PETERSEN MEDIA: After a couple of weeks off, Andy Gregg and GUTS Racing returned to action over the weekend as the Placerville, CA based team made the trip to Tulare, CA to compete in the 25th Annual Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway where the team would find themselves combating bad luck and mishaps for much of the weekend.
“It was really a tough Trophy Cup on our team, but I have to thank my guys for sticking with me, and working hard despite the troubles we endured,” Gregg said.
Thursday night the curtain went up on the prestigious event and with 88 cars checked into the event, Gregg timed the Angius and Terry, LLP/Capitol ACE Hardware/Crane Inspection Agency backed machine in 21st out of the 44 cars in his time trial group.
Coming to the green flag in his heat race, Gregg would lose an engine which forced him into the infield where he would become a spectator for the remained of the heat before returning to his pit area to drop in a fresh bullet.
Making the call for the semi, Gregg would line up in the 19th starting spot where he would need to advance into at least fourth to keep his night alive. Able to pick up a few positions, Gregg would bring his opening night to an end as he finished in the 14th position in his semi.
Back in action on Friday night, Gregg would get off to a better start as he found himself 17th on the speed chart in his qualifying group before racing his way to a third place finish in heat race competition.
Lining up seventh in the semi, Gregg would do a nice job of working his way forward to finish fourth in the semi and keep his night going as he moved into the 30-lap feature event.
Gregg’s feature would be short lived as driver error would result in an opening lap tangle that would end his night as attention would quickly get turned to the Saturday night Trophy Cup finale.
Breaking a rear end in his heat race, Gregg would hustle to make repairs in the pit area as he would grid the field from the 18th starting position in the 25-lap semi.
With pre race track prep creating a fast surface, Gregg would have a hard time making up ground as he would end his Trophy Cup with a 16th place finish in the Saturday night semi.
“It wasn’t how any of us hoped our weekend would go,” Gregg said. “It is a great event and we would have loved to have some things go our way, but it is part of it. We have one more race weekend left, and I am looking forward to running the 360ci next Friday and the 410ci next Saturday in Stockton, CA.”
Andy would like to thank GUTS, Angius and Terry LLP, Capitol ACE Hardware, Crane Inspection Agency, Ice House Resort, CTL Forest Management, Nail It Roofing, ARP Enterprises, Ervin Sales, Triple X, Wilwood, FK Shocks, FK Rod Ends, K&N, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Amerikote, Pony Express Service, Eagle Grit, and MF Inc. for their support in 2018.
ON TAP: Andy Gregg will be in action on November 2nd in Stockton, CA for the unsanctioned 360ci event, before competing with the King of the West Series on November 3rd back in Stockton, CA.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-18, Wins- 0, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-9
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