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.)
After setting fast time in qualifying, Justin was able to charge to the lead from his 7th place starting position. Justin was then able to fend off a challenge on a late restart to take the victory! The late week motor swap paid off in the first win of the season. Next up is the Joy Fair Memorial 100 at Flat Rock Speedway on May 27th.
A locked up oil pump at New Paris, forced the team to pull the motor and take it to Mid-America Motorsports for precautionary measures. With the motor not being ready in time, the team has decided to drop in the backup motor and go racing this weekend. Due to the backup motor not being fresh, the decision was made to run a shorter local race at the 3/8 mile Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway, instead of a longer race at the 1/2 mile Sandusky Speedway.
With Flat Rock Speedway cancelling late due to flooding, the Claucherty Racing Team pulled an audible and headed down to New Paris Speedway for the Denny Nyari Classic. A late arrival meant missing some practice time on a track that the team hadn't visited since the 2012 Summer Sizzler. After numerous changes to the Flat Rock setup and some carburetor issues, Justin qualified a disappointing 9th. Early in the feature race the oil pump locked up resulting in a DNF.