Heat Race Bobble Sets Gregg Behind at Placerville Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA: Andy Gregg and his Russell Motorsports team returned to action on Saturday night as they took on the Civil War Series Presented by Flowmaster as the series invaded the Placerville Speedway.

“We had an awesome start to the night, but unfortunately a heat race bobble did us in, and we were unable to take advantage of a dash spot, and opted to try some things in the feature event,” Andy Gregg explained.

23 cars packed into the Placerville Speedway to race in front of a capacity crowd for the sixth round of the 2015 Civil War Series. Gregg got off to a great start his he set the standard in time trials aboard his Capitol Ace Hardware/Thompson’s Toyota/New Gen Landscape Management No. 14r.

Lining up in the second row of his heat race, a car could would out of shape in front of the Placerville, CA driver and as he bobbled to avoid contact, he would slip back through the field, and finish in the seventh position.

“It was a bummer to not put our car in the dash, but it was what it was, and we continued to get ready for the feature event,” Gregg added.

Lining up in the fifth row for the 30-lap feature event on an extremely slick Placerville Speedway surface, Gregg and company elected to experiment with some set up options, as they are not racing with the series for points in 2015.

From his fifth row starting spot, Gregg would attack the high-side of the speedway in the early goings as he looked to make headway in front of his hometown crowd. On the seventh lap, Gregg would get into turn three and four and little to hot, and get out of shape and bring his machine to a stop.

After a quick trip to the work area, Gregg would restart the race from the tail end of the field, and with something still not right, he would head back to the work area when the red flag flew on the 12th lap.

Again, restarting from the back, Gregg would search around the Placerville Speedway for grip, until the 22nd lap when the leaders approached him. Rather than race with the leaders and change the outcome of the race, Gregg elected to call it a night and pull his machine off the speedway.

“We tried some things in the feature event, and they just did not work how we had hoped,” Gregg said. “The guys did a great job in the work area on getting the car back on the track, but once the leaders caught me, I felt it was best to call it a night. We have some great supporters behind this team, and we will look to get this car back up front on Saturday night.”

Andy and the Russell Motorsports team would like to thank Capitol Ace Hardware, Thompson’s Toyota, New Gen Landscape Management, Nail It Roofing, Carroll Russell Bookkeeping, Arnold’s For Awards, Goodwin Trucking, Farrell Design-Build Inc., HJS Consulting, Poor’s Equipment Repair, CTL Forrest Management, K&T Fab, K&N Products, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, GUTS, Amsoil, Wilwood, Amerikote, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Factory Kahne Shocks, Hinchman Indy, and Hansen Machine for their support in 2015.

ON TAP: Gregg and the Russell Motorsports No. 14r team will be back at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.

2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-7, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-4

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