PETERSEN MEDIA: Bolting his 410ci engine under the hood of his GUTS Racing No. 16 machine, Andy Gregg would finish third at the Silver Dollar Speedway before mechanical issues plagued him on Saturday night with the King of the West Series.
“It was fun to get back and do a little 410ci racing,” Andy Gregg said. “Friday night we were in the hunt and led some laps, but on Saturday we had some mechanical issues hamper us and knock us out of the race.”
Checking in at the Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night, Gregg timed the GUTS/Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Angius and Terry LLP backed No. 16 machine in third quickest in qualifying time trials before racing his way to a fourth place finish during his heat race.
Pulling the two pill during the redraw, Gregg would line up on the front row of the feature event alongside long time rival, Andy Forsberg. With the waiving of the green flag, Gregg jumped out to the early lead though he would have Forsberg breathing down his neck.
Leading the opening circuits, Gregg would see Forsberg get around him using the high side of the Speedway and he would fall back into the second spot. Keeping pace with Forsberg, the caution would fly on the 16th lap and bunch the field up.
With Bud Kaeding on his tail, Gregg would have his hands full as the duo battled for the second spot with Kaeding getting the better of the two on the 18th lap, putting Gregg back into the third spot.
Another late race caution would set up a shoot out to the finish. With the lead duo going at it, Gregg would close up on them as they raced side by side but would finish in the third spot on this night.
Traveling to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night to make his first KWS start of the season, Gregg timed the ARP Enterprises/Capitol Ace Hardware/New Gen Landscape machine in second fastest during time trials.
Running fourth in his heat race and seventh in the Dash, the Placerville, CA driver would grid the field from the fourth row for the 30-lap feature event.
Gregg’s feature would be short lived as he would have a mechanical issues with his rear-end on the 11th lap knock him out of the feature event while running inside the Top-10.
“It just kind of goes with the year we continue to have,” Gregg said. “Luckily we were able to have a really good night on Friday night, before bad luck knocked us out of what was looking to be another good night on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who continues to support us and lend a hand on this car.”
Andy would like to thank GUTS, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Angius and Terry LLP, ARP Enterprises, Capitol Ace Hardware, New Gen Landscape, Broadband Agreements, K&N, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, FK Shocks, Wilwood, Arnold’s For Awards, CTL Forest Management, Empire Works, Ice House Resort, Ervin Sales, EMI, Watson Cattle, Wally’s Pizza Bar, Myers and Sons Dry Wall, K&T Custom Fab, Amerikote, Pony Express Service, and Nail It Roofing for their support in 2016.
ON TAP: Gregg is hoping to return to action on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway for the 11th Annual Mark Forni Classic.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-16, Wins- 0, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-6
STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Andy by following him on twitter @andygregg53.
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