Colonial Downs – 8/24/13
I was really excited about going to a new track on the east coast. The track is one of the biggest tracks that we have ever raced on.
Practice went well and we were right there in the top 5, but the track was so fast I wasn’t even lifting off the gas and knew it was going to be hard in the equipment. The bike was acting up all three practices and seemed to be starving for gas.
In the heat race I got an ok start and still the bike was not right and we ended up 5th and had to go to a semi. The crew made the call to run the back up bike for the semi. Off the start in the semi I was 2nd to Baker and we stayed about 5 bike lengths apart and couldn’t catch him. The bike was way better running wise but didn’t handle as well. The team worked hard to fix everything that was wrong for the main event.
Main event I was inside 3rd row…green light went off and started to shift through the gears and missed a shift and was last going into turn 1. I put my head down and started to move forward and the bike felt good. The track changed a lot and was kind of getting brushed off. I worked my way up to 5th. On the last lap I was right on 4th coming out of turn 4 to the checkered flag I tried to draft but came up a little short and ended up 5th. It was an ok day and worked hard to make things better.
We were at the Springfield Mile this past weekend with no rain for once but had to deal with 100 degree temperatures. The track looked really good when we got there and I was ready for a good weekend.
In practice I felt really good and my bike was really fast and could draft whoever. We made changes to make the bike better after every practice and qualified 4th overall.
In the heat race I had fast qualifier Brandon Robinson and was ready to see if I could run with him. I got the hole shot and on the back straight, Robinson drafted me. I stayed right with him the whole race but just couldn’t get him and ended up 2nd.
In the dash for cash I came in 3rd.
Main event time and I was ready to get it on. I got the whole shot but knew I wasn’t going to be out front for long as three or four riders drafted me down the back straight. Robinson ended up getting out front and pulling away. It was a fight for 2nd and no one was giving any room. About half way Smith was in 2nd with 5 riders right on his tail coming off turn 4 and Smith hit his kill switch tearing a tear off, off and every one ran into each other. It was crazy and we were so lucky no one went down. After that we were right back at it like nothing happened. On the last lap I got shuffled back and couldn’t make up the ground and ended up 6th. I was bummed out but knew we had a second chance the next day.
I was ready to have a better day. In practice I was really good and the bike was working well. We just missed being fastest qualifier and qualified 2nd.
Heat race I got the hole shot and checked out. The track was awesome and you could run anywhere on the track.
Dash for cash I came in 2nd.
In the main event I got off second behind Mees and drafted him down the back straight and about 2 others drafted me. This time we didn’t let Robinson get away. The top 5 drafted each other the whole race and I knew 5 laps to go I wanted to be 4th or so. On the white flag going into turn 1 I was in 5th and knew I had to be 2nd coming off 4, so I dove under everyone and was in 2nd going down the back straight but was out of Robinson draft just enough for the guys to draft me going into turn 3, coming off of turn 4 for the checkered flag I was in 4th and stayed there. It was a good weekend and my best finish of the year and I guess I can be happy for that. We have 3 weeks off and then we go to Santa Rosa mile in CA. Thanks to all my sponsor who make this happen for me.
Happy 110th Harley Davidson!!