Team Concept Battles Till The End HICKORY, N.C. (October 15, 2001)- Jon Kerley and his Planet Hollywood Team Concept Racing crew fought to overcome adversity this past Saturday night to score an eighteenth place finish in the Mark Brooks ...
Team Concept Battles Till The End
HICKORY, N.C. (October 15, 2001)- Jon Kerley and his Planet Hollywood Team Concept Racing crew fought to overcome adversity this past Saturday night to score an eighteenth place finish in the Mark Brooks Memorial Hooters 250 presented by Alabama Theater at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.
After the qualifying session, Kerley had his No. 44 Planet Hollywood and Catawba Valley Community College Ford Taurus in the thirty-fifth starting position for the 250-lap event.
"We were loose during qualifying, but our setup was for race conditions," said Danny Allen, crew chief. "Even though we qualified thirty-fifth, we still believe that Jon can take the car to the front."
During the race's early stages, Kerley used a lot of determination to make his way around slower traffic and began to fight his way to the front of the field. By lap 30 Kerley gained 12 positions and was solidly running in the top 20.
By the race's midpoint, after some good pit strategy by his crew and through some hard aggressive driving, Kerley had made his way up into the fifth position. Unfortunately, Kerley could not hold that spot. With the leaders on fresher tires, Kerley would get shuffled back to the 14th position.
Towards the end of the race, two laps after a scheduled pit stop, a component broke in the right rear suspension. That incident put Kerley one lap down and he also lost one more lap after getting caught up in a late race accident that severely damaged the front end of his Planet Hollywood CVCC Taurus. Those two incidents hindered Kerleys chances of being competitive the rest of the race. But, Kerley fought his way back and would have to settle for an eighteenth place finish when the checkered flag waved.
"For the amount of problems that we encountered tonight, to finish the race only two laps down and in eighteenth position, we will settle for that," Kerley said. "I would like to thank Planet Hollywood for coming on board with us this weekend. I really appreciate the support they have given to the team."
Team Concept Racing will return to racing action on October 27, 2001 for the third event of the "Four Champions Championship Series" races at Concord Motorsports Park in Concord, North Carolina.
Heading into the event Team Concept is seventeenth in points, 21 points out of tenth position.
The CVCC Bobby Isaac Motorsports Program was established in 1997 as a memorial to the late NASCAR Champion, Bobby Isaac. It is the only college hands-on program in the United States where students actually build, field and serve as a pit crew in a professional racing division. The student team builds three stock cars a year and competes in 20 races in the USAR Procup regular season.
For more information about the Bobby Isaac Motorsports Program contact Mark Davis, at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4323 or the Team Concept website, www.teamconceptracing.com