This past Friday night (8/12) at Luxemburg Speedway was a night to remember for all the right reasons. Things got off on the right foot as I took off from my front row starting spot in the heat race and led every lap on my way to victory. The win was my very 1st heat race victory of my career, as I had picked up a semi-feature win earlier in the season.
We took some notes during the past few weeks on how to get faster in the feature, and that time spent definitely paid off. With the adjustments we made, I ran right with race leader Tyler Hackett for the first half of the feature. Hackett ran the high line, while I was running right through the middle of the track. I had a close call when I nearly spun myself out coming off of turn 4, but quickly regathered myself to continue running 2nd.
I held my line throughout the race, and with about 5 laps to go Troy Jerovetz was able to use the bottom groove to get past me. Then with 2 laps remaining, Eric Arneson also got by on the inside lane to snatch 3rd place away from me. When the checkers flew, I found myself in the claim area for the first time in my career, finishing in 4th place.
I decided to take the rest of the weekend off, but my dad jumped into Ben Kroll’s IMCA stock car and raced at 141 Speedway on Saturday night. He had a pretty good night, starting 9th in the heat race and finishing 5th. Then in the feature, he started 10th and finished 9th.
We will be back at Luxemburg Speedway next Friday night, and we will see how it goes from there. Only 3 weeks left of weekly racing, and then we’re onto the end-of-year specials. The season has gone by way too fast!