By MANDEE PAUCH RELATIONS
Jimmy Phelps and Max McLaughlin had a strong start at their home tracks this past weekend at Brewerton and Fulton Speedway for their season openers.
“We had two good nights,” Phelps noted. “Both nights the tracks were really tough.”
Phelps started second and finished second in his heat race, placing him in the second row on the outside for the main event.
“We were pretty even with Larry (Wight),” Phelps said, who won Friday’s main event. “It was one of those deals where if he hit a hole wrong we were right there but I’m kind of just happy that we survived.”
Phelps closed out the night with a solid second place finish.
“Saturday night was smooth, just really wet and narrow,” mentioned Phelps. “You just had to be on the top. You could make some ground up early, which we did. We got up to third. We did run the bottom and tried to carry enough speed to clear the guy but about halfway through the race the bottom started giving up and it became one lane.”
After a double file restart and falling back to the fourth spot, Phelps crossed the line in fourth.
Teammate McLaughlin had a rough start to his weekend on Friday night at Brewerton. McLaughlin was set to start on the pole of his heat race but was forced to start at the rear after having trouble starting the car.
“I climbed into the car and kicked the starter wire off,” McLaughlin said. McLaughlin was able to make it out in time but unfortunately ran into some more bad luck. “A car spun in front of me in the heat and I hit him so we had to change the front axle and a bunch of parts.”
McLaughlin rolled out in 20th for the main event. “The car was really good,” McLaughlin said. “It was mostly green flag. We could put our car just about anywhere. If they were running high we could pass them on the bottom, if they were running the bottom I could pass them on the top.”
Despite a rough start to his night, McLaughlin bounced back and drove through the field to cap off the night with a fifth place finish.
McLaughlin kicked off Saturday with a second place finish in his heat after starting fourth.
“I was running fourth in the feature when we got wrecked,” McLaughlin said. “The car wasn’t bad. It had more cosmetic damage than anything.”
McLaughlin noted he only had eight laps remaining in the feature after his incident on the track. “We went from 19th to 13th after that. We were at least a top three car. We had some terrible luck but we were fast enough to win both nights. It’s a good start.”
The HBR team will be making their trip South to Bridgeport Speedway on Tuesday, May 16th for the second Super DIRTcar Series race of the season.
HBR QUICK RESULTS
May 12 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: 2 (2); Feature: 2 (4)
May 13 – Fulton Speedway; Heat: 3 (5); Feature: 4 (9)
May 12 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: 7 (10); Feature: 5 (20)
May 13 – Fulton Speedway; Heat 2 (4); Feature: 13 (5)
HBR SEASON STATS –
5 races – 3 top fives, 5 top 10’s
5 races – 3 top fives, 3 top 10’s
UP NEXT –
Tuesday, May 16 – Bridgeport Speedway
MEDIA LINKS –
The HBR team has apparel available for sale at their racecar trailer during events they compete in this season.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHTS –
JIMMY PHELPS’ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – JRi Shocks
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“It’s nice to know we have a company we can rely on to provide us with the best quality components,” Phelps noted. “They’re always a phone call away. It’s been a really good relationship the past couple of seasons.”
Phelps would also like to thank J&B Installations, Mohawk Northeast, JRI Shocks, Teo Pro Car, Strange Oval, Winters Performance, Bob Bruneau, Simpson Race Products, VP Fuels, Fragola Performance Systems, Jones Racing Products, Wilwood , FK Rod Ends, Cobra Motorhomes, Bert Transmissions, Eibach, Industrial, Tire of CNY, Driven Racing Oil and Arts Radiator for their continued support.
MAX MCLAUGHLIN’S SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Teo Pro Car
For information on Teo Pro Car, visit www.teopro.com.
“I’ve been very happy with the car this year,” McLaughlin said. “The continued support from Teo has been outstanding. I wouldn’t want to work with anybody else.”
McLaughlin would also like to thank Textron Off Road, Mohawk Northeast Inc., Simpson Race Products, Wienerschnitzel, Just Let Me Do It Commercial Services, Eibach Springs, Max Papis Inc., HBR, Bob Bruneau, Nitro Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Winters Performance Products, Hoosier, Cobra, TEO Pro Car, Pro Bar, Strange Oval, JRI Shocks, Absolute Audio, Fragola Performance Systems, Wilwood, Lincoln Electric, VP Racing Fuel, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Bert Transmission, ASI Racewear, Swindell Speed Lab, Walker Performance Filtration Systems, HD Designs, Torie Costa Foundation and Butler Built Seats for their continued support.
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