Van Alst Heads To Motor Mile With Determination Anderson, Indiana - - There's one word that describes Greg Van Alst's past month, frustration. Since USAR launched the Championship Series back in September, a lot of promising drivers have...
Van Alst Heads To Motor Mile With Determination
Anderson, Indiana - - There's one word that describes Greg Van Alst's past month, frustration. Since USAR launched the Championship Series back in September, a lot of promising drivers have exploded on the scene, but there's one driver who's turned some heads this season that can't seem to get a break, and that's Greg Van Alst.
The Anderson, Indiana native has suffered several DNQs (Did Not Qualify) as of late, but Van Alst is ready to throw the month of October behind him, and sore into Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia this weekend looking to prove that you can bounce back.
"It's been devastating," said a quiet Van Alst at his shop this week. "Never in my racing career have we had so much bad luck. We changed just about everything on the car, but we can't get a break. We've made some more changes, gained some more expertise, and I'm ready to race."
"I am going to make this race if this is the last thing I do," he insisted. "We have done some work on the front end of our Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while also trying a new shock package; we're going to do everything in our power to jolt into the starting grid this weekend."
Despite the woes, Van Alst's new sponsor Endura-Tech continues to stand behind the former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver.
Endura-Tech products are offered by NHK Intex Corp., which is in turn part of NHK Spring Co., Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of springs. Our diversified technology based products include precision valve springs, suspension systems, shock absorbers and sway bar. Endura-Tech of NHK Intex Corp. coordinates the entire manufacturing process from simultaneous engineering to testing, manufacturing and logistics.
"Endura-Tech has been really supportive," continued Van Alst, a former competitor in the Sunoco Super Series. "We really haven't been able to show them what we can do, but they continue to believe in me and this team and that means more to me than they will ever know. Sponsors are important in racing, but they also become part of your team too."
The former open-wheel modified driver has never competed at the Motor Mile Speedway based in Radford, Virginia, but that doesn't frighten the driver. "I'm ready for a new track," he said. "I'm all about learning, and I'm all about a challenge, like I said, we're going this weekend and not going to leave without a fight."
At the track this weekend, Greg will have several guests supporting him. Several representatives of Endura-Tech will join the tour this weekend, while an owner of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, takes time away from the circuit to watch Van Alst compete. "We'll have some big guests this weekend, I'm really glad they'll be here. There's no pressure to perform," he joked.
Goals are simple. "We need to practice well. Once that's concluded, we need to concentrate on our qualifying setup. On a short track, it's all about starting near the front, and that's where I want to be. Once we're in the show, all our concentration will be towards the race," explained the pilot of the No. 35 Endura-Tech Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
The avid late model competitor also mentioned. "We've thrown away a lot of points. There is nothing we can do about that, but we want to try and salvage anything. Our goal is to finish within the top-36 in points. Some may say that's not a realistic goal, or not a "true" goal, but after everything this all-volunteer crew has experienced this season, it definitely will feel like a small victory for us."
The Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 presented by ProMedia, Inc. (250 laps/104 miles) is set for this Sunday from Motor Mile Speedway. Practice and qualifying will take place on Saturday, November, 6th, 2004 with the series set to take the green flag Sunday, November 7th, 2004 shortly after 2:00 PM EST. The race will be broadcasted on the Speed channel Thursday, November 11th, at 8:00 PM EST.
For more information on Greg Van Alst and his Van Alst Motorsports team, please logon to www.gregvanalst.com