Heats: Started 4th (of 8 cars), Finished – 4th
Feature: Started 9th (of 24 cars), Finished 7th (Finishing Order: 27, 13, 6, 21ct, 21, 88, 51, 47ct, 32, 22, 25, 17, 9, 55, 01, 49, 3, 98, 81, 94, 15, 66, 94, 78 DQ)
Comments: After last week’s feature rain-out (make-up Feature is Aug. 20th, Twin SK features that night), we were looking forward to getting back on the track again. Only one issue….it is UBER hot today. We’ve been doing this for a long time, but today, it feels like the hottest ever due to the humidity. Air temp next to our pit cart is 104 degrees and in the trailer, it’s a refreshing 99!!
Staring 4th outside so Rob is prepared to go backwards in the outside lane until there is an opening to drop down into the inside row (which should have an advantage with all of the rubber laid down during practice rounds. Like expected, there was no outside groove (lots of rubber marbles) so Rob fell back to 5th before making a move into 4th (which is top tier qualifying position).
Second time this year we start the feature on inside row and it’s perfect timing since I expect the field to get strung out single file during the feature. Well, pretty much nailed the single file no outside groove call. Just wish we could have been better out there since Rob ran hard out there for much of the race. First caution came with 31 laps to go when the 94 and others got wrecked in turn 4 – Rob restarted 6th. Next caution came with 19 laps to go and Rob restarted 12th after the outside groove just wasn’t there and there was no openings to drop down on the inside. Final caution came with 12 laps to go and Rob restarted 6th and the car was a hand full with being very loose on entry. Overall, the car came home in one piece, so we’ll look for a better finish next week.