Byrne Fast at Newton, Iowa
The Byrne Racing Team returns home from Iowa Speedway with great anticipation for next week’s “Night Before the 500” in Indianapolis Indiana. David finished 7th in the USAC National Race at the Iowa Speedway but could very well have had a different out come with a little luck.
David got his Tricor Insurance, Bytec Inc, Truck Country #20 faster each time out on the track. He was 12th quickest in the first practice, 9th quickest in the second practice and qualified 7th quick.
Starting the feature race from inside of the 4th row, David passed cars each lap until he made it to 3rd where he, Bobby Santos, the eventual winner, and Brad Sweet would gain a straight away lead on the rest of the field until a caution on lap 12. A couple of cars would draft passed David on the ensuing restart but David had a car that worked very well in the corners and he took his 3rd position back by lap 16. Then with 6 laps to go, the Brake Master Cylinder cap would blow off. Even with that, David held his position until he lost brakes with just 2 laps to go relegating him to a 7th place finish .
“Chuy [James Sandburg, Crew Chief] gave me a car that could have won here today but racing luck jumped up and bit us again”, said David of his spectacular run at Iowa. “We definitely have momentum going into one of the biggest USAC Midget Races of the year” and believe me, we’ll be a contender”.
The Team now goes on to the prestigious “Night Before the 500” in Indianapolis Indiana on May 29th.
The Team also ran the USAC Season opener at Anderson Indiana. David qualified 9th quickest for the 100 lapper but fell out of the race at lap 75 with an extremely “tight” race car. It was later learned that the right rear shock broke internally, relegating the tight condition.