Mandee Pauch Relations – August 15, 2017 – Jimmy Phelps grabbed his second victory of the season Friday night at Brewerton Speedway and the teams third win overall.
The teams’ week opened Tuesday evening at Ransomville Speedway with the Super DIRTcar Series.
Phelps qualified where he started – second, placing him in the top-twelve redraw.
Phelps started on the outside pole for the main event.
“We were actually pretty good early,” he said. “Probably a little too good too early. We led some laps.”
Once the race went on the tires seemed to come into play on the No.98h machine.
“We lost some positions when the tires started to go away,” Phelps said. “We had to race pretty hard on restarts to hold our own. We made some contact and had to go into the pits to change the left rear tire. Things narrowed up so we made it back up to eleventh after that. We weren’t too bad but we didn’t have what we needed to make it all way.”
Teammate, Max McLaughlin, started on the pole and won his heat race by three seconds, locking him into the top-12 redraw.
McLaughlin started on the inside of the sixth row.
“I thought I was overheating during the feature so I pulled in,” he said. “We had a mechanical failure and were able to fix it. I went back out but was a lap down.”
McLaughlin was able to get his lap back and work his way back through the field to finish 14th.
The team then traveled to Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario on Wednesday with the Series.
Phelps finished fifth in his heat from his third-place starting spot.
Phelps rolled off on the outside of the ninth row for the main event.
“We were free right from the beginning,” Phelps said. “We’ve been really struggling on the slick tracks. I thought we were decent enough to hold our own. That place is though. It’s so slippery and slows down so much, which is when the small blocks run better.”
Phelps felt he wasn’t going anywhere. “I started to feel a little bit of a vibration as the leaders started to come up on me. I moved out of the way so I wasn’t in the way so I pulled off around lap 70.”
McLaughlin once again set quick time and won his heat, placing him in the redraw.
McLaughlin rolled off on the pole and led the first thirty laps of the main event but struggled once he caught up to lapped traffic.
“I couldn’t get through lapped traffic as well as the other guys could,” he said. “The small blocks ate me up through lapped traffic but we were able to at least hold on for tenth.”
Phelps closed out the week on a high note for the team at Brewerton Speedway.
Phelps went out and qualified fifth in his heat race, placing him 11th for the feature.
“Come feature time we started 11th and kind of got to the top five pretty quick,” added Phelps. “The race amongst the top five was really good. It was tough to find a gap to get around everyone.”
Phelps worked his way up to second with a few laps remaining and was able to chase down the leader in no time. Phelps found some clear track and was able to make the pass for the lead on the last lap to take home the checkers.
“It’s a little bit of a relief,” Phelps said. “More or less it was a little bit of a moral booster for everyone. I still think we’re in hunt mode trying to get a program back in the right direction. Hopefully we can build some confidence as we go through this final stretch of the season. After being pretty competitive at Ransomville and then coming back to get a win at Brewerton from mid pack was definitely a booster.”
McLaughlin finished where he started in the heat race – fourth, lining him up eighth for the main event.
“I was no good,” McLaughlin said. “It was tough but we finished.”
McLaughlin held on for an eighth-place finish.
The team was set to run at Fulton Speedway on Saturday but was canceled due to rain.
The HBR team will have a nice two-day race week this week. The team will be at Brewerton Speedway on Friday and Fulton Speedway on Saturday.
HBR QUICK RESULTS
August 8 – Ransomville Speedway; Heat 2 (2); Feature: 11 (2)
August 9 – Merrittville Speedway; heat 5 (3); Feature: DNF (18)
August 10 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: 5 (5); Feature 1 (11)
August 8 – Ransomville Speedway; Heat 1 (1); Feature: 14 (8)
August 9 – Merrittville Speedway; heat 1 (1); Feature: 10 (8)
August 10 – Brewerton Speedway; Heat: Feature; 8 (8)
HBR SEASON STATS –
39 races – 2 wins, 17 top fives, 26 top 10’s
39 races – 14 top fives, 23 top 10’s
UP NEXT –
Friday, August 18 – Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, August 19 – Fulton 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 – Strange Oval
Strange Oval is a division of Strange Engineering, an industry leading company that has been manufacturing driveline and suspension components for all forms of racing and hi-performance vehicles since 1964. For more information on Strange Oval, visit www.strangeoval.com.
“Their driveline and axel components are second to none,” Phelps said. “They offer a wide variety of tuning capabilities that definitely give their customers an advantage”
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 – Simpson Race Products
Simpson Race Products is an American motorsports parts supplier. They supply gloves, helmets, harness systems, driver’s suits, head restraints, shoes and more to racers at local tracks and international teams. For more information, visitwww.simpsonraceproducts.com.
“I can’t thank Simpson enough for their awesome products that keep me safe every time I strap into a race car,” McLaughlin said.
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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