Dominates Concord’s Big 10 to Stop Schoenfeld Streak
Freddie Query is back in a familiar place… victory lane at Concord Motorsport Park. The defending Big 10 Series champ blew the field away in Saturday night’s 125-lap race.
Query showed no mercy to the Big 10 field when the green flag flew, as he took the lead on lap-one and never looked back by leading all 125-laps of the race.
He did all he could to try chase down Query, but an incident with Big 10 Series point leader Dennis Shoenfeld toward the end of the race ended Simpson’s run on Query.
“I think when Schoenfeld got inside me coming off of turn-one I might have pinched him inside a little too much and we got together. No big deal; he backed off and let me go. It was just good racing. I hate it for us and for Shoenfeld though because I thought we might have had a chance to catch Freddie.”
Query emerged from his car in a familiar place... Concord's Victory Lane. (51 Photos)
It almost turned out to be a disastrous night for Big 10 top dawg this year, Dennis Schoenfeld. On lap-one he tried to get away from a wreck in front of him and got hit from the rear and it turned around his Schoenfeld Headers #43. Schoenfeld had to go to the rear of the field. But in impressive fashion he charged through the field and worked his way back up to the top-five despite fighting an ill-handling race car.
“We finished fourth, not what I was looking for, but where we need to finish tonight despite the first lap incident,” said Schoenfeld, who works on Shane Hmiel’s Craftsman Truck during the week. “The car was pretty
Query was back on his game this weekend.
BIG 10 SERIES RACE #3
Concord Motorsport Park, Concord, NC
1. Freddie Query, Mooresville
2. Jimmy Simpson, Concord
3. Jeremy Pate, Pensacola, Fla.
4. Dennis Schoenfeld, Concord
5. Ted Musgrave Jr., Mooresville
6. Clay Jones, Goldsboro
7. Brian Finney, Merritt Island, Fla.
8. Terry Brooks, Concord
9. Keith Rankin, Hixson, Tenn.
10. Clete Caywood, Easly, S.C.
11. Duane Linville, Winson-Salem
12. Chris Worton, Boaz, Ala.
13. Mark Reedy, Kannapolis
14. Scott Peeler, Salisbury
15. Tim Nooner, Salisbury
16. Kenny Sigmon, Denver
17. Preston Peltier, Concord
18. Heath Hindman, Signal Mountain, Tenn.
19. Larry Pollard, Taylorsville
20. Eddie Massengill, Goldsboro
21. Kayne Hickman, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
22. Chris Dunn, Garner
“When it has been as long as it has since we have been here you start to wonder if it is going to come again,” said Query, sounding a bit like Mark Martin after his recent victory in the NASCAR Nextel All Star race just down the road from Concord’s tricky tri-oval. “I am just awful glad we were able to get here tonight.
“The groove has been in the same spot, it’s just that I have not been able to get the car to stay in it. The car was better tonight and probably as good as I expected it to be. As long as we can maintain now and stay out of trouble I think we will be ok.”
Jimmy Simpson was in the top-five hunt the entire race, but all he could do is finish in Query’s rear-view mirror.
good for a long period of time and it just got way tight at the end. I must have burned the right front off as well. All in all we got some valuable points and it’s on to the next round.”
After battling an ignition problem with his car at the end of the race, Jeremy Pate took home a third place finish. Pate, who was in second for around lap-30 to lap-90, looked like he had himself a second place finish but that chronic problem plagued him for the second straight race.
“We had the same problem that we had at the last race here on lap-90 and the car would start popping with a back-fire, like it was the ignition or something”, said Pate. “I hate it. I am so disgusted right know. We qualified second and drew a sixth place start. We missed the first race so we are trying to get back in the points. I didn’t have anything for Freddy but we had a solid second place car.”
Teddy Musgrave Jr. rounded out the top-five as did all he could to hang on to the top-five spot. He looked strong early on in the race, but the right rear bleeder stuck and changes to the A-frame caused Musgrave all sorts of problems. He still hung on to finish in the fifth place spot.
The next round of the Big 10 Series at Concord Motorsport Park is set for Monday, July 4th.