Byrne Looks To Add His Name To Illinois State Champions List
Shullsburg, WI – With the 2006 season winding down David Byrne’s chances of securing his first midget feature win are winding down also. But he hopes to take full advantage of his chances this Saturday at the Grundy County Speedway for the tri-sanctioned Illinois State Midget Auto Racing Championship.
Byrne has battled mechanical problems on and off most of the season, but has still managed to pull off some great finishes in the feature events. Last Saturday for instance, he had an oil filter gasket blow out in the first hot lap session. Byrne and his crew got that replaced and cleaned-up only to have the brake caliper come loose in the second hot lap session.
Having fixed the caliper problem Byrne then when out in his number 20 Truck Country Freightliner, Tricor Insurance, Bytec Inc. Stealth, Fontana powered midget and had a great run in qualifying with 14.728-second lap around the 1/3-mile oval. But he would have to settle for second quick when David Gough went out and blistered the track with a 14.475 to steal the top spot from Byrne.
In his heat race Byrne followed winner Alex Pruett to the checkered flag and in the feature, patience and smooth driving kept him in the chase as he finished third just a car length behind second place Sean Murphy.
Byrne looks to add his name to a stalwart list of names this Saturday if he can stay up front to win the 15th Annual Illinois State Midget Auto Racing Championship. He would add his name to a list that already holds names like Tracy Hines, Jim Hettinger, Michael Lewis, Don Carter Jr., David Gough and Danny Pens.
“We’ve been right there at the end almost every week, we just need the car to cooperate with us earlier in the night so we can work more on set-ups rather than chasing the little mechanical problem that have been hurting us” Byrne said. “I know we can win, and to get that first win this weekend with the USAC and WOWMS guys there, would make it all that much sweeter.”
Though this will be the last USAC sanctioned event at Grundy for 2006 Byrne’s plans include trips to Newton, Iowa, a two-day event in Kyle, Texas and Orlando, Florida all USAC National midget events. Look for great things from David Byrne this weekend and the weeks to come.