By MANDEE PAUCH RELATIONS
Hector Stratton stepped down to let his son, Neil, jump behind the wheel after losing a motor Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
Neil was fast right off the trailer in warmups where he timed fourth-quickest overall Friday night at Albany.
“While running third in his heat race the motor took a different tune, so I shut it down and pulled in,” Neil said. “We pulled the hood off and saw there was no push rod. I was just about to change, and my dad told me I’m driving his car.”
Neil quickly jumped into his dad’s car for the main event and started at the tail of the field.
“We got close to the top-ten then there was a jingle, and someone jacked me up. I ended up stalling it. Then we had to go back to the rear again and ended up 15th. I guess you can say that’s one good thing about having two cars.”
The next morning the team worked feverishly to pull the motor out in hopes to have it ready for Tuesday’s special event at Albany-Saratoga Speedway but sadly, the motor did not make it back in time.
Tuesday evening saw only one Stratton car in the pit area for ‘The Tribute Race’ at Albany-Saratoga. Hector graciously stepped down to let Neil take his car out and compete in the big event.
Against 40+ Modifieds that evening, Neil was able to put the No.87ZG small block modified into the 61-lap main event in front of a packed house.
“The car was good, but the track was really fast,” Neil added. “It was tough running a small block against the big blocks. We were able to get it in the show which is all that really matters.”
Neil started third in his heat race and was able to hold on to the fifth-place position to make the final transfer into the main event.
“The car was really good,” he said. “We were going forward but had bad timing. We had some cautions that put us back after we made some passes. I got put in a bad spot. Someone shot me in the rear, next thing you know cars were wrecking in front of me and I had nowhere to go and hit them with the right side. I knew the car was bent up but I stayed out to try and collect the top finishing small block bonus, but I didn’t even get that. The biggest problem was the nerf bar was pushed into the right rear, so it was rubbing the whole race and wore out the tire. I probably could have pulled in, but I wanted to just hang on and try and finish. I don’t like to give up.”
Despite damage to the car, Neil was able to finish the race in 23rd.
The Stratton Racing team have been thrown quite a few curve balls this season but are staying optimistic going into this Friday evening at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.
“Hopefully we will have the motor in time for Friday,” Neil said. “I have to dig through my dad’s car and make sure nothing else is broken, get my motor back in, and we should be set.”
The Stratton Racing team would also like to invite everyone to their corn hole tournament that will be held on June 23rd at 1pm at Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza in Bennington, VT. There will be games, prizes, snacks and cold drinks as well as both race cars on display. Everyone is welcome to help kick off the summer with some outdoor fun with the team!
STRATTON RACING QUICK RESULTS –
June 8 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway; Heat: DNF (4); Feature: 15 (24)
June 12 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway; Heat: 5 (3); Feature: 23 (18)
STRATTON RACING SEASON STATS –
7 races – 2 top 10’s
UP NEXT –
June 15 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway
STRATTON RACING MEDIA LINKS –
STRATTON RACING SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza
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“They have awesome pizza,” added Neil. “We’re doing a corn hole tournament there on June 23rd which will be a lot of fun. Most of the money raised will go towards the team. That’s kind of how they fund their sponsorship. It’s a neat deal and a great time.”
Stratton Racing would also like to thank Dwyer’s State Line Beer & Wine, Chris Dunham Electric LLC, Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza, Bar & Grill, Kenyon Concrete, Mirabito Energy Products, Fast Axle, TG Graphic Design, Ryan Harris LLC, ZG, All Service Citgo, Advance Auto Parts, Big Boy’s Toys, and Zero Gravity for their continued support.
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