The Season Begins
Shullsburg, WI – After a somewhat successful Test at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Thursday May 2nd, but a mechanical failure at the end, the crew had to pull an all nighter to get to Iowa Speedway for the USAC Show on Saturday May 5th in Newton IA. Two cars prove to be a handful when all doesn’t go well. Problems with the brakes and a trip to the parts house had the crew heading to Iowa on 2 hours sleep.
At Iowa things didn’t start well, relegating David to a 25th starting position. After fixing the problem and Russ doing some tuning on the Fontana, David was ready for the race. At the beginning, David was fast, passing cars all the way up to the 12th position. When about to pass Jerry Coons in his Wilke-Pak ride for the 11th position, David felt a little uneasy about the handling of the car. Not having any good laps of practice didn’t allow Tim to tune the chassis so David had to “run what we brung” and toward the end of the race the Stealth Chassis got a little tight, allowing a few cars to pass him at the end. David ended the race with a 17th place finish. After inspection at the end of the race, it was discovered the left rear tire had “blistered”, thus the uneasy feeling with handling. With everything that happened, The Byrne Racing Team, proved it can overcome adversity. With a second test scheduled for IRP, competition beware, we will be a contender at, “The Night Before the 500”.