Lindley Matches Best Finish of Season Greenville, SC-Mardy Lindley and Hooters Air Race Team went to Salem Speedway on July 30 for the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Holley Performance looking to improve their performance from the previous race.
Lindley Matches Best Finish of Season
Greenville, SC-Mardy Lindley and Hooters Air Race Team went to Salem Speedway on July 30 for the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Holley Performance looking to improve their performance from the previous race. Mission accomplished.
Lindley was able to put together one of the best races of the season, coming home second.
Mardy Lindley went out to practice the Hooters Air Ford around the .555-mile, high-banked speedway and was able to post the second fastest time of the session. The team then made some changes to the set up of the car before qualifying and Lindley qualified at 18.093 seconds, which would give the team the sixth starting spot.
That lap was 3/10ths faster than Lindley's practice times. The top seven qualifiers all broke the track record.
The green flag fell for the Lucas Oil 250 and Lindley settled into the sixth spot, being very patient there as this race is long and the track is very demanding on the drivers.
On lap 51, there was a major accident on the front stretch involving four of the leaders blocking most of the front stretch. Lindley is very fortunate to have both a great spotter and crew chief in Jimmy King, who was able to give Lindley great information, and Lindley was able to avoid the big wreck.
The red flag came out and this allowed extra time to discuss different strategies for the remainder of the race. The red flag was lifted and when the race went back to green, Lindley was running in the second position.
Lindley's patience continued, as he kept the leader in his sights, knowing there was a lot of racing left to do. On lap 91, a caution came out and it was time to pit for Sunoco fuel and four BFGoodrich Tires. The Hooters Air Pit Crew has been great all season, but experienced difficulties during the pit stop and put Lindley back to the 11th position.
Lindley decided to put it upon himself to make up for the teams mistake and was determined to get back to the front by the end of the race.
Lindley passed cars at will during the long green flag run. And when the caution came back out on lap 165, he was already up to the sixth position.
While racing with Joey Logano and Joel Kauffman for fourth and fifth position on Lap 210, Logano and Kauffman got together right in front of Lindley. King once again gave great information to Lindley and he avoided the wreck, restarting in the third position. The Hooters Air Ford was getting stronger as the race went on, and Lindley had positioned himself for a chance at his first victory of season. On the restart, it would take a couple of laps for the Hooters Air Ford to come in, but once it did, he was running times faster then the leaders.
Lindley got inside of Benny Gordon coming out of turn two and was about to pass him for second, when a caution flag came out with 20 laps to go.
On the restart on lap 235, Lindley again position himself to pass Gordon and was able to get around him with ten laps to go. Lindley now set his sights on the leader. Lindley was running down Woody Howard, but ran out of laps to catch him. Lindley drove the wheels off the race car during last half of the race and brought home a second place finish, which is the Hooters Air Race Teams best finish of year.
Lindley is second in the USAR Northern Division point standings and gained some ground on the points leader. With Lindley's great performance at Salem, the team is going to carry the momentum to its next race at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, August 6.
Mardy Lindley and ShoTime Motorsports would like to thank all the sponsors, crew members, and fans for their support this season. Once again, we could not do this without you!!