This weekend we raced at the Devils Bowl in Dallas, Texas. I have only ever raced on this track back in 2002 when the series was called Formula USA. It is a high-banked half-mile track with tacky black clay unlike any of the other tracks in the American Flat Track circuit. I did not know what to expect of the race since it had been a long time since I had raced there. I did know, however, that this was on the list of hometown tracks for my mechanics Kenny Tolbert and Bubba Bentley so I felt as though the team could put it together to come out on top for this one.
On the first night, I was gaining some momentum after each race. I ended up second in my semi-final behind the hard-charging Dan Bromley. During the main event, I was running a solid third place position, but I could sense Robert Pearson was catching up to me. I figured that I still had some time left over to be able to finish out strong in third. I ended up approaching a lapper and he was trying to move out of the way by going up the racetrack, but when I was on the outside of him he just continued to run up the race track. He came to nearly a complete stop and I lost a bunch of time. Pearson was able to get underneath both of us and secure the third position. So the night ended sorely in fourth place which was really disappointing to start the weekend with.
The second day rolled around and we fast qualified early on. I was feeling pretty good and was hoping to turn the luck around. In the semi, I got second and was still gaining confidence. However, I got a bad start in the main event and as racers know, that is detrimental. As we got into racing, I quickly noticed that this was one of the hardest tracks to pass on in my entire career. I spent 37 laps riding right on the back of Robert Pearson and tried everything I could except not come down to try and pass him. I ended up in yet another fourth position for the night.
This weekend was definitely not ideal and nothing to boast about. The track was tricky but it will go under my belt as experience to be better equipped for the next time. We have a short turnaround time before we hit Atlanta for the Half-Mile at the Dixie Speedway this weekend where I am hoping to have better luck on my side.