With Western Springs not being my favourite place to race we weren’t intending to race there this summer but there was really only one thing attracting me to race there. The opportunity to take on Donny Shatz & Sammy Swindel who I would rate as the two best sprintcar drivers in the world & I get to race them both in the same night. The excitement of the challenge must have been too much as I didn’t really have the best of nights & wasn’t as smooth as i could have been. Brains went out the window.
Heat 1. Started grid 2 with Donny right behind me on 4, awesome. Got a good start & lead for 9 & 3/4 laps only to give up the lead in the last corner before the chequered.( I kicked myself for the rest of the week. ) In the last two laps I had been putting up a good challenge but some water had been splashed onto the low line in turn 3 that messed me up & got me out of rhythm.
Heat 2. A good run from grid 14 throught to 6th.
This meant I was fifth highest qualifier ( 2nd highest kiwi) & had to take on Sammy in a pole shuffle shoot out, as he was sixth qualifier. I got the start all wrong as I allowed myself to be two low on the track. I figured I would get good drive off the turn but when I stood on the gas the right rear got traction but the left rear didn’t, winding me on to the grass & loosing the chance to compete. Result from that I had to start grid 6 for the feature.
Feature. I don’t think we were going to have a winning car for this race but we were in there. We had a caution after a few laps & I wasn’t ready for the restart. I had loosened my belts a bit to relax & get some air & wasn’t ready for the green. Once we got going I was furiously trying to race & tighten belts as well as defend my position as there was pressure being applied behind me. I got totally caught out when I came off turn 4 & slaped the wall , then coasted to the in field. Race over. Disappointing.