USAC DRIVER ERIC HUMPHRIES FALLS SHORT OF FIRST VICTORY Chowchilla, California - USAC Western Sprint Car driver Eric Humphries (No. 16 Harvest Supply, Inc.) turned in his third second-place finish at Magic Valley Speedway located in Twin...
USAC DRIVER ERIC HUMPHRIES FALLS SHORT OF FIRST VICTORY
Chowchilla, California - USAC Western Sprint Car driver Eric Humphries (No. 16 Harvest Supply, Inc.) turned in his third second-place finish at Magic Valley Speedway located in Twin Falls, ID. Starting the 100 lap main event from the pole, Humphries eyes were locked on earning his first win, but fell short with a respectable second place finish.
Racing for the first time at Magic Valley Speedway, Humphries would lead the field of 17 competitors to the green. After leading the first lap, Humphries moved into second, giving Nick Rescino Jr. the lead.
It didn't take long for Humphries to realize that he would spend his night fighting an ill handling car. Instead of fighting the car, Humphries saved his equipment and waited for his opportunity to make changes. Under the first caution Humphries communicated with the Harvest Supply team and was able to make adjustments within the car and stay in the fourth position. The team's opportunity would come on lap 55 when caution flew again, giving Humphries and the Harvest Supply team more time to make additional adjustment.
When racing commenced on lap 60, Humphries whole night was turned around when the car came alive. With ten laps remaining in the exciting main event, Humphries would again find himself in second place. With the final caution on lap 93, Humphries knew his only shot at leader Tanner Swanson would be on the restart. On the final restart Humphries used everything he'd been saving to make a pass for his first victory, and just fell a tick short.
"Our car was a little off pace at the being of the race," offers Humphries. "Instead of pushing the car and hurting my tires, I just took it easy knowing there were a lot of laps left in the race. Overall we had a good night, the team worked their butts off today and finishing second at a track we had never seen before makes us happy."
Humphries first season competing full time in the USAC Western Sprint Car Series has been very successful. With only nine races thus far, Humphries has collected four top-five finishes and eight top-ten finishes. Going into race ten of the season, Humphries is only 4 points out of second and 65 points behind point leader Tanner Swanson. As the excitement builds, be sure to check the USAC Western Sprint Car series in action this Saturday at Altamont Raceway, for more information please check out www.usacracing.com or www.altamontracing.com.