PETERSEN MEDIA: 2016 has been one of those years for Andy Gregg. Not giving up, Gregg and company had a very strong Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway that saw the hometown driver pick up a second place finish.
“It has just been one of those years for us, but we certainly aren’t throwing in the towel,” Andy Gregg said. “Saturday night we had a really good night and picked up a second place finish with was a huge shot in the arm for this team.”
Timing the GUTS/Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Angius and Terry LLP backed No. 16 machine in 13th quickest in qualifying time trials, Gregg would take care of business during his heat race, as the win would give him a berth in the nightly redraw.
Pulling the five pill, Gregg would line the ARP Enterprises/Capitol Ace Hardware/New Gen Landscape machine up in the third row for the 25-lap feature event. On the extremely slick racing surface, Gregg would get off to a good start as he quickly worked his way forward.
Battling with Greg DeCaires and Mason Moore for the third spot, Gregg would get the spot and soon get by Mike Benson as he over took the second spot. Once in second, Gregg would pressure Shane Golobic for the race lead, but a series of cautions would negate his progress.
Though double file restarts would line Gregg up next to Golobic on occasions, Gregg would try everything in his arsenal to get to the race lead, but on this night he would settle for the second spot.
Returning to action on Monday night at the Placerville Speedway, Gregg would continue to show speed as he would set the standard during qualifying time trials.
On a track that retained moisture during the early goings of the program on this night, Gregg would finish second in his heat race, and again earn a spot in the redraw.
The one pill would put Gregg on the front row of the feature event alongside Mike Benson. When the race came to life, the first half would click off in rapid fire pace as Gregg would race in the second spot.
A restart on lap 14 would see Gregg get the jump but as the field came around to complete the lap, a tangle at the back of the pack would force the yellow to fly, and officials would revert back to the previous lap.
Back in the second spot and now in single file formation, Gregg would keep up with Benson as they raced through turns one and two, but moving into three and four Gregg would look to make a move but would lose the handle on his machine.
Going to the back of the pack, Gregg would get back to the 11th spot in the race’s final 11 laps to close out his weekend.
“We had an awesome car both nights, and I just made a little mistake on Monday night that hurt us,” Gregg said. “I have to thank my guys and our partners for continuing to stick with me despite our rough year.”
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 will be back in action on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-11, Wins- 0, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-3
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