WOW!! What a weekend! Dustin back in the car after 4 weeks off.
This weekend Dustin finally got back to racing after a long four weeks off. This was due to a rain out on one of the scheduled race days. Dustin was again racing at Southern National Motorsports Park. There were several changes made during the time off between races and it seems as if those changes did not help the car at all. Dustin went out for the first practice and was 5th on the speed chart. We decided to make a few more adjustments and when Dustin went out for qualifying, he ended up qualifying 6th out of 8 cars. We decided to go back to what we started the day with for the race.
When Dustin took the green flag, the key way that holds the rear gear in place came off. He was basically left to coast around the track and into the pits. They put the caution out and never made a lap so Dustin still had a chance. We worked on the car and the field took the green while Dustin was still in the pits but as luck would have it, there was another caution and the first lap was still not completed. We managed to get the rear gear fixed and got Dustin back on the track. He lined up 8th for the restart out of 8 cars. When the green flag dropped, Dustin worked his way up through the field and managed to get to 4th place. There was a late caution but Dustin was not able to make the pass for any other positions.
Again, Dustin is learning to be smoother with the steering wheel and how to run consistent laps on the track. The more time he has in the car, the more he will learn and improve. This made the second week in a row that Dustin had to go to the back of the field and managed to drive his way back to finish 4th. A top three finish is in his future and a win is not far away either.
We were also able to go practice on July 7th. Dustin had the whole track to himself. He turned 135 laps on that day and you could see his ability to be smoother and run the same line every lap get better. You can buy all the parts you want, but you can’t buy seat time. With the racers that he is racing against having over 100 races each under their belts, the only way Dustin can’t get that experience is putting him behind the wheel every opportunity we get. To do this, it takes not only time but money. For this reason, some family members and friends decided to start a fan club for Dustin. This is an effort to support Dustin and his racing. If you are interested in joining the fan club, please send me your address and we will get the membership information out to you. We can really use all the help we can get to keep him and his racing dream a reality. Until, the next update, who needs brakes? They just slow you down.