Byrne Continues To Shine At South Bend On Ryan Newman Night
David Byrne and his Byrne Racing team continued to show they are contenders with a strong finish last Wednesday night at South Bend Speedway in Indiana.
Byrne qualified seventh out of 28 cars in his Truck Country Freightliner, Tricor Insurance, Bytec Inc. sponsored midget. He then finished fourth in his heat race putting him solidly into the feature event with a tenth place starting position.
From the start of the feature Byrne’s Fontana powered Stealth chassis was quick and working well. As Byrne was trying to get by Chris Hettinger in the opening laps, Stephanie Mockler was aggressively trying to pass him, the two making contact a couple of times. Byrne then made an outside move to set up Hettinger going into turn one and made the pass on the backstretch. Byrne then began to reel in the number 39 car of NASCAR Nextel Cup star Ryan Newman.
On lap 22 Byrne made an aggressive move to get under Newman going into the first turn and the two ran side-by-side for the next lap and a half with Byrne finally taking the spot coming off of turn four on the 23rd circuit.
A lap 24 caution bunched up the field and on the restart, Newman tried going low to take the spot back away from Byrne. But Byrne, who said ” the car was like a rocket from the center off” pulled away leaving Newman to contend with Mockler and David Gough.
Byrne then set his sights on the sixth position attempting an inside move on the fourth, fifth and sixth place cars on the final lap, but got held up going into turn three and wisely settled for a seventh place finish.
Afterwards Byrne told his crew “The car was hooked up! I don’t think the car has ever been better. It took 2-3 laps to for it to come in, but then it was like a rocket off of the corners.” Even Newman congratulated him on some good racing afterwards.
Steve Byrne, David’s Dad and car owner said, “On Ryan Newman night, with his fan club cheering from the packed stands, it’s exciting to watch your son make a pass on and race with one of the best in the business.”
Byrne Racing then headed home to Wisconsin where they put their car on display at Madison International Speedway Friday night to promote the USAC/IRL weekend next month at the Milwaukee Mile.
Next stop for Byrne Racing will be this Saturday June 24th at the Grundy County Speedway for the 3rd Annual Pennzoil Henry Ales Automotive, Don Carter Sr. Jim Anderson Classic.