Swaim gets his 8th UARA Sunoco Pole Award, Race is marred by Adversity
Travis Swaim earns his 8th UARA Sunoco Pole award at Anderson Motor Speedway, However race is filled with unfortunate circumstances.
The Falcon Racing Team took to the Anderson Motor Speedway this weekend with yet another great car. Travis knew the car was good after the first couple laps on the track. Travis was a top the speed charts from the first practice until the final practice when his time was topped by Ronnie Bassett Jr.
Qualifying was set for 5:45pm, Travis and the Team pushed the Falcon Racing Ford to the line for another shot at a UARA Sunoco Pole. Travis turned the track at 15.611 sec. over Sean Rayhalls 15.630 earning his 8th UARA Sunoco Pole out of 14 races.
The field of 21 cars took the green flag for the start of the UARA GoodYear 150 at 9:00pm. From the start Travis would place the 28 Ford at the top of the board. He got a comfortable lead and was running his pace. First caution of the race would wave early, Travis was happy with the car reporting to the crew;”Guys it’s unbelievable how great this car is”. The race would restart, a few laps later Travis relayed to the team that the engine had lost a cylinder, he started dropping positions. The caution would fall again on lap 48 the crew pitted the car hoping for a loose plug wire; however that was not the problem. Travis restarted in the 21st positioned, by lap 100 he had fought his way to the 10th position, with a crippled engine. It looked as if a top 5 finish may be in reach. On lap 110 a wreck in turn 3 would bring out a caution, the field would slow down; however the #20 car of Cory Joyce would run across the back of Travis, causing damage to the rear of the car. Now just trying to get the best finish possible, with 5 laps to go contact was made by the #35 of Devin Jones cutting the left rear tire on the Falcon Racing Ford. Travis took the checkered flag, with a broke engine, a bent rear-end and a flat left rear tire for a 15th place position.
Travis and the Team have put this race behind them and are focusing on a good run this coming weekend Oct. 13th at the Tri County Motor Speedway, which is one of Travis’ favorite tracks. The last outing at the Tri County was August 10th, The Falcon Racing Ford started from the Pole and finished 4th.