BIG 10 LEFTOVERS: RACE TWO by Matthew & Bob Dillner
Kittleson DQ, Lapped Trafffic Tempers, Massengill's Misktake & More
“I think it was a bunch of bull,” stated the Florida native. “They say it is worth eight-horsepower on the dyno, but I’d like to see what dyno that was run on. This filter is not a performance enhancing item. I mean look, we qualified sixth this time with it and we were on the pole in the fall with a different one.
“In the situation that they are in with 17-cars for a Big 10 race and they are going to penalize me for something so minuet. I’m nobody special, but I took the time out and my crew put in a lot of effort to come here and put on a show for these people and they are going to throw me out for something like
KITTLESON QUALIFYING DQ QUESTIONABLE
ASA points leader Travis Kittleson figured he’s show up to the second Big 10 Series race of the year, help out with a poor car count and have some fun. He did both, but he also got the shaft of sorts in post-qualifying tech.
Kittleson’s time was disallowed when officials found a Wix Filter on his car. Rules state air filters must be of normal paper material and not an after-market racing filter.
that? I know they want to keep everything even, but you can ask any of those racers out there and they will tell you that air filter did nothing for me. It’s just silly."
The questionable ruling put Kittleson shotgun on the field and it took its toll on him.
“We burned up a lot of stuff trying to get to the front from where we had to start,” added Kittleson who finished sixth. “Then the car started to get real goofy at the end of the race. We put about three-rounds down on the panhard bar during our pitstop and it came to life for about three laps after that. Then after that, I don’t know whether a bleeder stuck or what, but I was holding on for life. We did come out here to have fun and it was.”
THE CHAMP MAKES A COSTLY ERROR
Champions don’t make mistakes, right? C’mon… nobody’s perfect. Just ask last year’s Big 10 champ Eddie Massengill.
“The car was great; you can blame it on driver failure tonight. I killed the engine when we pitted. Then I had to wait for them to push me off and I gave up all that track position,” admitted Massengill, who came in second and went out sixth during their pitstop. “I fought all night after that, but couldn’t catch a caution when we needed it and it ruined our chances at beating Freddie.”
Massengill wrestled his way back for a third-place finish.
CLATTNEBURG REBOUNDS NICELY
Dean Clattenburg’s season didn’t start off the way he had hoped in race number-one of this year’s Big 10 Series. He left Concord Motorsport Park with the right side of his #31 all torn up. This time around, there were a few scratches, but more importantly, a top-five finish to back it up.
Check out the cool sponsor on Eddie Massengill's racecar. (51 Photos)
“It’s kind of a bounce back from the last one for us,” said Clattenburg with a smile. “We were torn up so bad, but these guys worked so hard to get everything back together. To do what we did, we are happy. I expect a lot more out of myself, but early on we were actually faster than the leaders. Then Teddy Musgrave and I had a good run to the finish and I think I beat him to the line.”
Yes you did Dean… for fourth place. By the way, Dean works full-time at Hamke Chassis in Mooresville, NC.
SO NOW YOU KNOW MUSGRAVE JR FINISHED FIFTH
But it was an eventful evening for the second generation race; one that started off with Ted Musgrave Jr. being slow as a turtle.
“When we came here today we were about the slowest thing in practice,” admitted Teddy. “We moved the lower control arms, both ball joints, the whole role-center, four springs, four shocks and the track bar and that’s because we were such junk to start off with.
Gary Crooks stands near Kittleson's #88.
“We gotta work on our shock package; we gotta get this car to come up off the ground. At the beginning it was just dragging and sliding around, plus we haven’t freshened our motor since the beginning of last season so it’s tired. We were just trying to get by this week. Now we’ll send it to Arrington who builds us really good motors and be ready to go next time.
The high side was the best thing for me because there were less bumps up there and the car wouldn’t bottom out as much. I passed Kittleson on the outside there and drove it pretty hard. It stuck up top. I mean, nobody wanted to go up there and sometimes that is the fast way around this racetrack.
