A pretty disappointing end to what looked like being a race I was very competitive. It’s always frustrating to be taken out in someone else’s wreck that you can’t avoid but I suppose that’s racing. At least I’m not one of those hoping to win a championship having joined part-way through the season.
The video really tells the story, but the basics are that I had a nice stable setup, was about 0.3s slower in qualifying, but didn’t expect to be far off during race conditions. Judging by practice I also seemed more capable of running without spinning than just about everyone else on the race track: If I held my car to the third or fourth lane up, I knew I would never spin out.So I qualified ninth, 0.277s behind the pole with a lap time of 22.769. I got a decent start and through various incidents ahead of me moved into fifth-place by lap seven. I stayed fifth until lap 26 when I came onto pit road under caution and right behind the leaders, I restarted sixth. I held onto sixth-place until lap 33 and felt incredibly comfortable running with the leaders.
I started to focus on Ryan and try to use him to help me stay consistent and this backfired in a big way when a Daniel Olszewski spin ahead of him bypassed my attention until it was too late… I’m pretty sure nothing I did differently would have helped (as Ryan made contact with Daniel before I touched him) but I still think my reactions were a bit slow and when Daniel spun both Ryan and myself were collected… The chain reaction also caught out Cary Bettenhausen and Kevin Cress who both spun out in avoidance, Kevin getting the worst of it as he slammed into the wall.That was it: Race over. Extremely disappointed to have ended that way considering how competitive I felt. Not at all happy with a 13th-place finish and a DNF.
|1||4||Yang Ou||120 Laps||90||22.955|
|4||20||Daniel Ensch||-1 Laps||0||23.225|
|5||8||Tim Doyle||-3 Laps||4||22.990|
|6||15||Vincent Sciuto||-3 Laps||0||23.540|
|7||16||Todd Bettenhausen||-39 Laps||0||23.328|
|8||7||Niles Anders||-55 Laps||0||23.118|
|9||14||Gary Clark||-56 Laps||6||23.395|
|10||13||Cary Bettenhausen||-62 Laps||0||23.615|
|11||19||Kevin Cress||-71 Laps||0||23.773|
|12||22||Scott Thrasher||-76 Laps||0||23.549|
|13||9||Timothy Wheatley||-86 Laps||0||23.216|
|14||2||Ryan Murray||-86 Laps||20||23.129|
|15||10||Daniel Olszewski||-87 Laps||0||23.376|
|16||1||Tim Holgate||-97 Laps||0||23.393|
|17||21||Ryan Perezluha||-103 Laps||0||23.665|
|18||17||Ben Bretzman||-103 Laps||0||24.352|
|19||12||Brian R Simpson||-114 Laps||0||24.521|
|20||6||Billy Wease||-119 Laps||0||n/a|
|21||3||Larry Foyt||-119 Laps||0||n/a|
|22||5||Kyle Krisiloff||-120 Laps||0||n/a|