Spira Racing - Post Race Update #13 - June 29, 2013
Jake and Samantha headed to Flamboro for the first of two back to back Canada Day weekend races, as Billy and Scott headed north to Sauble Speedway for the Sauble‐Sunset event sponsored by Spira Fire Protection and Artik Ice. Ken and Julie from Artik Ice put together a proposal in the off season that would help offset the cost of the mini‐stock class for the extra expenses that the teams would encounter traveling between the two tracks as well as provided the trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The trophies were provided by Scotty’s dad, Jim, who owns Cambridge Source for Sports.
Billy was very happy with the handling of the #86 in the first practice, however Scott had a push going in and was loose off. Adjustments were made to Scotts #44 Conestoga Roofing machine and then the team decided to put Billy in the #44 to get his opinion on the cars handling and put Scotty in the #86 in order to compare the set‐up that Ken had put into that car. Billy ran the same lap times as Scott did in the #44 while Scott picked up half a second in the #86. Knowing that the setup in Billy’s car was the way to go, the crew went to work trying to replicate it in Scotts #44.
Scott lined up 4th in the first 12 lap heat race and would have to finish in the top 6 to qualify for the feature, due to 34 cars showing up and only 26 starting spots. Scott had a good run with only the #51 and #64 getting by him in the first half, and raced hard to hold the 6th position and qualify for the feature. Billy started 4th in the 3rd heat race and after four laps, took over the lead where he would run for the win.
Billy would line up the Plasti‐Kote Mustang 4th for the 25 lap feature with Scott 16th in his East Side Auto machine. Once again Billy took over the lead after four laps, and it looked like Scotty had figured out the track as he quickly moved into 13th. Billy caught the back of the field on the 8th lap, however a caution came at the half way mark and brought the field back together. The #36, who won against Billy at Delaware and Varney, was now beside Billy for the restart. The #36 moved into the lead on the next lap, however Billy was tight to his bumper and running all out to get the position back if the #36 so much as flinched. With five laps remaining, Scott had worked his way up to 12th but all eyes were on the battle for the lead, as the #36 dumped it in to the corner a little hard and Billy pounced on the opportunity to take the inside lane and the lead. Billy ran flawlessly to the finish for the win as Scott finished with a top 10 for his first time ever at the race track.
At Flamboro Speedway, the cars readied for double features as they would be running the rained out feature from the previous week in the order they qualified, plus the regular night feature.Both Jake and Sam struggled with loose cars throughout both practice sessions, so tire pressure and spring rubber adjustments were made to tighten the two cars up for the heat race. Jake started 4th in the first heat and after taking the green, was fighting hard in the outside lane trying to make his way to the front in the RNR Cycle #22. Heading through turns three and four Jake spun in some oil left on the track from the previous race and took a hard hit from the #37, finishing the night for both cars.
Sam started her Lucas Oil Products #81 4th in the second heat and was fighting an ill‐handling car throughout the race to finish 6th. Sam lined up 9th for the first 25‐lap feature of the night and while working her way through the pack, got together with the #42, turning them both around and bringing out the caution. The #81 would have to restart at the tail end of the field and finished 11th after 10 laps of caution free racing. For the second feature of the night ‐ one that had been rained out the previous Saturday ‐ the ProTreadz‐Tirecraft #81 lined up 15th and Sam worked with the #31 to get through the field from the back until the caution came out on lap 10 for the #79 and #50 who had gotten together on the backstretch. The #81 would restart in 10th and pick up three positions before the end of the race to finish up 7th.
Next up for the Spira ‐ Dominion Sure Seal Team will be three cars returning to Flamboro Speedway for the for the Canada Day Invitational on Sunday June 30th. Pit gates open at 4:00pm, the grandstand gates at 5:00pm, qualifying at 6:30pm and racing begins at 8:00pm.