Sacramento went really well for the team!
We started off by qualifying 3rd overall in the first practice session. The track was very slick, but it was a lot of fun throwing it into the corner.
By the first qualifying session, the track had a small groove on it. I qualified 2nd behind Kyle Johnson.
In the second qualifying session, it was very dry slick and I could hardly see. They watered the track for the second group, so their times were a lot faster. That dropped me to eighth.
I was in the second heat. I came off turn three in third, and noticed that Dominic Colindres's bike had started smoking. I backed off some. By then, I was in seventh. Then, Dominic's bike blew up, and Nate Wait went down going into turn three, and the race was red flagged. In the restart, I got off second to Kyle Johnson and stayed in that position.
In the main, I got a good start. I was leading it, but Dominic drafted by me. I got him back, then led the whole race down to the last two laps. Then, Kyle and I had a good battle. On the last lap, I followed him down the back stretch and into 3 and 4. I tried to draft by him, down the front straight, but came up short by 0.025.
Last weekend was the Grays Harbor Speedway AMA Grand National.
We left on Saturday morning to head up north to Elma, Washington. The track workers prepped the track as if it was a World of Outlaws national. The weather was not the greatest, with a little sea mist that kept the track from drying out. So, the promoter said that he would be willing to run a day race on Sunday.
We woke up around 4:00 AM on Sunday morning to head to the track. We got all set up and went out for the first practice session. The track had so much traction that we were struggling with some pogo-ing and headshake... it blew my feet off the pegs!
In the first qualifying, we were still struggling and qualified 15th. We were going to try and put a stiffer spring on, but there wasn't enough time, so I was going to try ten different things in the second qualifying, because I had nothing to lose, and I was able to qualify 3rd.
That put me 7th overall. We came back in and changed shocks. I was in the first heat, 4th off. I got a decent start and, on the second lap, Hunter Taylor was rubbing on me and he hit a hole. This brought out the red flag.
On the restart, Ryan Wells and I had a good battle towards the end of the race, but I beat him to the line (finishing third).
I sat 5th off, for the main.
I went into 1 in the 11th lap. I had gotten a terrible start, and had a lot of work ahead of me.
A lap later, the red flag came out. On the restart, I came off 4th. That made my job a lot better! I passed Bromley and started to catch Cole Fredrickson. In two laps, I got by him, but I was running about the same pace as Jarod Vanderkooi, and wasn't able to pass him.
I finished a solid second... 6 for 7 podiums!
Stay tuned... our next stop: the Sacramento Mile!