Twin 50 Lap Features Are Always Crazy And Saturday Night Was Proof Of That
Dual features always make for interesting racing and Saturday night was every bit of that.
The day started with three rounds of practice which proved to be a little bit of a struggle for the Polenz Racing Team. They worked on the car before all three rounds and never quite got the car where David was comfortable. David finished about mid-pack in speed every round.
More adjustments were made to the car for qualifying and those adjustments didn't seem to do the trick either, as David timed in a disappointing seventh. That meant David missed the invert and would start seventh in the first 50 lap feature.
Let The Craziness Begin
At the start of the race it didn't take long for problems to arise. Just after the first lap ended there was a wreck coming out of turn two. Fortunately it was behind David. On the next restart there
was more craziness just a few cars behind David, as a couple of cars tangled again. Once the race restarted it looked like it was going to shape up to be a calmer race. That lasted about thirty laps, David was in sixth at that point, then the caution came out when the leaders tangled trying to get around some lap traffic. The leader ended up in the inside wall and the second place car got sent to the back, evidently he was not happy because he parked his car on the front stretch and got out of his car and walked into the pits. He was done for the night and his car was towed to the infield. This now put David in fourth and on the next restart things looked like they were going to improve, but the car in front of David started to spin and came across the track in front of David, who did a good job staying out of it but in turn, he dropped back a spot with just a few laps to go. David ended up finishing fifth.
50 Lap Race #2
More Of The Same
David started the second race in fifth, but once again, it didn't take long for things to get crazy. On the start several cars came together on the front stretch and kept going for about a lap until they wrecked. After that things sorted out pretty well and the race went about twenty five laps before another caution came out. At this point David was in third. On the next restart the car behind David got into his back bumper and shoved him up the banking in turn one and that allowed him to pass David and another car got along side of him. David put up a good fight but this car used up the side of David's car and just about caused another wreck. From there on out David had to just try to finish, the car was beaten and battered and David still brought it home in fifth place.
It was a tough night at the track but David ended up in the top five for both races, unfortunately that wasn't good enough to hold on to the point lead. David is currently second in points at Old Dominion Speedway and hopes to regain his point lead next week in the 75 lap event!