Topics: Nick Tucker, Buckle-Up Kentucky 150
Rookie Finishes 21st Under Kentucky Lights
SPARTA, Kentucky (May 15, 2007) - - A short race but a solid effort. That sentence sums up Carter-2-Motorsports run at Kentucky Speedway last Saturday night in the Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.
With rookie Nick Tucker aboard, the team was looking for redemption following an impressive run at Winchester Speedway turned sour because of an expired engine. The team was hoping to make it through the seventh race of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) season without any mechanical failures during the 100-lap/150 mile battle.
In practice, Tucker produced the 34th fastest time leaving optimism upon many of the faces of the Carter-2-Motorsports team. Being the trooper that Tucker has been all year, he rallied his troops and assured them there was nothing to worry about, they were going to be in the field for the first of two events held at Kentucky Speedway this season.
With confidence leaning upon him, Tucker headed into ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying look to pick up the pace and put his No. 48 FreeFeds.org Dodge Charger solidly into the field, unfortunately Tucker would never take the green in qualification laps.
Coming out of turn four approaching the first of two qualifying laps a mechanical failure occurred sending the No 48 for a loop and straight into the turn-four wall. Tucker was uninjured in the incident but his primary car would be forced to load up onto the trailer.
When teammate Dan Brode just missed the field (33rd qualifying position) the team opted to use his machine as Tucker’s backup slapping a No 48 on the Dodger and quickly preparing the backup automobile for the start of the event.
40 drivers took the green flag shortly after 8:00pm Eastern Time and Tucker notified his crew quickly that he had a neutral racecar and was taking his time getting to the front.
Indeed, Tucker played a cautious but competitive race. Unable to compete with several of the NASCAR-balanced teams, Tucker soldiered his Statesville , North Carolina team to a respectable 21st place position out dueling Michelle Theriault in a late-race battle.
His finish Saturday night marked the team’s pest performance since Salem Speedway last month where Tucker wheeled his machine to a solid 16th place effort.
“Not too bad of a night,” said Tucker. “Our car wasn’t that bad, I know we didn’t have that much horsepower as compared to some of the bigger teams, but I had some fun and we ran the best we could.”
Tucker continued, “I want to thank my crew for preparing this car following our qualifying incident. The crash was really weird. Something broke and it put us a little behind for the race. But my guys never gave up and they rallied back as they always do and we’re heading into Toledo knowing we can put our team back into the top-15.”
C2M (Carter-2-Motorsports) short track program has been impressive. With season best finishes of 15th and 16th at USA International Speedway and Salem Speedway respectively, the team is looking forward to ARCA’s hometown track to yield the team’s best result this year.
Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the first of two events at Toledo Speedway for the running of the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Auto Care set for this upcoming Sunday. The track considered hometown turf for the sanction will enjoy live television coverage beginning at 12:00pm on SPEED.
Carter-2-Motorsports (www.carter2motorsports.com) whose ARCA RE/MAX Series operation is based in Statesville , North Carolina will run Dodge Chargers in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (NNC) in 2007. The team will run the No. 48 handed over from the legendary James Hylton who retired from ARCA competition following the 2006 season finale at the new Iowa Speedway. The organization will also run a second ARCA team part time this season utilizing the No. 67. The organization also plans to run the No. 54 in the premier series of NASCAR, the NNC series later this year.
For more information on Nick Tucker and the Carter-2-Motorsports team, please visit Carter2Motorsports.com
NAME: Chris Knight, Carter-2-Motorsports