The #3 New Generation Wood Products Monte Carlo was ready to go for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series season opener at Varney Speedway Motorplex this past Saturday May 18th. Needing just a few minor adjustments following practice, Tim and the crew felt ready and excited to get going. Tim who was set to head out third for his qualifying run, had to wait it out due to a light rainfall. Once the rain had subsided the track officials, knowing Varney was his home track, asked Tim to turn a few hot laps to test the track condition before proceeding with the race program. Once Tim gave his approval, he was asked to take his qualifying run in the last spot, as this gave his tires a chance to cool down and level the playing field for the other drivers taking their runs on cold tires. After his long awaited attempt Tim turned a 13.651 second lap which was good enough for a 2nd place time.
The top five qualifiers, deemed the Fast Five, then line up on the front stretch of the track and pull numbers from a hat to determine their true starting position. Tim also managed to pull the 2nd starting position, meaning starting on the front row at his home track. Tim was excited about this result as well and eager to get racing.
The green flagged dropped, engines roared, and the crowd erupted as Tim and the pole sitter traded paint down the front stretch before even reaching the start/finish line.
Tim, not wanting to damage the car with contact coming from the pole sitter he made a few more attemts at getting by then settled into second position. While reeling in the leader after few laps, a lapped car spun to bring on the races first caution flag.
On the first restart, the pole sitter once again came up the track and slammed Tim into the wall, cutting a tire and tearing the nose off the New Generation Monte Carlo. Tim tried to race around the track to get to the pits to quickly fix his car and get racing again. His efforts where cut short, as the pole sitter tried to block him again on the front stretch leaving Tim no room to get by and unable to avoid more contact due to a flat tire and lack of steering.
Officials then deemed Tim’s contact as retaliation for the initial hit and did not allow him to return to the racetrack once repairs where completed by the pit crew.
An very unfortunate beginning to the much anticipated season, however, the team behind the New Generation Monte Carlo will not be discouraged so easily, and will be working extra hard to bring a fast car to our next race at Sauble Speedway on June 8th.
Photos from the opening night, as well as Across From Roger's Performance can be viewed in the photo section of the Black Magic Racing website - http://www.blackmagic-racing.com.