field, the team lost a lap early into the race. When the caution flew on lap 43, the Day brought his ride down pit road for a major chassis adjustment and fuel.

Day was able to stay the first car a lap down, and just 20 laps later, the caution flew again. The team was awarded the Aaron's Luck Dog and was back on the lead lap.

Day was able to work his way through the field up to 19th place. When the caution flew on lap 117 of the 150 lap event, the team decided to top off the fuel. Day kept his 19th place position after the stop, but the car became loose and was unable to gain any additional positions. Day fought off a hard charging Bobby Gill during the final laps of the race to hang on to 19th.

"We had hoped to run better, but at least we brought the car home in one piece. We are looking forward to getting back to running the short tracks and especially to the next North/South combined race at Bristol in August," said Day.

Day's 19th place finish drops him from third to sixth place in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division. The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series returns to action on June 21st at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, SC.

-credit: hm

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