Spira Racing - Post Race Update #5 - May 19, 2013
After a good nights' sleep, the team met up at the shop to re‐pack the coolers and head down the road for the second day of racing at Flamboro Speedway. Billy joined the team in the #86 as he was at Sauble Speedway the previous night. In the first practice session, the Dominion Sure Seal #44 was tight, while the Chetty's Hot Sauce #81 was loose so air pressure adjustments were made accordingly to both cars. The ProTreadz‐Tirecraft #22 was loose coming off the corner so an air pressure adjustment was made, and a spring rubber was added to the left rear. The Gunk #86 was also loose so a spring rubber was added to the left rear to correct that condition. After the second practice, another air pressure adjustment was made on the Nuco #44. The adjustment made on the #86 did not seem to help the car, so the rear stagger was reduced, while the #81 and #22 needed no further adjustments before time trials.
Earlier in the day, the 26 drivers in attendance had drawn numbers to determine the order for time trials which would then set the order for the fastest 13 cars – the other 13 were split into two heat races to determine the rest of the order. Billy set the fastest time of 18.16 in his Rockwood Roof Trusses and Components #86, Scott qualified 7th with a 19.02 in his Process Group #44, Sam qualified 8th with a 19.09 in her Lucas Oil Products #81 and Jake was the only one of the four to have to run the heat race.
Jake lined up the Apollo Valves #22 4th in the first of two heat races. By the halfway point Jake had moved his way into 3rd and when the two leaders got together and spun coming out of turn 4, avoiding the two cars meant Jake would restart in 1st. For the remaining 4 laps, Jake held on for his first heat win at Flamboro Speedway as a rookie – also becoming the youngest driver at 11 years old, to win a race in a stock car at the speedway.
With the heat win, Jake qualified the #22 14th – but would start at the back of the field due to his rookie status. Billy started the #86 1st, Scotty 7th and Sam 8th in the Plasti‐Kote #81 for the 25‐lap feature. Billy took control of the race at the start, easily clearing the 13 who started outside pole, while Scott and Sam ran side by side in 7th and 8th until lap 5 when Scott was able to clear the #81. Jake picked up two positions into 24th, while Billy stretched his lead up front followed by the #64 a few car lengths back. On lap 10, Sam had gotten the #81 machine under the #44 and had cleared him to take 7th away and was working on the #37 when his car suddenly slowed in front of her and Sam did a masterful job to dodge him. Billy in the #86, also had to avoid the #37 as he tried to make his way to the infield. The rest of the feature was uneventful as the field had strung out and there was lots of lapped traffic. Billy would hold on to lead all 25 laps and take the win in the Artik Ice #86, Samantha crossed the line in 6th, followed by Scott in 7th, and Jake 17th.
Next up for Billy in the #86 is a trip to Varney Speedway on Saturday, May, 25th where the pit gates open at 5:00pm and racing is set to start at 7:00 pm. The #22, #44, and #81 will return to Flamboro Speedway where the pit gates open at 4pm, the Grandstand gates at 5pm, and the racing begins at 6:30 pm.