RACE: Dick Shirley Championship Night (Late Model Stock)
TRACK: Ace (N.C.) Speedway
DATE: September 21, 2012
GALLAHER BRINGS HOME A TOP-10 FINISH AT ACE (N.C.) SPEEDWAY
> DENVER, NC (September 25, 2012) - Will Gallaher finished ninth in the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) Chevrolet at Ace (N.C.) Speedway on Saturday night. Competing in the Late Model Stock Car division on Dick Shirley Championship Night, it was Gallaher's first top 10 at the 4/10-mile oval in Altamahaw, N.C.
Racing for the very first time at Ace Speedway, Gallaher had just 30 minutes of practice to learn his way around the 4/10-mile oval. Gallaher worked closely with his spotter to learn the best line around the short track while the team focused on the handling of the No. 6 ESR Chevrolet.
The young driver qualified in the 15th position for Saturday night's 100 lap race. While battling through the field early in the event, another competitor made contact with Gallaher's No. 6 Chevrolet. Luckily the machine suffered minimal damage and Gallaher was able to pace himself to continue picking up positions. By the time the checkered flag fell, Gallaher was scored in ninth place.
"This race we really had to work fast to get our bearings sorted out," commented Gallaher. "I had never been to the track and we only had three 10-minute practice sessions before qualifying, so it didn't give us much time to work on the setup. As a result, we had to work our way through the field, but we managed and as always the No. 6 ESR team provided me with the equipment to do so. Overall, I'm happy with the result we ended up with and I'm ready to return to Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend for the Fall Brawl on Saturday night."
Gallaher will return to Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Model division at the Pepsi Fall Brawl presented by Gold King. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $15 with kids 12 & under admitted for free.
RACE: Courtesy Chevrolet 150
TRACK: Lonesome Pine (Va.) Raceway
DATE: September 22, 2012
BRANDON JONES EARNS A TOP-FIVE FINISH AT LONESOME PINE RACEWAY
> DENVER, NC (September 25, 2012) -Brandon Jones overcame adversity on Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va. to earn his third top-five finish of the year in United Auto Racing Association (UARA) STARS competition. Involved in a late-race accident, Jones raced from being one lap down with less than 40 laps remaining to finish in the fifth position.
Racing for the first time at Lonesome Pine Raceway, Jones picked up significantly from first to second practice recording the second-fastest lap time during the final session. Comfortable with his car, Jones went on to post a 16.643-second lap to roll off 12th in the Courtesy Chevrolet 150.
With tires at a premium, the No. 33 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team started the event with a strategy to log laps and save tires until near lap 100. Their strategy didn't work out quite as planned when the team discovered a piece of concrete stuck between the tire and rim during a pit stop near the halfway point. The team had Jones make a series of pit stops under caution to repair the No. 33 ESR Chevrolet while remaining on the lead lap.
Around lap 115, Jones was involved in an accident when another competitor made contact with the No. 33 machine on the front stretch. Jones' Chevrolet suffered mild damage, but the young driver was able to bring his car back down pit road for another series of stops for repairs. During one of the stops, Jones was unable to beat the pace car off pit road and lost one lap to the leaders.
A perfectly timed caution on lap 129 made Jones the recipient of the Lucky Dog award and allowed him to circle back around to the lead lap. With just 15 laps remaining, Jones restarted the race on the lead lap. He fought back through the pack to finish in the fifth position and secure the Pigwire Most Electrifying Move of the Race award.
"I'm really proud of my team for their effort this weekend at Lonesome Pine Raceway," commented Jones following the race. "We had several obstacles to overcome during the race, but we never gave up and we were able to pull off a top-five finish. I can't thank everyone enough for standing behind me all season; I believe that we've all grown as a team and that I've gotten stronger as a driver. I can't wait to get back in the car at Anderson [Motor Speedway] in two weeks."
Jones will be back behind the wheel in the UARA-STARS Series on Saturday, October 6, and Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway.