PETERSEN MEDIA- Though he didn’t have the results that stand our during his first attempt and Indiana Midget Week, Isaac Chapple is still pleased with how he progressed, and what his team learned.
“I am really happy with what we learned all week, and with the speed that we gained,” he said. “We have been pretty bad in time trials all year, and we put some good qualifying runs together, and then had some bad luck mixed in with some driver errors.”
With Wednesday’s scheduled event at Gas City being rained out, the IMW opener was pushed back to Thursday night as Chapple and his CFH Enterprises/AR Jackson Plumbing/Browns Roofing team invaded the Lincoln Park Speedway.
Getting off to a rocky start in time trials on the heavy and rough surface, Chapple found himself in the back of his heat race, and got better as the race went on.
Though he gained a few spots, he was forced into the B Main, and starting deep in the field, Chapple finished in the 14th spot, and his night was over.
Back in action on Friday night at the lightning fast Bloomington Speedway, Chapple’s night got off to a great start as he timed the Quality Walls and Ceilings/VMS Motorsports/Ultimate Off Road entry in sixth fastest, putting him in the third row of his heat race.
With a car slowing in front of him, Chapple got on the binders hard, and spun his machine to a stop to avoid contact, but he was forced to the back of the pack.
Having to run the B Main again, Chapple struggled early as he couldn’t get a handle on his machine, and slipped back, missing the transfer spot.
“We were pretty happy with how we timed in at Bloomington especially since that has been a huge problem for us,” he said. “We just were unable to capitalize on it, but it was something to build on.”
Saturday night the scene shifted to the Lawrenceburg Speedway and Chapple again timed well as timed in 14th fastest. Heat race action saw Chapple make a slight mistake in the transfer spot, and he was unable to rebound, and was forced into the B main.
When the B Main went green, Chapple’s engine didn’t take off like he had hoped, and as it stumbled, he lost a few spots at the start of the race, and was forced to play catch up.
Doing all he could, Chapple was able to get most of the spots back, but he came up just one spot short of transferring into the feature event.
The grueling week came to a close on Sunday night at the Kokomo Speedway, and Chapple kicked the finale off timing in 23rd quickest.
Starting on the pole of his heat race, Chapple ran second to Christopher, but successfully earned a spot in the feature event.
Lining up 18th in the feature, Chapple was on the move early as he worked on the thick Kokomo cushion.
On the ninth lap, Chapple found trouble as he hit the cushion wrong, and tipped his machine over, ending his first Indiana Midget Week.
“It looked like we were going to close out our week with a complete night at Kokomo, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be,” he explained. “ I cannot thank all of the good people and companies who support us, and a huge thanks to Jason, John, Keith, and my dad for working so hard all week.”
Isaac Chapple Racing would like to thank CFH Enterprises, AR Jackson Plumbing, Brown’s Roofing, Quality Walls and Ceilings, VMS Motorsports, Ultimate Off Road, Paint By Steve and Gale Enameling, and Indy Race Parts for their support.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 13, Wins- 0, Top-5’s-2, Top-10’s-2
ON TAP: Chapple will take a bit of a break before returning to action on June 29th at the Tri State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN with the POWRi Series.
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