Next Step in Promising Career
Change in Plans!
After a second place finish at the Bob Corsen Memorial August 5th and a third the next week at Grundy County Fairgrounds, the expectations were high for the Byrne Racing Team to get it’s first win at the prestigious Illinois State Championships.
With a new track record qualifying run being set by Brian Olson, the previous track record holder, David Gough, qualifying 2nd, and then David in 3rd, our hopes were high, only to be dashed on lap 12, running in second, David had to pull from the track when his Fontana’s oil pump belt failed. After the Illinois State Championship race David diagnosed the problem to be a failing rear-end input shaft causing a vibration that loosened the bolts for the engine pumps. After that fix it was on to the New Iowa Speedway, where the “Gremlins” kept coming. The first time out, the team, being supported this weekend by Dawn and Chuck Johnson, discovered the engine not running up to par. After 2 laps it would develop a miss or chatter. “We changed everything except the engine itself and it still won’t run.” Said David. “We could keep up to the rear of the field, but pulled it in to save the engine.”
“This place is fun to drive, fast but fun”, says David, “I sure wish we didn’t have these gremlins, I think we could have been up front mixing it up with the big boys. The Chassis was great. We were fast for 2 laps and then something would go away in the Engine.”
With hopes of stopping the frustrations the team has decided to send the Fontana to be freshened. This will keep the team from 2 of its last 3 intended races. Berlin Michigan and the USAC double feature in Kyle Texas.
The number 20 Truck Country, Tricor, Stealth / Fontana will be up and running for the Performance Racing’s Sprint & Midget Classic in Orlando Florida, where David finished a strong 11th in the premier race in 2006.
“We are hoping to have a strong showing in Florida. We got word that one of the top NASCAR Driver Development Firms would be there to meet and evaluate David.’ Said team leader Steve, also David’s father. “David hopes to show his potential with expectations of taking the next step in his bid to make racing his career.”