It’s been a long few weeks since Thompson. There was nothing left of the motor after the opening race. However, Circle Performance was able to work us into his schedule and the team got a new motor built on installed in the car Thursday (2 days ahead of Waterford). The guys loaded up and left for Waterford Saturday with the prospect of a good run. The day started off very strange as, parking became an issue as their were too many teams on hand through out all the divisions. The staff did as good a job as they could and the parking fiasco, finally worked out and all teams got a spot.
The car unloaded and Richie headed out for the first round of practice and was quickly sidelined with fuel filter issues. The crew fixed the issue for the second round and Richie was able to get his first laps at speed in 2018. All in all, practice went well. The car performed and the motor ran great. Richie’s handicap still has him towards the back, so he lined up 6th in the heat. One of the competitors had an oil leak for several laps making the track a mess. Officals threw the caution and eventually the checkered just two laps short of the 10 that was scheduled. At that point, Richie was 5th and in a qualified spot.
The feature saw Richie line up 9th. On the initial green, he lost 2 spots and fell back to 11th. That is where he ran the rest of the race, coming home 11th. The guys are happy with the overall day. The team learned more about the car, the motor ran fantastic and the team is expecting a good season from here on.
NEMA Lites next race is Star on May 19th, however, you can come see Richie and the car at Conneticut Children’s Medical Center in Harford, CT on Wed May 16th from 10am to 2pm.