PETERSEN MEDIA: The Fall Nationals in Chico, CA have been a feast or famine event for Andy Gregg the last few years. During the 2014 event, Gregg was involved in a nasty wreck during the opening night Dash, before going to a back up car and finishing in the Top-10 during the finale, and 2015 saw Gregg have issues during both feature events that knocked him out of competition.
“The last few years the Fall Nationals have been interesting for me,” Gregg said. “Friday night we had some contact early in the race that forced us back to the pit area, and on Saturday we had a fuel issue end our weekend. It was tough, but I have to thank everyone who worked hard all weekend long.”
The 23rd Annual Fall Nationals saw 54 cars check into the pit area on Friday night, and Gregg was able to time his Capitol Ace Hardware/Thompson’s Toyota/New Gen Landscape Management No. 14r machine fourth fastest in his qualifying flight.
Picking up a third place finish during his heat race, the Placerville, CA driver would miss out on a Dash spot, and lined up in the sixth row for the 30-lap preliminary night feature event.
An extremely racy Silver Dollar Speedway on this night, saw Gregg get off to a great start and quickly work his way inside the Top-10. Getting up into the sixth spot in just eight laps, contact with another competitor would leave Gregg’s machine damaged beyond repair in the work area, and his night would come to a close.
Returning to the speedway on Saturday night with 55 other competitors, Gregg would again lay down a great lap in time trials, as he timed the Nail It Roofing/Carroll Russell Bookkeeping/Arnold’s For Awards entry in fourth fastest in his flight again.
Just like he did on Friday night, Gregg would pick up a third place finish during his heat race, but on this night he would find himself in the Dash, where he would finish eighth.
Lining up in the fourth row for the 40-lap Fall Nationals feature event, Gregg would maintain his position in the Top-10 as he worked the bottom of the speedway as a strong windstorm made things tough on the drivers. On the 12th lap, Gregg would develop a fuel leak, and this issue would again force him back to his pit area with his night again over prematurely.
“Weekends like this are always frustrating, especially when you have to end your night while running well,” Gregg added. “I hate it for my guys, and this team, but sometimes things are out of your control, and now we will focus on our next race together.”
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 is hoping to tow his personal No. 16x machine to the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA this Saturday night to battle with the King of the West Series.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-25, Wins-3, Top 5’s-11, Top 10’s-16
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