PETERSEN MEDIA: Andy Gregg found himself having a busy weekend as he piloted a Brown-Eagle Motorsports entry on Friday night in Chico, CA and the VP Racing machine on Saturday night in Watsonville, CA at the Johnny Key Classic.
“It was probably the first time in my career that I have ran at two different tracks for two different car owners in one weekend, and I had a blast,” Andy Gregg said. “Very appreciative to Brian Brown and Jacob Pacheco for both giving me opportunities to race.”
Gregg kicked his busy weekend off on Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway as he took part in the Tyler Wolf Memorial.
Timing the Brown-Eagle Racing No. 01jr entry in fastest in his qualifying group, the Diamond Springs, CA driver would finish third in his heat race to make himself eligible for the redraw.
Pulling the three-pill, Gregg would find himself in the second row for the 25-lap feature event. Jumping into second when the race came to life, Gregg pounced on lap three as he took command of the race.
While out front, behind him the charge was on as his good buddy Andy Forsberg was charging forward and setting up for the battle Gregg was hoping for a week prior in Placerville, CA.
With Gregg continuing to lead the way, Forsberg moved into second and veteran drivers battled much to the delight of the crowd. While Forsberg took the lead on the 12th circuit, Gregg then found himself in another hotly contested battle for second with a hard charging Kyle Hirst.
As the duo swapped the spot-on numerous occasions, Gregg would slip back to third as he looked to be well on his way to a podium finish. Taking the white flag in third, Gregg would admittedly make a last lap mistake that cost him a spot as he closed Friday night out with a fourth-place finish.
Saturday night Gregg made the trip to Watsonville, CA where he would climb aboard the VP Racing No. 12 machine for the Johnny Key Classic.
Timing in eighth fastest in his group in what was his first night aboard the No. 12 machine, Gregg and crew would continue to work on getting him more comfortable each time he hit the track.
“We had some early issues to work through, but that is kind of why they asked me to come drive for them,” Gregg said.
Finishing seventh in his heat race, Gregg and crew would continue to adjust as they prepared for the 15-lap ‘B’ Main event that offered up for transfer positions to the feature event.
Lining up fourth in the semi, Gregg felt much better in the VP Racing entry when the green flag was displayed. Able to secure the third position, Gregg would hold the spot despite a late race surge from Justyn Cox and Sean Becker. With the finish, he would successfully transfer into the 35-lap feature event.
Taking the green flag from the 23rd starting position, passing would prove to be tough from the rear of the field on the tight confines of the Ocean Speedway. Able to work his way forward a few positions in the early goings of the race, Gregg would lose a lap as the leaders were quick to reach the back of the pack.
Continuing to race and shake out the No. 12 car, rubber would start to go down on the speedway, and Gregg would make the veteran decision to retire to the pit area as he ended the night with a 21st place finish.
“We had some work to do, and I was just really happy to get it comfortable enough where we could put it in the show,” Gregg added. “Again, thankful to both teams for two great opportunities to race.”
Andy would like to thank GUTS, LAL Motorsports, Crane Inspection Agency, Meyers and Son Drywall, Nail it Roofing, CTL Forest Management, ARP Enterprises, Ervin Sales, Aaron Dosh Attorney at Law, Ice House Resort, Classic Fence Co., Triple X, Wilwood, FK Shocks, FK Rod Ends, K&N, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Amerikote, Pony Express Service, Eagle Grit, Sierra Ice, Ford’s Only, MF Inc., and Gilly’s Radiator for their support.
ON TAP: With Saturday’s event at Placerville Speedway cancelled due to the Caldor Fire, Gregg’s next scheduled race is the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout that is in limbo as it is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend at Placerville Speedway.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-16, Wins- 1, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-8
STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Andy by following him on twitter @andygregg53.
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