Lindley Takes Fifth at SoBo Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Greenville, NC-ShoTime Motorsports and Mardy Lindley ran their first race together in the No. 16 Hooters Air Ford at South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, April 9, 2005. This race was...
Lindley Takes Fifth at SoBo
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Greenville, NC-ShoTime Motorsports and Mardy Lindley ran their first race together in the No. 16 Hooters Air Ford at South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, April 9, 2005. This race was also the first race of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division season.
Friday was the Tech day, so we used this time to work on different setups for race day and communication between Mardy and the crew. Our best time was good for twenty-fourth fastest, but knowing our team, we would be able to improve on this the next day.
Saturday's practice sessions came and by the time they had ended, Mardy posted the fastest time of the day of 16.055 around the .4 mile South Boston Speedway. All the hard work and communication between Mardy and the team really paid off and had everyone excited for qualifying. Mardy posted a time of 16.149 and put the Hooters Air Ford in the third starting position. Mardy missed the pole by 1/10 of second. This would be a great starting spot for us, as the inside lane is the preferred way around this speedway.
The race started and there were many caution flags waving early in the race. Mardy ran a steady race, taking his time and staying out of trouble. Mardy ran third most of the time and was running second by lap 100 when a caution flag waved again.
Mardy brought the Hooters Air Ford down pit lane with the leaders for there only planed pit stop of the evening. Mardy came in for four tires, fuel and some adjustments. A problem with the jack during the pitstop caused Mardy to restart in eighth place. Mardy carefully worked his way through traffic and was back up to third place again. The race was slowed many more times by cautions and red flags as well.
After the last red flag of the evening with about 30 laps to go, the Hooters Air Ford tires cooled down too much, causing the car to become very lose coming out of the turns. After a tight battle with Jay Fogleman for third place, he was pushed up the race track causing a side by side battle for several laps. Jay Fogleman finally got around him and A.J. Frank slipped by as well. When the checker flag waved after 250 laps, Mardy brought home a 5th place finish.
ShoTime Motorsports was both excited and disappointed in the fifth-place finish. It was great to get a top five finish, but running second and third for most of the evening, we wanted our first win in the Hooters Pro Cup series. Our next race is April 30, 2005, at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Corburn, Va. We would like to thank you for all your support this year and hope to see you at the track.