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Tough Luck Heat Race Puts Damper on Cody Lamar’s Johnny Key Classic


PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting a new car together, Cody Lamar and company would make the trip to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA where they would take on the Civil War Series pres. by Flowmaster in the 58th Annual Johnny Key Classic. With the night seemingly getting off to a good start, a heat race incident would put a damper on Lamar’s night.

“We were looking to be in a really good spot, but in our heat race a car I was coming up to lap lost it in front of me and it caused me to spin,” Lamar said. “After that I had to come from the “B” and then line up in the last row of the feature event.”

With 38 cars checked in at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds facility, Lamar would time the A1 Septic/Amsoil/Walker Performance No. 9L entry in ninth quickest in qualifying time trials, putting him on the front row of his heat race.

On a very fast Ocean Speedway early in Saturday’s program, Lamar would get the jump in his heat as he looked to pick up the win and make his way into the Dash. Leading the way, Lamar would find himself in rare traffic in a heat race and as he approached the tail end of the field a car would lose the handle in front of him and it would result in him spinning out.

Gong to the back of the pack, Lamar would end up with a ninth place finish and would be forced into B Main No. 2 for one final shot at qualifying for the 50-lap feature event.

Finishing in the third and final transfer position in the semi, Lamar would keep his night going but would have his work cut out for himself as he would line up in the 22nd starting position.

Though he would have plenty of time to make up ground, the task would be a little daunting with such a deep field in action on this night. Working hard in the opening laps of the race, Lamar would go a lap down at the halfway point of the first half of the race and he would then make the decision to save his car for another day and pull into the infield and call it a night. He would be scored 20th.

“We had a fast car, but once we went a lap down there really wasn’t any point of staying out and risking another destroyed racecar,’ Lamar said. “Thanks to my family and everyone who supports me and worked hard to get us ready to go last weekend.”

Cody and his team would like to thank A1 Septic, Amsoil, Walker Performance Filtration, and Joe Hunt Magnetos for their continued support.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-18, Wins-0, Top 5’s- 4, Top 10’s-7

ON TAP: Lamar will take a couple of weekends off before returning to Placerville Speedway on September 15th.

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