Topics: Michael Dabney Jr.
CONCORD, North Carolina (June 22, 2011) - On the heels of an impressive seventh place finish in the most recent Summer Shootout at Concord (N.C.) Motor Speedway, INEX Asphalt Legend Car Series contender Michael Dabney Jr. had high hopes for round number three Tuesday night.
After practicing extremely well on Monday afternoon, Dabney Jr. was confident in the handling of his No. 5 automobile. With sticky temperatures greeting the teams on Tuesday afternoon, Dabney Jr. was focused as ever heading into that night’s festivities.
In qualifying, an extremely tight race car sagged Dabney Jr. deep in the field. However, in his typical self-intimidating matter, Dabney Jr. wowed the crowd with a stellar second place outing in his heat race which easily transferred him in to the main attraction.
Starting mid-pack, Dabney Jr. quickly began hustling his No. 5 around the quarter-mile oval. Showing that he had one of the quickest machines on the track, Dabney Jr. would pull some breath taking moves that paid off with the No. 5 cleverly climbing the leader board.
Just though as the night appeared to be heading in the right direction, when the caution flag waived on lap nine, Dabney Jr. brought his automobile into the pits after feeling something wrong in the rear-end. A quick glance reveled nothing with Dabney Jr. returning to the track.
Shortly before taking the green flag, the problem escalated forcing the Crandall, Texas native to bring his machine to a stop on pit road where it later would be towed to the garage area. Upon further inspection a parts failure in the rear-end housing was deemed the culprit thus forcing a disappointing 23rd place finish.
“The car was the best it’s been here in two weeks,” Dabney Jr. explained. “I was having a real good time out there. I knew something was wrong, so I brought it to pit road where the guys checked it over. Initially, they couldn’t find anything but when I went back on the track I knew I was in trouble. It’s a shame that it happened, but it’s encouraging to know that our car was fast.”
With the disappointing finish occurring early in the Summer Showdown, the Mooresville, North Carolina-resident is confident that he can recover from this week’s misfortune.
“We’ll take this as our mulligan,” sounded the 22-year old rising hot shoe. “Sometimes, you cannot control when something like that is going to happen. The good thing is that we were able to get the issue corrected and we should be in good shape next week.”
He added, “I just want to thank everyone who continues to support Michael Dabney Jr. Motorsports. I would not be here without the help and support of certain people and I am forever indebted to them for that. Hopefully, I can get a victory here soon to be able to thank them properly.”
Practice begins at 5:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:00 p.m. Monday, June 27. The fourth race in the 2011 edition of the Summer Shootout kicks off on Tuesday, June 28th and will conclude on Tuesday, July 26th.
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