PETERSEN MEDIA: Andy Gregg and his GUTS Racing team made the return trip to the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA over the weekend for the 22nd Annual Trophy Cup, and went a wild two days of racing came to a head, Gregg’s night ended in the B Main event.
“We just struggled to find speed all weekend long, and with this format you have to be pretty strong every time you hit the track,” Gregg said.
Thunderstorms on Thursday night forced Friday to become a Day-Night double header. Timing his GUTS/ARP Enterprises/Capitol Ace Hardware No. 16x machine in 23rd fastest for the Thursday portion of the show.
Able to race his way to the heat race win, Gregg would move into the 30-lap feature event, where he would take the green flag from the 20th starting position. Though the race was ran during the hot and humid Tulare, CA afternoon, the track stayed in great shape was very racy.
From the 10th row, Gregg was able to move forward a few positions. Though he struggled to get going how he had hoped, Gregg would end the opening night feature event with a 17th place finish.
Qualifying again after the first feature, the Placerville, CA driver would time in 10th fastest during his qualifying flight. Lining up in the third row of his heat race, Gregg would turn in a very strong performance as he surged his way forward to finish in the second spot behind Mitch Faccinto.
Though he had a strong run, he would still have to go through the B Main, where he lined up in the fourth spot. In the opening laps of the race, Gregg would feel a vibration in his machine that didn’t seem right, and we would pull into the infield, and his night would come to a close.
Sitting 28th in points heading into Saturday, Gregg would finish in the fifth spot of his heat race, and still have to go through the “B” main for one final shot to move into the 50-lap A Main.
Battling for a transfer spot in the semi, Gregg would feel hard contact from a fellow driver’s right-rear tire, and would cause him to get into the fence and cause damage to his machine.
Trying to fight back for a few laps, Gregg would eventually pull off of the racing surface, and his Trophy Cup would conclude.
“I had hopes of running better than we did, but we had some struggles,” Gregg said. “I have to thank my guys for heading down with me, and hopefully we can sneak another night of racing in before the season ends.”
Andy would like to thank GUTS, ARP Enterprises, Capitol Ace Hardware, K&N, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, FK Shocks, Wilwood, , and Nail It Roofing for their support in 2015.
ON TAP: Gregg is hoping to make it to the Stockton Dirt Track on November 7th for the PMG Season Finale event.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-29, Wins-3, Top 5’s-11, Top 10’s-16
STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Andy by following him on twitter @andygregg53.
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