Justin planned to run the Outlaw Late Model at Owosso Speedway on July 25th. The decision was made not to run after learning that the race will be on D800 tires and without radios, as opposed to slicks and radios as originally planned.
After qualifying 3rd, Justin fell back to 5th at the start of Saturday's race. After clawing his way back to 2nd, he came up .20 shy of the win to Bobby Sak. Sundays race began with Justin starting 2nd but falling back to 3rd. Justin was able to get back to 2nd place and gained ground on the leader before running out of time and getting thwarted in lap traffic. Congrats to Bobby Sak on the weekend sweep.
After a respectable 4th place qualifying effort against a stout field Justin started the feature 9th with the invert. After quickly moving up to 5th early on, Justin was just cruising until an overly optimistic move by a fellow opponent in lap traffic knocked the alignment out. After initially dropping back to 12th, Justin was able to work his way back up to finish 8th with a wounded car.
Justin made his first ever trip to the prestigious June Sprints at Road America in Elkart Lake, Wisconsin. Just shy of 70 cars showed up in preparation for this year's SCCA National Championship Runoffs to be held at the same venue. Justin qualified a respectable 14th and finished 13th in Saturday's sprint race. For Sunday's race Justin started 16th and finished 13th. The team learned a few things and is looking forward to returning and continuing to get faster.
The Claucherty Racing team made the long journey down to the greater St. Louis area to finally kick off the season at the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Event at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Justin qualified 2nd for Saturday's event and brought home a 2nd place finish in the race after hounding the eventual winner and local favorite for most of the race. Sunday brought another 2nd place qualifying effort. The race started eventful as a 4 wide battle for the lead into turn 1 ensued. Justin came out of the scrum in first place and led early until the 3 cars behind him drafted past, relegating him to 4th. Justin was able to work his way back to 3rd and appeared to be in position to challenge for 2nd, when lap traffic in a local yellow halted his chances. Another podium finish of 3rd provided an overall solid start to the season against a stout field of 21 cars. Next up is the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour event at the Road America June Sprints, where a whopping 82 SRF3's are entered.
The Claucherty Racing Team dropped in the old trusty backup motor to run the Joy Fair Memorial at Flat Rock Speedway. Justin clocked in the 5th fastest time in qualifying and was scheduled to start the race on the pole after a 5 car invert. However, a questionable ruling by tech officials in regards to the body specifications, resulted in Justin being relegated to start the 100 lap feature event from the last position. Against a stout field of cars Justin was able to work his way up to finish 5th, despite there only being one early caution flag to aid his progress.
In Justin's first trip to Gingerman Raceway for his first Hoosier Super Tour event, he qualified 3rd for Saturday's event. After missing a shift at the start of the race and dropping back to 9th, Justin was able to make his way back up to finish a solid 3rd.
Sunday's qualifying was in the rain and Justin put in the 4th fastest time. The feature event was also in the rain, and Justin was able to bring home another podium finish of 3rd place in his first ever rain race.
With Baer Field postponing the Main Event Outlaw Tour event due to wet conditions, the Claucherty Racing team decided to open the year at Flat Rock Speedway. After a disappointing 8th place qualifying effort, Justin had worked his way up to 2nd in the feature, and had just began his challenge to take over the lead, when sudden engine troubles ended his night. Due to the engine issues, the next outlaw race will be May 25th back at Flat Rock Speedway. Justin will be competing in an SCCA event on May 18th & 19th at Gingerman Raceway near South Haven, MI.
The weekend started out very promising on Friday night as Justin qualified 2nd with a personal best lap of 14.80, despite sub par track conditions. After heat races were rained out on Saturday, the starting lineup was set for the feature with an invert of the whole 17 car field. Sunday's feature started out by Justin quickly climbing to 3rd place with aggressive 3 wide moves. Contact with the 2nd place car put a damper on the progress and Justin had to settle for a solid 3rd place finish.