To Da Front – 5/2/13
For the first time in the 2013 season, To Da Front is in full swing. In this recap, we’ll briefly go over the NEMST race at Stafford, as well as the X-Car season opener on 5/1.
Spring Sizzler Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway was a hot and calm day. We showed up, set the car up, ran it over the scales, with some help from Glen Thomas of the #53 car, in the first round of practice the car was hooked up in Stafford’s lone groove. After starting scratch in the heat (because of being underpowered with the X-Car vs Mini Stocks), we got to start scratch for the feature as well.
Off the bat we were 15th in the field of 19 after passing one of the mini stocks around the outside. It was a green to checkered run with Mitch looking high and low to pass the #48 car of Justin King. Eventually the car stuck and we finally had a good run down the front straight when the leaders decided to show up. After getting all tangled up in that mess of lead lap cars, we surrendered 14th back to 16th when the 48 passed him back as well as the 07.
With about 2 laps to go, Mitch tried to follow Pete under the 48, but to no avail. White flag lap Mitch made a move down low coming out of four and missed it at the line by just a hair for a 16th place finish.
Stafford Video by NEMST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXo2QMRgGCI
We started off the Wednesday season with fantastic weather as 30 cars appeared for the opener. Mitch pulled chip number 43 forcing us a starting position in the rear. While picking through the field, mostly on the outside but also a few moves on the inside, we were looking just outside of the top 10 when a caution came out. On the restart we were quickly 3 wide exiting turn 2 and that slightly slowed our charge to the front of the field.
On the last green flag run, we tried to work the high line around the 03 of Chris Thomas but the traffic was so heavy that it was a difficult task to say the least. On a successful night in our books, we crossed the line in 8th place. Given the high car count, the race was relatively clean, and our hats are off to all the drivers who helped keep it that way.
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Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT X-Car and the #97CT NEMST car, is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).