Tough Night For Polenz at ODS
The day got off to a rough start with an engine misfire on the first lap of practice. The crew immediately had David pull in to the pits and went to work. The team felt the misfire was being cause by some sort of fuel problem. They took the carburetor off and cleaned it up, replaced the metering block and bolted the carburetor back. The crew also changed the spark plugs to be safe. David headed out for the second round of practice and the misfire was still there. David had to pull into the pits quickly and the team went back to work and ended up replacing the whole carburetor and spark plugs again. The misfire seemed to be gone during the final practice, so the crew prepped the car for qualifying.
David was the second to last car to go out for qualifying. His first lap put him seventh fastest and he was trying to get a little more out of the car, when he entered turn one too hard and messed up his second lap. While David was a little disappointed he was not too upset because with the invert and the fact that we won last week had him starting sixth. The extra effort only cost him one spot and the inside row is usually better then the outside row at the start of the race.
100 Lap Race
Heading into turn one at the start of the race a couple of cars tangled in front of David, but he managed to miss the wreck. The track red flagged the race to allow the cars involved to fix their cars and return to the race. On the next restart there was another incident and once again David missed the wreck and once again the track red flagged the race to allow the cars involved to work on their car and return to the race. This time the car involved in the wreck was given his spot back and he restarted in front of David. Finally on the next restart everything went better. Once all the cars made it through turn one the racing became very fun to watch. On the second or third lap after the restart David radioed in and told the team the engine misfire was back. Despite the bad news, David managed to drive the car and kept himself in the race. He worked his way up as high as third with an ill-running engine but at the end he had to settle for fourth place. It was a long 100 lap race for David but he drove his heart out and still got a top five finish. This finish also helped him expand his point lead at ODS. He now holds a 19 point lead over second place.
The Polenz crew worked hard on the car Saturday night after the races and determined they would not be able to get the car fixed in time to go to the Monday race at Shenandoah Speedway. The team will be in the shop will be working hard to get the car fixed and running right during the week in order to be ready for next Saturday's race at ODS. Please continue to check their website for an update to the schedule.