Thursday, 31 May 2012

Ignition Problems Sideline Ward Jr. Before Green Flag at Fonda; Battles to 15th Place Finish at Utica Rome

The early season woes for Kevin Ward Jr continued as they brought their brand new car to Fonda Speedway on Saturday night and Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday.  The season has not started as well as they had hoped, but have continued to work hard in hopes of a change of luck.

Their last time out with the Empire Super Sprints ended with a nasty tumble at Autodrome Granby, so this weekend Ward Jr. was anxious to get back on track.  In his qualifying heat race, a spin late in the race would relegate him to the B-main, but he was able to out and win it.  In the A-main, Ward was to start 20th, and as they were about to go green ignition problems developed, forcing him to miss the feature.

After fixing the problems from Saturday night, Ward Jr. and the Westward Painting team traveled up I-90 to Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, New York.  Struggles continued in his qualifying heat, with a ninth place finish, and would be forced to qualify through the B-main.  He rolled off the starting grid from 20th for the 25 lap A-Main, and was running well, he was into the top ten by lap 18, but as the final laps counted down, the handling went away, and he would end with a 15th place finish.

This coming weekend, Ward Jr. will be back at Autodrome Granby on Friday night, and then on to Autodrome Drummond on Saturday.  Ward Jr. has had great success at Drummond in the past, and is the site of his first career ESS victory.

Kevin Ward Jr. would like to thank their sponsors for their support during the 2012 racing season.  They include Westward Painting, Tioga Construction, Sherwin Williams, Lyons Falls Tire Inc., Young’s Auto Parts/Carquest, Cash for Cans, and Finish Line Web Design.

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