This past week has been a throw back to years gone by as the Coy Racing team had 3 races in 8 days…Riverhead Raceway in NY, Thompson Speedway in CT and Star Speedway in NH. It was a 1200 mile / 20+ hour marathon of racing. The 3 race run started on Saturday June 9th at a dance recital? Yep, Richie’s daughter, Kyra, had her dance recital on June 9th. The team split and sent the truck and trailer to Riverhead early and Richie and Johnny went to the dance recital. The team put Alan Chambers in the car in practice to scuff tires in for the day, as Richie and Johnny raced out after the recital. They pulled in the race track as the heat races went out, so Richie missed his heat race. NEMA was nice enough to allow Richie to get a few laps behind one of the NEMA heats. Since the team missed the heat, they started last in the feature. They car was good and Richie quickly started to move forward and then had a five car battle for 6th. When the checkered fell, Richie crossed the line 9th. It was a good race and Richie turned the 6th fastest lap of the race.
The team was set to head to Thompson on Wednesday, but the track postponed the races Tuesday afternoon until Thursday. It was a good call by the track. On Thursday, the team headed to the track and unloaded a quick car. They were the 4th fastest car in the 2nd round of practice. Richie started on the pole in the heat race and fell back a little on start, but recovered and finished 4th in the heat. This put Richie on the pole for the feature. They guys made some adjustments and were in high spirits for the feature. However, the fuel filter clogged during the day. The team thinks that could have contributed to the slow down in the heat. In the feature, the clog took enough power away to make it tough for Richie to race. He was able to hang on to a 9th place finish and a 2nd top 10.
The team only had one day of prep between Thompson and Star. They used that time make some minor adjustments to the car and make a game plan to fix the fuel clog issue. With everything ready to go they headed to Star Speedway on Saturday. They car unloaded fast! Richie turned some of the quickest laps in practice. After the 2nd practice, Richie told the crew “It’s the best midget I’ve gotten to driven.” The heat race had Richie starting on the pole and when the green flew, Richie and Ryan Lock battled side by side for the first lap. Ryan came out on top, but Richie fell in behind and finished 2nd. In the feature, Richie started on the outside pole. It was a battle from the get go and Richie fell back to 4th but he battle back. He raced back to 3rd and ran a great race. When the checkered fell, Richie finished 3rd! The teams first top 3, outside their win last year.
The team is off until Wednesday June 27th, when they head to Seekonk Speedway for the Boston Louie Memorial. They are excited to bring the recent speed to one of the biggest midget races around. Last year there were over 30 Lite cars on hand!