Byrne Beginning To Close In On His Season Goals
Shullsburg, WI – A season in which David Byrne had hoped to challenge for his first championship, got off to a slow start. But strong runs the past couple of weeks have almost put Byrne and his Bytec, Inc./Tricor Insurance team where right where they want to be.
The midget driver from Shullsburg, Wisconsin set two goals prior to the 2007 UMARA racing season, win features and win the championship. So far he’s come close twice on the first goal and the second goal; well its not completely out of reach yet but its slipping away. Not so much because of Byrne, but because points leader David Gough has set quick time six out of six times at the Grundy County Speedway, won his heat race at all but one event this season and has won four features.
Byrne though, after battling brake issues and blown up a motor at the start of the season, has managed to finish no worse than 10th in a feature event this year and has three top fives. He finished second to Gough on July 4 and then again three days later on July 7.
This past Wednesday at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana Byrne was leading his heat race when he was hit from behind and spun out, he would finish 5th. In the 30-lap feature he started 23rd out of 23 cars. With the great set-up his crew gave him, David was one of only a couple of cars able to run the top groove well. Lap after lap passing cars, he patiently worked his way towards the front in his Bytec Inc./Tricor Insurance/Stealth/Fontana. But he would run out of laps shortly after taking the 6th position and would finish there.
If championship points were awarded for passing cars, he might have gained more ground on Gough who started on the pole and finished second. Instead Byrne currently sits second in driver points after Wednesday’s race, 367 points behind the leader. Not an insurmountable lead by any means, but its going to take some good luck on Byrnes part and some bad on Gough’s to catch him.
“I just want to thank my crew for all the hard work and long hours they have put in this year to get us where we are” said Byrne. “The brake problems we had at the beginning of the year kind of put us behind right away, but we’ve worked hard to get the problems fixed and I think that’s starting to show the past couple of weeks with the good finishes we’ve had.”
David Byrne and his team will try again this Saturday night to close the gap on the points leader and extend their lead on the rest of the field as they go for their first feature win. They will be in action at the Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois along with the USAC Regional, Midwest/UMARA Ford Focus and Kenyon midgets.
With two second place feature finishes and a strong run from last to sixth Wednesday, the Byrne team feels that their first feature win is just ahead.