Jessup's Streak of Bad Luck Continues in Buckeye Nationals CAMBY, Ind. -- Coming off of the United States Auto Club Buckeye Nationals, Marc Jessup and Jessup Racing realize that their results could have been a lot different, had luck been on...
Jessup's Streak of Bad Luck Continues in Buckeye Nationals
CAMBY, Ind. -- Coming off of the United States Auto Club Buckeye Nationals, Marc Jessup and Jessup Racing realize that their results could have been a lot different, had luck been on their side. Tires going down, brakes going away, but even with bad luck, Jessup still battled his way into the feature events all three nights.
Winning his heats at Lima and Eldora, Jessup knew he had a legitimate shot at a win during the Buckeye Nationals. At Attica, Jessup battled Ivy for the heat win, but came up just short of taking the checkered flag. During the feature event, Jessup's bad luck was only just beginning. Jessup was up to fourth, battling Jon Stanbrough, who is driving the Hoffman Racing machine.
Early in the race, Jessup rubbed wheels with another car, and unknown to him, it later would put the F5 car with the Foxco motor pitside.
"Somebody hit my left rear wheel and broke it. All of the air pretty much came out, but the tire was still on the wheel fine. I had been running over half of the race with that flat left rear," said Jessup. "With three laps to go, I was working Stanbrough for third, and USAC black-flagged me for a tire going down."
Unfortunately, the next night's activities at Fremont Speedway were rained out. The track was in great shape, but with the amount of rain that had been received during the week, coupled with the storms that rolled in that afternoon proved to be too much for the track crew to overcome.
On Friday at Limaland Motorsports Park, Jessup battled Josh Wise, Boston Reid, and other tough drivers to come away with the heat race win.
During the feature, Jessup's streak of bad luck continued. Jessup was looking forward to a solid run to change his luck, but instead walked away with a blown rear end in the Jessup Racing machine.
On Saturday at Eldora Speedway, Jessup qualified in the top half of the field. Doing most of the setup and maintenance by himself, Jessup was determined to turn his luck around on the final night of the Buckeye Nationals.
Lining up with Boston Reid, Jon Stanbrough, and others in his heat, Jessup took the win by almost a full straightaway. Not knowing what the track was going to do for the feature, Jessup worked hard on the car between races. After the feature pushed off and the drivers of the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series took the green flag, Jessup was able to pass a couple of cars. As the race continued, Jessup's car started going away.
"We simply missed the setup," stated Jessup after the races. "All we need is a little bit of luck and our season will turn around."
Some of the top USAC teams are starting to take notice of Jessup's performance on both the dirt and the pavement. "I am definitely keeping my options open right now as far as driving for another car owner. I want to take my skills to the next level in regards to being able to perform well for a top-notch USAC team," stated Jessup.