With three of the four Spira‐Lucas Oil cars ready to load for over a week due to last weekend’s rain‐out, the only pre‐race work was to ready the #86 from yesterday’s 3rd place finish for Billy at Delaware Speedway. The team made short work of readying the #86 and arrived at the track in plenty of time for the two practice sessions.
Billy, Samantha and Scotty all experienced a push in the centre of the corners during practice and varying adjustments were made to all three cars to improve the condition for the heat races. Jake was happy with the handling of the #22 Process Group Mustang and he was the only car to line up in the first of three heat races, where he would start on the pole. Jake was very smooth as the field took the green flag for the 10 lap race and once he moved out front by himself, ran flawlessly throughout the caution free race to pick up his second heat win of the season. The 11 year old rookie continues to improve on a weekly basis and should soon move up the points ladder.
Samantha was also the only Spira car in the second heat, where she started 7th. Sam passed the #35 for 6th on the 4th lap and then the #01 and #75 on the next lap into 3rd behind the #61 but well behind the #50 who well out front. Racing side by side through the final corners with the #61, Samantha took over the position at the line to finish second. Scotty started on the pole with Billy 5th for the third and final heat race. Scott fell into 2nd and then got help from another car to send him back to 5th as Billy gained a position to finish 4th.
Jake lined up on the pole for the 25 lap feature followed by Samantha in 10th, Scott in 11th and Billy 15th. Jake led the field like a veteran through the first ten laps until he was caught and passed by the #31. Billy moved into 3rd as Jake continued to fall back in the outside lane. Scotty had moved up five positions through the same laps into 5th and Sam moved up to run 8th. Three laps later, the #31 got by the #13 into the lead, however before Billy could complete the pass and take over second, the caution came out for the #37 that spun on his own and unfortunately collected Samantha in the #81, Sam limped the #81 into the pits were the crew from Steve Laking’s #44 late model, along with Wade Watson, Mark Dennis, and Jim Simmons rushed to change a flat left front tire, pull out sheet metal on all 4 corners and send her back out to join the field before the restart. Billy did get by the #13 on the restart to take over second, however was not able to catch the #31 who came away with the win. Scotty had a great run and finished 5th, Jake fell just outside the top ten to finish 12th and Samantha worked her way up to 19th from the flat tire that sent her to the back of the field. Upon further inspection with Sam complaining that the car would not turn, a broken tooth on the steering rack was found post‐race due to the contact, so for her to complete the 30 lap feature was quite an accomplishment.
In other news, it was teammate Steve Laking winning the first segment of the Grisdale Triple Crown as he qualified and kept his Boucher & Jones Chevy up front to win the 75 lap Late Model event.
Next up for the Spira Team will be a double race weekend that starts with a trip to Flamboro Speedway on Saturday June 15th and then a trip north to Sunset Speedway the following day for a 30 lap invitational event. Billy was previously scheduled to run at Sunset Speedway both Saturday and Sunday, however decided to run at Flamboro on Saturday with the rest of the team. Pit gates open at 4pm, the grandstand gates at 5pm, qualifying at 6:30pm and racing begins at 8pm at Flamboro and pit gates open at 10:00am, the grandstand gates at 12:30pm and racing begins at 3:00pm at Sunset Speedway on Sunday June 16th.