Gary Elliott Racing - 2nd Gold Rush Invitational
August 19th Show #13
Flamboro Speedway hosted their 2nd Gold Rush Invitational on Monday August 19th. The promoter of the speedway did not have a car for Kenny Wallace to drive and so my son David, and I, as well as our crews, prepared David’s Late Model for the event. We were not disappointed after time trials took place.
Qualifying was determined by the driver with the best lap time after two laps. The crew taped up the nose, had the tires set and sent Kenny out with a great car. The NASCAR legend and popular driver did not disappoint as he set fastest time of all the cars in the field.
Our team, sponsors and all our guests were ecstatic with the pole win.
Starting pole was great, but it only lasted one lap as Kenny was dumped by the car he passed on the start of the race. Going into turn one Wallace was hit so hard by #83 the rear of the car lifted and he spun in front of the charging field.
We were very lucky, didn’t need to come into the pits for any reason, the car was untouched. Kenny went to the back and made his journey back to the front.
Over the next 99 laps the Quaker State car move methodically past cars to get into the top seven and soon in the top five.
On about lap 25, a big wreck happened coming off turn four, as the yellow #61 drove right over the right rear quarter panel and door of our car, sending his own car air borne. We suffered serious body damage but were able to continue.
This final restart late in the race shows Kenny in 4th place running the outside lane. There were about 10 laps to go and he would end up 4th at the finish line.
Post race celebration was crazy as hundreds of fans gathered around our car to see the NASCAR star up close and ask questions. He was incredibly gracious staying for an hour or so talking to the very excited fans who wanted to see him race hard and he did not let them down.
The fans and our crew listened to Kenny as he stood behind our car after the races, telling stories, doing a little Q & A and signing autographs.
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