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Mechanical Woes Hamper Gregg During Trophy Cup Finale

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PETERSEN MEDIA: Heading down to Tulare, CA over the weekend for the 21st Annual Trophy Cup, Andy Gregg put a nasty Thursday night flip behind him as he ran fifth in the Friday night feature, before mechanical woes hampered him all night on Saturday night.

“It was a real bummer to have mechanical issues on Saturday night,” Gregg said. “We took a tough tumble on Thursday night, got it back together, and on Friday we ran really well and sat seventh in points heading into Saturday night, and things went south right at the ends of hot laps.”

After taking a nasty flip in the Thursday night C Main, Gregg came back on Friday night with a chip on his shoulder as he timed his Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Capitol Ace Hardware/Thompson’s Auto Care backed No. 14r machine in third fastest, putting him in the third row of his heat.

With the top-two point earners in each heat transferring through, Gregg’s fourth place effort in heat race action got the job done, as he transferred to the feature event, and found himself in the second row for the 30-lap preliminary feature event.

With Colby Copeland jumping out to the early lead, it was Gregg moving into the second spot, as he chased after Roseville, CA driver. Working the bottom of the speedway, Gregg was able to get under Copeland to take the race lead on the extremely slicked off surface.

With a couple of caution flags sprinkled in middle of the feature, Gregg was able to continue to lead, but Copeland was all over him. On the 23rd lap, Copeland was able to get back to the top spot out of turn four just before the yellow flew on the 24th lap.

The ensuing restart, saw Gregg lose a couple of positions as he would wind up finishing with in the fifth spot, but sat seventh in the overall standings heading into Saturday night.

Coming out for hot-laps on Saturday, Gregg’s machine showed really good speed during his session, but as the session came to a close something went south under the hood.

As his crew worked feverishly they were unable to make the call for his heat race. Borrowing an engine from Matt Barber, changing various parts and pieces, they could not get power in Gregg’s machine. Trying one last thing before the feature event, the car was able to fire and Gregg, who was still locked into the main, was able to go.

The fix lasted for three laps, until the machine quit again on the third lap, and Gregg’s night came to and end.

“I really have to thank my guys for working so hard after our crash on Thursday, and everyone who had their hands on this thing on Saturday night,” Gregg said. “We still are not sure what went wrong, but it meant a lot to have so much help. I have to thank Matt Barber for lending us his engine, as he thought ours went south. I have to thank the Russell family for letting us come down here. It is a bummer, but now we just move on to Stockton.”

Gregg and the Russell Motorsports team would like to thank Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Capitol Ace Hardware, Thompson’s Auto, Carroll Russell Bookkeeping, Arnold’s For Awards, Goodwin Trucking, Farrell Design-Build Inc., K&N, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, GUTS, Amsoil, Wilwood, Amerikote, 101.9 The Wolf, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, and HJS Consulting for their support this season.

Andy would like to thank Miller Fortune, Poor’s Equipment Repair, K&N, FK Rod Ends, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, FK Shocks, Wilwood, Capitol Ace Hardware, 95.7 The Wolf, CTL Forrest Management, Nail Roofing, Meyers and Sons Drywall, Ervin Sales Group, Hansen Machine, K&T Fab, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Amerikote, and Hinchman for their support in 2014.

ON TAP: Gregg plans to be in action on November 1st at the Stockton Dirt Track with the Civil War Series and King of the West Series.

2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-45, Wins-2, Top 5’s-19, Top 10’s-23

STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Andy by following him on twitter @andygregg53.

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