Right line key for Speedway racers
A bent chassis couldn’t stop H.D. Craig from winning his fourth IMCA Modified race in six chances this year.
“(The car) was terrible early on,” he said. “But once we got it in the main, we had made the right adjustments.”
Craig bent the chassis last Saturday while racing in Fort Morgan, and said he didn’t get the car back to start working on it until Tuesday.
With turns one and two especially sloppy, finding the right line at Hayden Speedway was imperative.
Although the drivers packed the track before the race, turns one and two were still filled with ruts.
Craig said picking the right line made all the difference.
“About the second to last caution flag I found a different line no one else was driving,” Craig said after his win.
Craig took the lead from Bryan Hughes with only five laps left.
Hughes and Phil Goodwin battled back and forth for the first 15 laps, and Craig said with the conditions the way they were, he was waiting to find a line before he made his move. “I was just trying to bide my time and stay out of trouble,” he said.
The rough track combined with 12 competitors competing in the IMCA made for some interesting racing.
There were five caution flags and two restarts.
“It’s interesting,” Craig said of racing with 11 other competitors. “It’s really fun as long as guys stay away from each other.”
In Street Stock action, Samantha Johnston led all 20 laps of the main event to take the win. In her previous two races the points leader was unable to finish in the top three because of flat tires.
“It was much better to win a race,” she said, “but I made better decisions.”
Johnston said with turns one and two being how they were, she had to make a decision on what line to take.
“I knew I had to go high or low,” she said. “So I picked low because I would rather drive closer to the infield instead of the guardrail.”
In the night’s only other main event, Pam Stahl, driving for John Jepkema, finished first in the Minis. Points leader Matt Hoffman was black-flagged for causing two cautions.
Both the Ultra Mini and Super Street events were just exhibitions because there were not enough cars to participate in a main event.
The demolition derby that was scheduled for the night was postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The next action at Hayden Speedway will be the Super Street Sprint on Aug. 6.
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