Season Opener ends in Disappointment For Corbett Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Clearspring, MD-Eric Corbett and his E&L Enterprises racing team was looking forward to the season opening race at South Boston Speedway after a successful test last ...
Season Opener ends in Disappointment For Corbett
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Clearspring, MD-Eric Corbett and his E&L Enterprises racing team was looking forward to the season opening race at South Boston Speedway after a successful test last Monday. The car had been completely rebuilt during the off season, and a new paint scheme changed the look of the traditionally all red No. 75 Ford.
After going through tech on Friday, Corbett returned to the track and quickly turned some competitive lap times. The crew made a few minor adjustments through out the day, and left that night with high expectations for Saturday.
On Saturday, the car was very close to how it ran on Friday, so once again, some minor adjustments were made. At the end of practice, the team was upbeat as the car worked well on long runs, and stayed consistent through out the day. Corbett lined up for qualifying and turned a lap of 16.341, right in line with what he ran in practice. Joel Kaufman won the pole, with a lap time of 16.050. Corbett would line up the Larry & Sons Ford in 18th place.
As the race began, it quickly became apparent that survival was going to be the biggest factor on the finishing order, with several wrecks damaging or taking out some of the top cars. Corbett was able to steer the red and black No. 75 through most of them, with only some minor damage to the right rear. A caution on lap 100 brought most of the leaders and Corbett, running 11th at the time, onto pit road. The E&L team changed all four tires, and loaded up with fuel. Despite being pitted in Turn 4, Corbett was able to pick up a few spots on pit road, and restarted the race eighth among the cars that had stopped. Once the rest of the leaders stopped, Corbett was in ninth place and was running down the cars from fifth on back. However, on lap 205, a crash involving Mart Nesbitt and Jimmy Spencer Jr., collected Corbett, along with Danny Sammons, Brandon Collins, Richard Landreth, ending the night for all 4 drivers.
Survival was the key to a good finish, and once again, luck just wasn't with the No. 75. Benny Gordon went on to win the race, and you can catch all the action this Saturday night at 10 PM eastern time on the Speed Channel.