East Takes Sixth and Second in Richmond Doubleheader Brownsburg, Ind. (June 29, 2009) -- Bobby East claimed a pair of top-ten finishes in USAC action at Richmond International Raceway over the weekend, taking sixth in the USAC National Sprint...
East Takes Sixth and Second in Richmond Doubleheader
Brownsburg, Ind. (June 29, 2009) -- Bobby East claimed a pair of top-ten finishes in USAC action at Richmond International Raceway over the weekend, taking sixth in the USAC National Sprint Car Series 60-lap feature on Friday night and following it up with a runner-up result in Saturday night's 100-lap Silver Crown Series main event.
East started the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 ClubSport/Ford Racing Technology Beast Chassis Esslinger/Ford-powered Beast from the pole in the Silver Crown feature and led the first 86 laps, at times by as much as a full straightaway over second place, before being passed by eventual winner Bryan Tyler. East held on to second in his first Silver Crown event of 2009.
"That's tough to take," East said. "Racers aren't ever happy unless they win, and we thought we were on our way. It's a tough pill to swallow. But at the same time we're happy with how the car performed. I think we ran over something on the track and it broke the sway bar. They threw the caution for debris and Tyler got past us on the restart. It's the first Silver Crown race of the year for us and the car was great all night long. We have a few more chances to get a Silver Crown win this year. But it's a shame this one got away from us tonight. We have ClubSport on the car this weekend and we were really hoping to get them a win too."
East started the weekend with a solid sixth-place finish in the Klatt Enterprises No. 5 Ford ClubSport/Racing Technology/Beast Chassis Beast in the 60-lap USAC National Sprint Car Series feature. East is hoping to take momentum into this weekend's action at Winchester and Toledo.
"We've run good at Toledo in the past so we're heading up there with the Sprint car and the Midget thinking we've got a chance to win both races," East said. "We need a good weekend with the Midget to get back into the championship. You look at the big picture but you also need to stay focused on each individual race. Our focus is on getting some wins this weekend."
East, the 2004 USAC National Midget Series champion, currently sits sixth in the standings, 77 points behind fifth-place Tracy Hines and 174 points behind leader Brad Kuhn.
**Beast Note: Beast chassis swept the Richmond weekend, going to victory lane with Bobby Santos III in the 60-lap USAC National Sprint Car Series feature on Friday night and carrying Bryan Tyler to victory in the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown Series feature on Saturday night.