Spira Racing - Post Race Update #26 - August 31, 2013
Samantha departed for Sunset Speedway with the #81, as Billy, Scott and Jake made the short trip to Flamboro Speedway where the track had fan appreciation night consisting of an autograph session. It was a rare occasion that Ken Spira was not in attendance as he headed to Delaware Speedway to spot for the #38 Spira Fire Protection sponsored Ford of Tyler Hendricks, who was racing in the Keystone Light, Great Canadian 200, which was run early enough to allow Ken time to make it to Flamboro for the feature race.
Billy’s #86 was handling great in practice as Scott and Jake adjusted on loose conditions, before all three drivers lined up in the same heat race with Billy starting 6th, Scott 8th and Jake 10th. By the half way point, Billy remained 6th as Scott gained a position to 7th as did Jake moving up to 9th. Billy moved up to finish 5th in the final laps despite a motor problem lacking power as if it was only running on three cylinders. Scott remained 7th at the checkered flag and Jake dropped back a position to finish where he started in 10th. The team gathered around the #86, where with the help of Dave Mast, Mark Dennis, Scotty and Billy’s dad‐John, found a bad lifter that was replaced before the feature. Billy lined up to start 12th, Scott 14th and Jake 20th out the 20 car field and after the field sorted themselves out in the first few laps, Billy moved up to 11th followed by Scott in 12th as Jake gained three positions into 17th. With 5 laps complete, Billy and Scott continued towards the front, running 7th and 8th as Jake was stuck behind two and three wide cars at the back in 17th. As Billy was racing side by side with the #13 ahead of Scott, the #13 took Billy up to the wall on the backstretch and as the two made contact, Scott dove to the inside and took both positions, putting himself 6th ahead of the #13 and his teammate. At the half way mark, Scotty was up to 5th with Billy two positions behind in 7th as Jake finally got some room to race and moved up to 15th. With 5 laps remaining, a caution for fluids on the track brought the field together for the final run to the checkered flag. The #71 pulled up high with a cut tire that gave Scott the room he required to get by the #37 and into 3rd as Billy found his bumper to follow him through to finish behind him in 4th as Jake did a great job in the high traffic area behind them to finish 12th.
At Sunset Speedway, Samantha was happy with her car through the first of four practice sessions although she thought the car was not accelerating as hard as it could so carburetor adjustments were made. Sam lined up 3rd in her first heat and was able to fight for a 2nd place finish. The second heat race had the Wolseley Ford starting 6th and although boxed in behind slower cars, patiently brought home a 4th place finish.
In the feature, Sam lined up 17th in the 29 car field and after 9 laps of charging up to 6th, the 64 lost power in turn one, checking up the field resulting in the #81 spinning and having to go to the rear of the field. The re‐start saw Sam trying to make up for lost track position as soon as possible and while trying to pass the #85 on the outside, the #52 came up the track and ended up parking the bright yellow #81 into the wall, exiting turn two‐causing significant damage and ending the night for the Roof Trusses and Components Ford, finishing 23rd.
Next up for the Spira ‐ Lucas Oil Team is the second race in as many days for Billy and Scott as they head for Sauble Speedway on Sunday September 1st for the tracks final race of the season. Samantha will miss the trip north as she heads off to the University of Waterloo and Jake is going to the Nascar Truck Race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with his family. Pit gates open at 11:00am and racing begins at 1:00pm.