PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour aboard the Loyet Motorsports No. o5 machine, as well as the IRA aboard his family owned No. 9x machine, Paul Nienhiser had one of those weekend’s he has already tried to forget.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to Loyet family provided me, and I know we all went into this weekend with high hopes,” Nienhiser said. “It didn’t go how any of us hoped, but we still made the best of it.”
Having a tough go in his heat race on Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, Nienhiser would be mired in the back of a ‘B’ Main where he would be unable to transfer through and his night would come to an early end.
Working hard through the day on Friday, Nienhiser and company came out a little stronger on Friday as the team had good speed through practice. Going from his fourth starting position in heat race, Nienhiser would finish second and move into a qualifier.
Finishing sixth in the qualifier, Nienhiser would just narrowly miss out on a transfer into the Friday night feature as he found himself on the pole of the ‘B’. Losing the handle on the opening lap, Nienhiser would be unable to bounce back and race through the field on this night.
Hoping for some redemption on Saturday night, a seventh place finish in his qualifier put him in the fourth row of a “B” main, and though we worked his way up to fifth, his bid to make the Jesse Hockett Memorial feature would come to an end.
Making the trip to LaSalle Speedway on Sunday in his family owned car, Nienhiser would admittedly be back in a comfort zone as he timed in ninth quickest amongst the 35 cars checked into the pit area.
Winning his heat race, Nienhiser would move into the redraw where the nine pill placed him in the fifth row for the feature event. Trying some different lines to gain ground on the leaders, Nienhiser would find himself up in the sixth position. Battling hard with a lapped car, a chop would result in Nienhiser losing the handle and spinning out as he would come back forward to finish 13th.
“It was an embarrassing weekend to be honest,” Nienhiser said. “I made the best of it, but it was tough to spin out as much as I did in both cars. We will work hard to better ourselves from it and get back to it this weekend.”
Nienhiser would like to thank CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil, Mason Sound, Innovative Design, Bradshaw Custom Pumping, Wessler Bros. Agency, Bob Hawks Auto Body, Littleton Storm & Timber, Fierce Herbicide, Sunstoppers Window Tinting, Engler Machine and Tool, FK Indy, Rider Racing Engines, Kaeding Performance, JRC Transportation, Signature Signs and Design, and Steve Thomas Racing for their continued support.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-51, Wins-8, Top 5’s-12, Top 10’s-22
ON TAP: Nienhiser is slated to take on the Sprint Invaders Friday and Saturday at 34 Raceway in the ‘Fall Haul’.
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