Kyle Hamilton USAC Silver Crown Iowa Post
Well, we had everything in place for a successful run at the Casey’s General Store 100 at Iowa Speedway but that doesn’t mean something can still come up to bite you. After a fuel pump malfunction at Toledo, we were ready to have a good run. The trip started out great; my girlfriend got to come to this race which was fun and we had lots of confidence after spending hours at the shop making sure everything was ready. On the Friday night of arrival, we got to watch the Nascar trucks race and get back acclimated with the lines used around the 7/8 mile. It was fun being a casual fan for the night. Things got started early Saturday morning with a load in time of 7 A.M. and drivers meeting at 10. I was pumped up. It had been nearly a month since I had been behind the wheel at the Little 500. First practice rolled off at 11 A.M. and we were 5th on the charts. The second session we fell back to 6th. We were on used tires but I was still a little worried if we could pick up anymore speed. We made a stagger adjustment and slapped on sticker tires for qualifying and it was just what we needed. We dropped our lap time by .5 seconds and qualified on the outside of the front row narrowly missing the pole. I have to say, I was really happy with how our team stayed calm after practice and made the adjustments we needed for qualifying. I have some great guys behind me who never doubt me and that is really important to a race car driver. All of the excitement quickly died down though, when my right rear tire blew on lap 17 of the race and I made heavy contact with the turn 3 wall. It seems like we haven’t been able to catch a break this year in the silver crown series. We have really fast cars but weird problems that are out of our control have snuck up and got us. I feel bad for my dad and our team more than anything because I haven’t been able to reward them for their hard work on the crown car yet. They put in so much time during the week and now we have a destroyed race car. I also have to say thanks to my spotter Zach Tasker. He has jumped into being a spotter with ease and is one of the best in the business. Its sounds cliche but that’s part of racing and if it was easy to win, everybody would be doing it. We’ll get the car back together and try to be ready by the next silver crown race on Thursday, July 23rd at Lucas Oil Raceway. We are also working hard to get our midgets ready for the Tony Stewart Classic on July 25th at the Indianapolis Speedrome.
*** On the grid before qualifying
*** Glad Jordan got to come out to Iowa!