PETERSEN MEDIA: Making the journey to Knoxville, IA to take part in the Knoxville Nationals, Andy Gregg kicked his journey off by making the B main during the Arnold Motors 360 Nationals.
“Knoxville is a very tough place, and we ran well in our prelim, and kind of struggled on Saturday night, but we are having a blast, and can’t thank everyone enough for all of their support,” Gregg said.
Kicking his week off on Thursday night, Gregg timed his Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Capitol Ace Hardware/Thompson’s Auto Care No. 14R machine 24th quickest with 47 cars in the house for the opener.
Starting on the front row of his heat, Gregg would lose a spot to Davey Heskin, and finish third, but locked himself into his first ever Knoxville Raceway feature event.
Lining up in the seventh row of the feature event, Gregg was able to hold his own against some of the country’s best 360 winged sprint car drivers, as he raced with the likes of Jonathan Cornell, Ryan Roberts, and Danny Jennings, as they battled for the 11-14 positions.
When the checkered flag flew on the Thursday night feature event, Gregg crossed the stripe in the 14th spot, and would turn into a spectator for Friday night’s event.
With Friday’s event complete, Gregg found himself in the sixth row of the 15 lap B main event, with the Top-Four finishers moving into the feature event.
When things went green, Gregg with battle with Roberts and Matt Covington, as he slowly drifted back.
Searching around the speedway for something to grip on to, and move forward, Gregg would slip back to a 19th place finish, ending his 360 Nationals.
“I was hoping we could have a better run in the B, but we cannot hang our heads in our first ever 360 Nationals showing,” he said. “There were a ton of good cars here, and we were pretty happy with making our prelim feature, and putting it in the B.”
Getting his first taste of 410ci action at the Knoxville Raceway on Sunday night for the Capitani Classic, Gregg timed his Miller Fortune/Poor’s Equipment Repair/Autism Awareness entry in 57th fastest with 71 entries in the pit area for the final tune up for the Knoxville Nationals.
Lining up in the sixth row of his heat race, Gregg would finish in the 12th spot, putting himself in one of the night’s twin B main events.
Lining up 19th in the first B main, Gregg was able to get 12 more laps under his belt at the famed raceway, as his night would come to an end with an 18th place finish.
“When you start racing against some guys who have a ton of laps at this place the game gets that much more difficult,” Gregg said. “We do not have as much engine as some of these teams do, but we will stick with it, and keep digging. This trip has been a lot of fun, and we are all looking forward to being a part of the Knoxville Nationals.”
Gregg and the Russell Motorsports team would like to thank Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Capitol Ace Hardware, Thompson’s Auto, Carroll Russell Bookkeeping, Arnold’s For Awards, Goodwin Trucking, Farrell Design-Build Inc., K&N, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, GUTS, Amsoil, Wilwood, Amerikote, 101.9 The Wolf, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, and HJS Consulting for their support this season.
Andy would like to thank Miller Fortune, Poor’s Equipment Repair, K&N, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, FK Shocks, Wilwood, Capitol Ace Hardware, 95.7 The Wolf, CTL Forrest Management, Nail Roofing, Meyers and Sons Drywall, Ervin Sales Group, Hansen Machine, K&T Fab, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Amerikote, and Hinchman for their support in 2014.
MERCH: Andy Gregg is excited to announce that he has added Miller Fortune merchandise to his arsenal. With the Knoxville Nationals on his tentative schedule this year, Gregg is hoping fans can show their support by purchasing a shirt or sweatshirt at the track, at www.allthingracingrapparel.com, or www.briancannonmotorsports.com.
ON TAP: Gregg will now take part in the FVP Knoxville Nationals, and will hit the track on Wednesday for his qualifying night. You can tune in and follow Andy via PPV at www.thecushion.com.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-32, Wins-2, Top 5’s-15, Top 10’s-18
STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Andy by following him on twitter @andygregg53.
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