Airborne success for Wolf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2008
Making his third-straight start at a new track, Ricky Wolf was able to pilot his #38NH to a solid 16th-place finish at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. on Saturday, May 17.
Ricky recaps the day's events...
"The trip all the way to Plattsburgh, NY, was for the most part a fruitful one.
The trip to Airborne Speedway located in Plattsburgh, NY was the latest challenge for our race team. Airborne represented the third consecutive track on the schedule that I had never competed on. And, unlike Oxford Plains and Thunder Road, I had never even seen the speedway before rolling into the parking lot early Saturday morning.
Fortunately, there was a lot of practice time on the schedule for us, and we seemed to make gains each time we hit the track. With 31 ACT cars in the pits, it was announced that everybody in attendance would make the show, which was a huge relief. There were three heats on the schedule, with the top 6 from each heat getting their spots in the feature. Our draw started us in the first heat, and we were able finish sixth, which meant we would not have to compete in the Consolation Race for our starting spot in the feature.
The start of the 100 lap main saw us in the 18th position. We lost all of our track position in the first 20 laps of the race, and found ourselves at the rear of the field struggling with a car that was tight in the middle of the corners, and loose off. We used the first three caution periods to give Jason a chance to adjust on the chassis, and each time it got better and better, eventually getting us to within a few tenths of the leaders. Patience, and great work on the radio allowed us to work our way slowly towards mid-pack, eventually finishing in the 16th position. Airborne, just like Oxford and Thunder Road certainly has its own unique challenges, and it is a fast track with not much room to pass. The second groove never really came in like many were expecting it to, and it made the 100 lap feature a challenge for anybody trying to run the outside.
Congratulations to team mate Bobby Dragon in the #71, who had a top five car the entire feature, and after some difficulty late in the race, was still able to rebound for a nice 9th place finish.
It is off to Thunder Road again this Memorial Day weekend, for a 100 lap race. Also on the card are the True Value Value Modifieds, which should be something to see at Thunder Road. We will use our practice time wisely on Saturday, and try to get the car dialed in for the ever tough qualifying on Sunday afternoon for the Mekkelsen RV 100."