PETERSEN MEDIA: Andy Gregg and his Russell Motorsports team had a strong showing during three nights of action at the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions that was highlighted by Gregg’s s seventh place finish on Saturday night.
“We had a great week of racing, and I could not be more proud of this entire Russell Motorsports team,” Gregg said. “All three nights we had great speed, and I was very pleased with how things went.”
Wednesday night saw the Placerville, CA driver take on the Civil War Series to open up the week of racing. Timing the Capitol Ace Hardware/Thompson’s Toyota/New Gen Landscape Management No. 14r machine in fastest in time trials.
Finishing second in his heat race, Gregg would finish third in the Dash, putting him in the second row of the 30-lap feature event. With the extremely slick track taking rubber during the early stages of the race, Gregg would run fourth as he chased after Kyle Hirst.
With passing essentially non-existent, Gregg would keep his tires under him as he held on to fourth at the finish line.
Friday night, Gregg would battle with the World of Outlaws, and got off to another great start as he timed the Nail It Roofing/Carroll Russell Bookkeeping/Arnold’s For Awards machine in fifth fastest in his flight before racing his way to a heat race win.
Earning a spot in the Dash by way of his heat win, Gregg would finish second and line up on the front row of the 30-lap feature event. Beating Shane Stewart into turn one, Gregg would push the limits of his car and it would result in him spinning out, and contact would essentially end his night.
“I felt terrible on Friday night,” Gregg said. “I was looking to get a good start and maintain with the World of Outlaws, but I pushed a little too hard and ended our night early.”
Making repairs and returning to action on Saturday night, Gregg would again qualify fifth fastest, but on this night he would finish second in his heat race and not earn a Dash berth.
Lining up in the 11th spot for the 40-lap A Main, Gregg worked his way into the eighth spot before the race’s first caution flew on the 14th lap. The final restart would come on the 16th lap, and Gregg would get by Rico Abreu to take over the seventh spot.
Battling with Logan Schuchart for the sixth spot, Gregg would exchange the spot on a few occasions, but would take the checkered flag, and be the highest finishing California regular, with a seventh place finish.
“To be the highest finishing CA regular is a really cool feeling, especially only having a few 410ci starts this year,” Gregg added. “I really want to thank the Russell’s, my guys, and our sponsors for making this week possible.”