East Closes Out 2009 USAC Season with 13th at Irwindale Brownsburg, Ind. (November 29, 2009) -- Bobby East closed out the 2009 USAC season with a 13th-place finish in the Thanskgiving Night "Turkey Night Grand Prix" for the USAC National...
East Closes Out 2009 USAC Season with 13th at Irwindale
Brownsburg, Ind. (November 29, 2009) -- Bobby East closed out the 2009 USAC season with a 13th-place finish in the Thanskgiving Night "Turkey Night Grand Prix" for the USAC National Midget Series at Irwindale Speedway. East qualified the Klatt Enterprises No. 4 Ford Racing Technology/ClubSport/Beast Chassis Ford-powered Beast fourth locking him into the 98-lap feature, but handling issues caused the 2004 series champion to drift back in the early going.
"We were just a little off," East said. "You can't be a little off against that level of competition. There are a lot of really great drivers and teams in the Midget division, and there are several more who race only on the West Coast. That was one of the strongest fields of the season, and if you want to win or finish up front you need to be at 100 percent. We qualified great and had a good starting spot up front, but unfortunately we just missed it a little."
East finished second in the previous Midget race at Phoenix on November 12.
"We had a good car for Phoenix and we were in position for a good finish when the guys in front of us got a little crossed up," East said. "We were running third and they got together and I was able to get past one of them to get to second. It's nice to have good luck like that every now and then. It seems that for us this year we have had more bad racing luck than good luck, so we'll take it when we can get it."
East also competed in the USAC Silver Crown race at Phoenix, finishing 18th.
"We were really hoping to go to Phoenix and win both races," East said. "That was our last shot at winning a Silver Crown race this year and we've won at least one every year for as long as I can remember. We're pretty disappointed we didn't get that win but next year we're going to run for the Silver Crown championship, which we've never done. We've always concentrated on the pavement races but I am really excited to get to race the dirt races too."
East also looked back on his entire 2009 season including USAC Sprint Car wins at Anderson Speedway and Toledo Speedway and USAC Midget wins at Thunder Hill Raceway in Texas and Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Indiana. East also scored a big non-sanctioned Midget win at the Kokomo Klash towards the end of the season.
"We had a good year," East said. "We won a handful of races and we were pretty competitive every time we unloaded. But we also see room to improve. We are going to work on our consistency. Part of that was out of our hands because we had a bad batch of parts that cost us during Midget Week over the summer. But our goal going into 2010 is to win the Midget championship and the Silver Crown championship and be up in the top five every week and win as many races as we can."