By BILL FOLEY
Keith Flach was fast on Thursday night at the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
However, even though he was a success on the track the team suddenly faced a major game changing situation.
Prior to the first timed laps Flach indicated, “There was a motor vibration and we knew we had a problem before we went out.”
He went out and turned fast time in his group with a 15.871, but then explained, “I think we scuffed a piston. We had good speed. It was just one of those things. Just something freakish.”
He hopped over into the other team car that was driven in the first round by Austin Langenstein.
He went back out for fast time of his group in the second round for Saturday night.
Keith noted, ”The cars are relatively equal.”
At that point the team was discussing changing a motor and were doing so as the Sprint Cars commenced time trials.
A year ago Keith had a successful trek to Charlotte and said, “We won both heats last year and finished fourth and second.”
He was forced to start in the back of his Friday night heat and explained, ”The surface here can throw you a curve. It is just so fast that it is hard to pass. It’s tough to start in the back of a heat. You have to get what you can take.There is no breathing room whatsoever and you simply can’t make a mistake out there. Time trials are just so important.”
Fortunately Flach was able to race his way in by finishing fifth in his Friday heat race. He won his heat for Saturday night qualifying to lock into a redraw spot.