QUINTIN CRYE FINISHES STRONG IN SECOND PLACE AT VENTURA RACEWAY (GRIDLEY, Calif.): Quintin Crye, the 17-year-old USAC Ford Focus Series driver from Gridley, Calif., finished second in last Saturday's USAC Ford Focus Series race at the...
QUINTIN CRYE FINISHES STRONG IN SECOND PLACE AT VENTURA RACEWAY
(GRIDLEY, Calif.): Quintin Crye, the 17-year-old USAC Ford Focus Series driver from Gridley, Calif., finished second in last Saturday's USAC Ford Focus Series race at the fifth-mile Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, moving him to sixth in the California Dirt Focus point standings. The feature was halted at 14 laps due to track curfew.
After winning his heat and his strong second-place finish, Crye was very excited about the prospects for his team heading into the next race, also on Ventura's dirt oval, on April 22nd.
"This was a really good week for us, after missing the race in Irwindale. It will give our team something to build on for the rest of the spring races, and especially going into the next race, which is at Ventura again."
Ventura Raceway hosted one of three Focus races that Crye participated in during 2005, so his experience in that series is still quite limited.
"I really love Ventura Raceway, and am looking forward to racing there again in a few weeks," Crye said. "The track is just a really great place for fans to watch a race. It literally sits on the Pacific Ocean, and the grandstands face the mountains, so the views that fans get while watching the race are really beautiful."
Crye is looking forward to his next race in Ventura, but hopes to keep the drama of the weekend confined to the racetrack. Aside from his maternal grandmother passing away the previous week, Crye's racing rig broke down on the way home after last weekend's race, and he and his crew were sidelined for a day or two while the trailer got fixed.
"We were on such a high from the good finish in the race, that it was a shame to have to deal with a broken down rig on the way home," Crye explained. "But finishing in second and having to deal with something like that is a lot easier to take than breaking down after a poor finish, that's for sure! But we all worked together -- just like we do at the track -- and got things fixed. Teamwork both on and off the track!" A 25-lap feature is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at Ventura Raceway for the USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car Series.