Teddy had his dad, Ted Musgrave, with him at Concord. (51 Photos)
“We almost had Clattenburg. If we would have had a motor that didn’t have 2,500 laps on it we would have done it. I had him off of four but I didn’t want to get into him. He’s a really good guy, a good racer. You have to respect a guy like that; somebody who raced his own car and now he’s got a good ride. You just can’t wreck somebody for fourth or fifth, that’s ridiculous.”
REEDY GETTING READ THE RIOT ACT AFTER THE RACE
Mark Reedy is a damn nice guy, but that will only get you so far in racing. Reedy has been a top-five runner in Big 10 competition in the past, but on Saturday night he was in the way after his car was damaged in an early race wreck.
Twice Reedy attempted to get his lap back from Freddie Query by lining up on the inside during a restart, but on both occasions he disrupted the flow of the race.
“He was a lapped car and he was being a menace,” said the normally placid Dean Clattenburg. “I mean, if that were me I would have gotten out of the way. He didn’t cut me any slack and I kinda got into him to get him out of the way and it really hurt my left-front.
“It was real frustrating and I’m usually pretty calm, but I put my foot in it when he kept getting up in front of me and I don’t like to race that way. With a lapped car, it’s almost open-season if they don’t want to cut you some slack. I would have done it for him; I’m surprised he wouldn’t do it for me.”
Reedy defended himself admirably. “I thought for a while we had a fast enough car to get our laps back, but that wasn't the case when we got up there. I was just trying to hold my own and Dean got into the back of me. I don't think he is mad (EDITOR’S NOTE: He does now.) and I hope he isn't, we are pretty good friends. Freddie is a pretty tough guy to get your lap back on; I would say I got an “A” for effort though. I hate it if I got in anyone's way because that is not the kind of racer I am. I'm just trying to race.”
SCHOENFELD SAYS IT'S TOUGH GETTING YOUR NUTS CRACKED
“As I always say, ‘when you run with the squirrels, you get your nuts cracked.” Thos were the words of wisdom that came from the mouth of Dennis Schoenfeld after he qualified poorly and because of it, was caught up in a wreck before completing a single lap.
“The 17 (Reedy) bounced her off the fence on the backstretch, then drove into the 44 and it was on after that. I slowed way down but nobody could see with all those cars piled up and all the smoke ahead of them. Hell, I don’t know.
“We had a good car. We practiced Thursday and were just as fast as anybody. We messed up in qualifying and we paid the price.”
QUERY’S CAR PUZZLED WITH HIS CAR DESPITE WINNING
Freddie Query may have won his 11th Big 10 race in 12-tries since the series made it return to Concord Motorsport Park, but even the “Concord Crusher” got a little nervous midway through the 100-lap race.
“It started off real good there and then I got loose. I couldn’t figure out why; it just don’t normally happen,” said a puzzled Query. “I was a little nervous there cause Eddie (Massengill) was real good; he had me beat. If we hadn’t have had that caution there, I would have wound up racing him and he was better than me. The tires got cooled off during that caution and we were good again. Then with ten to go we started to lose it again, but I think everybody probably used their stuff up by then. I always say it don’t matter how good you are, you gotta be lucky. We had luck on our side.”
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS TEAMMEMBER LOOKED GOOD
Up until last year Preston Peltier had never stepped his foot on the accelerator of a Super Late Model. In fact, lately the California kid has been working at Hendrick Motorsports on the Nextel Cup program. But after getting a taste of the power last year in Jeff Meendering’s Big 10 car, he’s got the bug big time.
And he’s doing pretty good too. The kids qualified third and ran in the top-five for a good chunk of the race before the car hopped out on him coming off of turn-three of the tricky tri-oval.
“This is my fourth start right here and we will learn from this,” said Peltier, who still finished ninth. “We’ll take the car back to the shop and tweak on it a little more. The car was good all night and it is strange why we spun. I was almost out of the turn and it broke loose on me. I was going to try and save it but I realized I wasn't going to, so I just tried to keep it off of the wall. We had a right front go
down then. After we came in and made some adjustments and change tires, we were still quicker than some of the leaders. We didn't have anything to gain and everything to lose, so we just stayed back.”