Byrne Finishes Strong Second In UMARA 40-Lapper
Shullsburg, WI – Despite having a fuel problem in the feature event David Byrne finished second, making it his strongest run of the season Saturday night at the Grundy County Speedway in the 40-Lap UMARA Bob Corson Memorial
In hot laps the car wasn’t running right until David found a shorted wire, he then went out and qualified third quick with a fast lap of 14.870 around the 1/3 mile paved oval. In his heat race he finished third behind Jim Anderson and Brian Olson.
Byrne had the number 20 Truck Country Freightliner, Tricor Insurance, Bytec Inc. Stealth, Fontana powered midget in the fourth spot for the start of the feature. He patiently tucked in behind third place Brian Olson at the start. The two then patiently worked their way past second place Jim Anderson and leader Aaron Willis Jr. for the top two spots by lap 12.
Olson began to pull away when fuel problems began to cause a slight miss in Byrne’s Fontana powerplant. Even with the miss, Byrne was able to hold off Steve Thinnes for a strong second place finish. Olson went on to win with almost a half-track lead at the finish.
After the race Byrne said, “The engine developed a slight miss half-way down the straight-aways, we don’t know if we had some bad fuel or an injector plugging up or what. Without that problem I think we could have stayed up they’re with Brian (Olson) but I really don’t think anybody had enough to get by him tonight.”
David continues to show what he has learned in the last year working with the David Gough and his team learning set-ups. “With the way things started out tonight I was kind of worried, but we made some changes with the springs before the feature and it definitely helped us” said Byrne.
David Byrne returns to the Grundy County Speedway next Saturday even more confident that that first feature win is not far away.