After qualifying 2nd on Friday, Justin started Saturday's race in the 9th position. After getting caught up in a wreck ahead of him coming to the green flag, Justin was forced to go to the pits so the crew could repair some of the damage. After coming back on the track in the 24th position, Justin was able to charge his way through the back and bring home a 2nd place finish. Unfortunately this was the last race of the 2017 season. Stay tuned throughout the off season for news and updates!
After getting the motor dropped in and the car loaded at 2:00 am on Saturday, the team made their first ever appearance at the Toledo Speedway. Despite being a little handicapped in the horsepower department at the big and fast half mile, Justin was able to bring home a solid 8th place finish after qualifying 15th. 35 cars showed up to qualify for the prestigious event and the feature race took place in front of packed grand stands. It was great to be back at the track with the crew after being off for more than a month without a motor. Next up is the last event of the year at Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway for the Michigan Cup.
Justin came into the 16th annual $10,000 to win Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway, sitting a close 3rd in the Sweet Mfg. Outlaw Late Model Series points. Despite not running the event in the last 6 years and not being able to attend the practice day, Justin qualified a respectable 10th out of the 30 cars that showed up to qualify for the prestigious race. After a good start, Justin was cruising in 6th when the motor dropped a valve. Since that was the backup motor, the team will be out of action until the primary motor is back up and running. This means that the team will not be at the Kalamazoo Klash, which is the 5th event of the Sweet Series. Stay tuned to the website to see when we will be able to get back to the track.
Lots of tarp folding and unfolding on a late and rainy night at the New Paris Speedway. The rain certainly didn't extinguish the fireworks on the track.
A return trip to Flat Rock Speedway marked the longest race of the season and the 3rd race of the Sweet Mfg. Outlaw Late Model Series. A disappointing qualifying performance ended up working out in the teams favor, by hitting the inversion. Justin led the first 50 or so laps prior to the handling going away and fading back slightly to finish a still respectable 6th. Next up is the $10,000 to win Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway on Thursday, August 3rd. This event is also the 4th event in the Sweet Series.
The Claucherty Racing team battled motor issues for most of the day at the Birch Run Speedway (formerly Dixie Motor Speedway). The lack of power resulted in Justin qualifying a disappointing 9th, after being in the top 3 in practice. At the start of the race, it was clear that the car was running on 7 cylinders at best. Despite being severely under powered at the fast .4 mile track, Justin was able to move up to 5th from his 9th place starting position. It was actually a suspension piece breaking under caution, that resulted in the 2nd DNF of the season. The resulting motor damages kept the team from being able to run the following night at Owosso Speedway. After a motor swap, next up is the Stan Yee Memorial 150 at Flat Rock Speedway. This prestigious event is also the 3rd event of the Sweet Manufacturing Outlaw Late Model Series, where Justin is currently 3rd in the point standings.
The team was eager for a return to the Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway, after grabbing the victory in the last trip there. Things didn't go as smooth this time, as a blown power steering line in qualifying led to just having to start the feature at the tail of the 25 car field. After repairs and a lengthy rain delay, Justin was able to carve his way through the field and bring home a 2nd place finish. Next up is the Lee Anderson Memorial at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, July 8th. This event will be the 2nd race of the 6 race Sweet Manufacturing Outlaw Late Model Series.
After numerous runner up finishes at this prestigious event at the Whittemore Speedway, the team was hoping that 2017 would finally be the year for victory. Justin ran in the top 3 for most of the race, until the handling went away at the end, dropping him back to 6th place. Next up is the $2,500 to win Old Glory 75 at the Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway. Be sure to come on out to cheer the team on at this local event!
Justin clicked in an impressive 3rd place qualifying effort against an incredibly stout field, at the 2nd annual Gary Terry Memorial Follow Your Dreams race at Kalamazoo Speedway. With a 16 car invert, Justin was going to have his work cut out getting to the front. The race started under ominous skies and was delayed for rain just 13 laps into the 125 lap event. The ensuing deluge lasted a couple of hours. The Kalamazoo track crews did an excellent job of drying the track to allow racing to resume. With an experimental setup and changed track conditions, Justin was only able to pull off a rather disappointing 9th place finish. Next up is the $5,000 to win Growler 100 at Whittemore Speedway on Saturday, June 24th.
A loose caliper bleeder screw ruined a very promising run. After loosing some laps fixing the issue, Justin was still able to bring home a 9th place finish.
With rear end issues and having to borrow a transmission, the odds were certainly stacked against the Claucherty Racing Team even before they arrived at the track. After arriving late to the Flat Rock Speedway, just in time for qualifying, Justin was still able to post the 7th fastest lap of the 30 cars attempting to qualify for the event. After 100 hard fought laps with the best outlaw late model cars and drivers anywhere, Justin was able to bring home a respectable 6th place finish at the premier event. The team is looking forward to going back to the Flat Rock Speedway in July, and hopefully improving on their finish position, by having some practice time to tune on the car.
(Photo Courtesy of Rich Fidh.)