PETERSEN MEDIA: Looking forward to the USAC Eastern Storm after venturing out east earlier this year, Paul Nienhiser and KO Motorsports would have a rough go over the last week, though the finale at Bloomsburg has them looking forward to their next outing.
“We were really optimistic heading into Eastern Strom after our first trip out east a few months back,” Paul Nienhiser said. “Unfortunately, we had a pretty tough go, but we seemed to run decent on Sunday night and that was a good feeling to wrap up a brutal week.”
Kicking things off at Grandview Speedway, a hot lap miscue would see Nienhiser make hard contact with the wall, and it would result in the team going to a backup car and missing the heat race and time trials.
Lining up last in the ‘B’, the Chapin, IL driver would do some nice wheel work from the back of the pack and put the Cam2 Blue Blood Racing Oil/Roadworks/Peterbilt backed entry in the opening night feature event.
With track conditions creating a narrow groove in the feature, Nienhiser would play it safe on this night as he took what he could get and picked up a 17th place finish.
Last Wednesday night saw the series head to Bridgeport Speedway, where Nienhiser would get off to a much better start as he timed in 11th fastest and lined up in the second row of his heat race.
Battling tough visibility with the setting sun in his heat race, Nienhiser would make a move to get into third, however Jake Swanson was also working the speedway in the same spot and Nienhiser would get into him and send both cars upside down.
“It was really hard to see heading into three, and I honestly had no idea Jake Swanson was there and flat out made a mistake that sent us both upside-down,” Nienhiser said. “I own my mistakes, and appreciate Jake having a cool head about it all, and again I apologize to him and his team.”
Able to make repairs for the B Main, Nienhiser would advance from fourth to pick up the win and transfer into the feature event.
The feature event saw Nienhiser struggle to move forward at times as he capped the night off with a 16th place finish.
Thursday night at Selinsgrove, Nienhiser would admittedly struggle to find grip all night long he would get off to a slow start in time trials as he timed in 19th fastest.
Lining up in the back of his heat race, Nienhiser knew he needed to play it safe and figure things out with no ‘B’ Main necessary on this night. Battling the slick track conditions, Nienhiser’s seventh place finish would line him up 19th in the feature event.
Lining up 19th in the feature event, the slick conditions would continue to make visibility tough throughout the field, and Nienhiser was cautious not to put himself in harm’s way.
Playing it safe, Nienhiser would cap the night off with an 18th place finish.
Saturday night’s event at Port Royal would succumb to rain, and the week-long trip out east would come to a close on Sunday night as the series visited to revamped Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.
Despite having a tough stretch, Nienhiser would get off to a much better start on this night as he was able to time in 10th fastest on a very tricky racing surface.
Picking up a fourth-place finish in his heat race, Nienhiser would find himself in the seventh row to start the feature event.
Working his way forward, Nienhiser would eclipse the Top-10 as he would get up to eighth and fight for the seventh spot. Looking to pick up a couple of more spots on a late restart, Nienhiser would falter a bit as he would fall back to 11th where he would go on to finish and close out the trying week.
“Obviously my confidence dwindled as the week went on, but to finish out the week with a better run on Sunday was the best thing that could have happened,” Nienhiser said. “I really have to thank my KO Motorsports team for all of their hard work over the last week, and I can’t wait to get back to it in Indiana next weekend.”
Nienhiser would like to thank CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil, Roadworks, Peterbilt, Mason Sound, Innovative Design, Bradshaw Custom Pumping, Wessler Bros. Agency, Bob Hawks Auto Body, Fierce Herbicide, Sunstoppers Window Tinting, Engler Machine and Tool, FK Indy, Rider Racing Engines, Kaeding Performance, Smith Titanium Products, Vortex Wings, Signature Signs and Design, and Team Simpson for their continued support.
2021 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-29, Wins-3, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-11
ON TAP: Nienhiser and will be back in action with the Sprint Invaders this weekend as he pilots Scott Bonar’s No. 50 entry Friday in Davenport, IA, and on Saturday at 34 Raceway.
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