Thunder Road tough to tame
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2009
The entire Wolf Motorsports Team kicked off this past weekend by participating in the Thunder Road car show and parade in downtown Barre, VT, on Saturday, May 2nd. After completion of the car show, all 117 race cars in attendance were driven on the road up Quarry Hill and back to the track.
Saturday afternoon had 2 hours of practice time available for the ACT Late Models, and the Team took full advantage. By the end of the afternoon, several small adjustments had been made to the car, and we were confident about our chances qualifying for the show.
Sunday morning saw a total of 44 ACT Late Models roll into the pits for a 30 car starting field. After first round qualifying was complete, the Team had solidly qualified the car 15th in place.
Right from the drop of the green flag, the BG Environmental #38NH was very tight in the center of the corners. "It was clearly not our day," Ricky said. "We figured we had a 12th to 15th place car once everything would settle in on a longer run, but it never developed the way we had planned. We lost a lot of track position at the beginning of the race, trying to take care of the right front, and got behind early. At Thunder Road, we all know something like that can get you into a lot of trouble, and it proved to be true. We went a lap down to the leader around lap 45, I believe. From there the entire focus of the race changes for you. You are not going to get that lap back, and you really owe it to yourself and the other competitors to leave plenty of room for the lead lap cars. The car became very loose by lap 100, and after a couple of spins we decided to call it a day. Thunder Road is a tough place to figure out, and we will be back on Memorial Day weekend with an improved car. It is the first time we have ever raced this chassis at Thunder Road. Jerome and the guys did a great job improving it on Saturday afternoon, we just missed the mark on Sunday." The Team retired the car on lap 115, resulting in a disappointing 26th place finish.
The Wolf Motorsports Team is looking forward to next weekends trip to the newly paved and re-designed Airborne International Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York, on Saturday, May 9th. "I have seen pictures, and some video of the new facility. It looks incredible. I also spoke with Brent Dragon who tested his ACT Late Model there last week, and he said it is smooth and fast", said Ricky.
The entire Team would like to thank all of the fans from the "WolfPack" who came to Thunder Road this past weekend to show their support.