PETERSEN MEDIA: In search of his first win of the 2015 season, Andy Gregg came oh-so-close on Saturday night as he went toe-to-toe with Greg DeCaires during the duration of the 25-lap feature event where he would finish in the second spot by mere inches.
“We have a great team put together, and we are getting stronger every week I feel,” Gregg said. “We had an awesome car on Saturday night and it was a really good race overall.”
Gregg would get his night off to a very strong start as he timed the Capitol Ace Hardware/Thompson’s Toyota/New Gen Landscape Management No. 14r machine in quickest in time trials to earn the ADCO Drive Line Quick Time award.
Lining up in the second row of heat race competition, Gregg would muscle his way to a second place finish before pulling the one pill during the redraw, putting the Nail It Roofing/Carroll Russell Bookkeeping/Arnold’s For Awards machine on the pole for the 25-lap feature event.
As the green flag dropped, Gregg would jump out to the early lead, only to see a string of caution flags sow the race’s early progress. Once the race got into a long green flag run, Gregg would jump into the lead and begin to set sail on the field.
Setting a torrid pace out front, Gregg would soon find himself in thick lapped traffic, and he would see his once sizeable lead slowly shrink.
Able to get through traffic and continue to lead the way, Gregg would feel pressure from second running Greg DeCaires on the 15th lap, and the duo would hook up in a very entertaining battle for the race’s top spot.
Keeping his challenger at bay, Gregg would take the white flag as the race leader but saw DeCaires get grip off the bottom of the speedway and claim the race lead. Getting into turn three, Gregg would slide up in front of his competition to reclaim the lead, and as the duo drag raced to the checkered flag, Gregg would come up just inches short and finish in the second position.
After coming up short of the victory, Gregg would add insult to injury and get his machine upside down following the race after contact with another car.
“It was disappointing to come up that short, but I am truly blessed to have such a great team behind me,” Gregg added. “It was a bummer to come up short like that, but it was also a bummer to tear some equipment up after the race. I really want to thank the Russell family and all of our supporters for continuing to stick with us.”
Andy and the Russell Motorsports team would like to thank Capitol Ace Hardware, Thompson’s Toyota, New Gen Landscape Management, Nail It Roofing, Carroll Russell Bookkeeping, Arnold’s For Awards, Goodwin Trucking, Farrell Design-Build Inc., HJS Consulting, Poor’s Equipment Repair, CTL Forrest Management, K&T Fab, K&N Products, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, GUTS, Amsoil, Wilwood, Amerikote, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Factory Kahne Shocks, Hinchman Indy, and Hansen Machine for their support in 2015.
ON TAP: Gregg and the Russell Motorsports No. 14r team will be off this coming Saturday night before returning to action on the 27th back at the Placerville Speedway.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-9, Wins-0, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6
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