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Two good starts, one decent finish

| Friday, June 6, 2003

We got to race twice again last weekend, even though Jennerstown was on Sunday instead of Saturday.

At Motordrome last Friday, we scored a third in our heat after starting eighth. Our car was real good, but then we really got lucky when we pulled a second-place start for the feature. After a couple of laps, I got past pole-sitter Mark Poole for the lead and held the point for the next 10 laps or so. Meanwhile, Neil Brown, who put a crate motor in last week (I don't blame him) and explained to the fans before the race its advantage, was making his way up through the field. He eventually got past me for the win, while I finished second. That was the third time this year that we finished second to a crate motor car at Motordrome.

It's a shame for our team and sponsors that we aren't being given a fair chance to defend our championship at Motordrome. The crate motor concept should have been slowly initiated into the program instead of being the dominant engine right from the start. Is it a coincidence that crate motor cars have won three out of the five races so far at Motordrome• I don't think so.

Saturday racing at Jennerstown was moved to Sunday because of rain. We started fourth in the heat and finished second. We knew we had a loose car in the turns and thought we'd better tighten it up for the feature. We then pulled the outside of the front row for the start, which was great.

Unfortunately, as soon as the race started I knew that our adjustments hadn't worked because it was still very loose. I fought the thing around the track the whole race while steadily losing positions. So we ended up finishing a disappointing seventh after starting in the front. When it was all said and done, we found a failed shock was the culprit.

Tonight is a 100-lap special at Motordrome. Saturday we're back to Jennerstown to give it another go.

See you at the races.

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