HBR Racing Recap 5/17/17
Story By: Mandee Pauch/MPR
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
May 17, 2017 – The Super DIRTcar Series made its first appearance since 2005 at Bridgeport Speedway Tuesday night for the Friends of Mike ‘The Finale.’
Tuesday night’s results weren’t what the HBR team had hoped for but they persevered and rallied two top 20 finishes.
Jimmy Phelps started sixth in his heat and finished sixth. He missed the transfer by two spots. Max McLaughlin started second and drove away with the lead until he was struck with a blown motor.
“I started second and got by Peter Britten on lap two,” McLaughlin said. “I took the lead and checked out, then blew up.” McLaughlin was then forced to bring out his backup car.
Phelps rolled out 27th for the 60-lap main event and McLaughlin started 25th out of a 32-car field.
“At the end of the day we just weren’t very good off the truck,” Phelps said. “We chased things for a little bit and got ourselves in a hole that we couldn’t get out of.”
After a red flag and a few cautions early in the race, Phelps and McLaughlin chose to pit.
“We started holding our own there in the feature, then I made the decision to pit for a softer tire five laps before the rubber came down and lost a bunch of track positions,” noted Phelps. “Sometimes when it rains it pours.”
Despite bringing out the backup car, McLaughlin felt that the car was good until the track rubbered up and it went single file. “We’ll get them next week.”
Next on tap for HBR is Brewerton Speedway on Friday, May 19th, Fulton Speedway Saturday, May 20th and Weedsport Speedway Monday, May 22nd.
HBR QUICK RESULTS
May 16 – Bridgeport Speedway; Heat: 6 (6); Feature: 20 (27)
May 16 – Bridgeport Speedway; Heat: 9 (2); Feature: 14 (25)
HBR SEASON STATS –
6 races – 3 top fives, 5 top 10’s
6 races – 3 top fives, 3 top 10’s
UP NEXT –
Friday, May 19th – Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, May 20th – Fulton Speedway
Monday, May 22nd – Weedsport Speedway
MEDIA LINKS –
The HBR team has apparel available for sale at their racecar trailer during events they compete in this season.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHTS –
JIMMY PHELPS’ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Teo Pro Car
For more information on Teo Pro Car, visit www.teopro.com.
“Teo Pro Car is second to none,” noted Phelps. “They’re sportsmanship is top notch. They build a really good, quality car. So far it’s been a great relationship with them. I appreciate all that they do.”
Phelps would also like to thank J&B Installations, Mohawk Northeast, JRI Shocks, Teo Pro Car, Strange Oval, Winters Performance, Bob Bruneau, Simpson Race Products, VP Fuels, Fragola Performance Systems, Jones Racing Products, Wilwood , FK Rod Ends, Cobra Motorhomes, Bert Transmissions, Eibach, Industrial, Tire of CNY, Driven Racing Oil and Arts Radiator for their continued support.
MAX MCLAUGHLIN’S SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Mohawk Northeast, Inc.
Specializing in heavy construction and marine construction, as well as tugboat transportation, Mohawk Northeast, Inc. is a Connecticut-based construction company that offers its valued clients cost-effective, efficient solutions founded on engineering expertise. For more information, visit www.mohawknortheast.com.
“Without Al Heinke none of this would be possible,” McLaughlin said. “I couldn’t thank Al enough for giving me the opportunity to drive this car.”
McLaughlin would also like to thank Textron Off Road, Mohawk Northeast Inc., Simpson Race Products, Wienerschnitzel, Just Let Me Do It Commercial Services, Eibach Springs, Max Papis Inc., HBR, Bob Bruneau, Nitro Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Winters Performance Products, Hoosier, Cobra, TEO Pro Car, Pro Bar, Strange Oval, JRI Shocks, Absolute Audio, Fragola Performance Systems, Wilwood, Lincoln Electric, VP Racing Fuel, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Bert Transmission, ASI Racewear, Swindell Speed Lab, Walker Performance Filtration Systems, HD Designs, Torie Costa Foundation and Butler Built Seats for their continued support.