PETERSEN MEDIA: Enduring issues in his Friday night heat race that ultimately hindered the Brown-Eagle Racing team, a series of unfortunate events in the Saturday night feature would end Andy Gregg’s Fall Nationals early.
“Friday night we were definitely disappointed to come up short from making the feature event,” Andy Gregg said. “Saturday night we had a good night going, but we were really unlucky and hit a loose wheel on the track and ultimately ended our night.”
Checking into Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night to open up the Pacific Sprint Fall Nationals, Gregg would time the No. 01 machine in ninth fastest in his qualifying flight amongst the 66 cars that were in attendance.
Heat race action saw Gregg run inside a transfer position; however, he would get over the edge of the track in turn four and make contact with the wall and force him to the work area. Working his way back to the ‘C’, Gregg would get back to ninth which would help his starting position in the ‘C’.
From the front row of the ‘C’, Gregg would pick up the win and extend his night into the ‘B’ Main. Looking to charge his way into one of the four transfer positions, Gregg’s efforts would come up just short as he could only get to seventh before the checkered flag flew.
Returning to the speedway on Saturday night, Gregg would again get off to a quick start at the famed ¼ mile bullring as he timed in 10th fastest on this night with 69 cars on hand for the finale.
Hanging on to the fifth and final transfer position in heat race action, Gregg would safely transfer into the 40-lap feature event where he would take the green flag from the 20th starting position.
Working his way forward from the tail end of the field following a pre-race track grooming session, Gregg would get up to the 15th position just prior to the race’s halfway point.
Though the race was mired with yellow and red flags, Gregg was able to keep his nose clean until the 23rd lap. With another car having issues and losing a wheel, Gregg would come into contact with the wheel down the back stretch, which result in his machine doing a massive wheelie and slamming down causing extensive front-end damage.
The damage would be too much to bounce back from, and Gregg’s weekend came to an end.
“It was a wild way for our weekend to end,” Gregg said. “It was pretty hard contact, and I am still a little sore from it now. It was a bummer weekend for us as we have ran really well in our limited starts at Chico this year, so we had high expectations for ourselves.”
Andy would like to thank GUTS, LAL Motorsports, Crane Inspection Agency, Meyers and Son Drywall, Nail it Roofing, CTL Forest Management, ARP Enterprises, Ervin Sales, Aaron Dosh Attorney at Law, Ice House Resort, Classic Fence Co., Triple X, Wilwood, FK Shocks, FK Rod Ends, K&N, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Amerikote, Pony Express Service, Eagle Grit, Sierra Ice, Ford’s Only, MF Inc., and Gilly’s Radiator for their support.
ON TAP: Gregg’s next event is slated for November 6th in Stockotn, CA.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-18, Wins- 1, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-8
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