Lawson Racing finished off our 2015 season with a doubleheader weekend out at the Williston Basin Speedway. The weekend got off to an inauspicious start as our trailer was rearended while sitting in street, waiting to get hooked up to the toter. The trailer sustained significant damage, but nothing that would stop us from racing the weekend. It was their Fall Roundup and Western ND sprint cars were part of the weekend for the first time. On Saturday, Kevin and I were both in the 2nd heat. Off the start, I got into 3rd and Kevin 4th. We would finish that way. In the feature, I would start 6th and Kevin 7th. Of the start, my tires spun on the dry slick and I fell back to 7th. Kevin would get a head of me and that is the way we would run for the rest of the feature. The bottom was the preferred line and I got a few runs on Kevin, but not enough to get past. We would eventually finish 5th and 6th respectively. On Sunday, I would start 4th in the 1st heat. There was some moisture up around the top and I went there into turn 1 on the start and came out with the lead. I would go on to lead till the white flag lap when a car snuck by me on the inside and I would finish 2nd. The track was really dusty by the time Kevin rolled off in the 2nd heat. He did his best with the conditions, but didn’t want to push it to hard. He would finish 4th. I would start 4th in the feature and Kevin would start 7th. I would slide into 4th on the first lap. The track took rubber very quickly and the car was running strong. I was racing with Todd Mickelson for 3rd when the 2nd place car blew a tire and spun off the track. On the restart, Todd and I continues to race for 2nd when we caught some lap traffic going into turn 3. Todd tried to pass them low, but the door closed and he had to get on the brakes to miss the car on the inside and spun out. The yellow came out with 2 laps to go and I moved into 2nd. I would be able to hold that position and would finish 2nd. That is a career best sprint car A main finish!!! Kevin would finish 7th. All in all, a great was to way to end the season. We had a lot of fun racing at 4 different tracks this year and racing against some of the best drivers in the upper midwest. The highlight for me was making the World of Outlaws A main in Minot. As a sprint car driver, that is something I have always wanted to do and it was great to do it in front of the hometown crowd. I also won a B main in Devils Lake, marking my first ever race win in a sprint car. Lawson Racing would like to thank our great sponsors: Prairie Ford in Stanley, ND, TooDarkMotorsports.com, Finish First Coatings, Tires Plus, and Lawson Properties. They help keep us on the track and pursuing what we love to do. We also want to thank our great family, friends, and fans for their support during the 2015 season. We really appreciate every one of you!!
Over the weekend, Lawson Racing took part in the Seitz Memorial out in Grand Forks. On Friday night, 29 sprint cars were signed in. I started on the pole of the first heat. The car on the outside front row lost a motor into turn 1. That lead to a complete restart. Off the restart, I fell into 2nd, but then the leader had a failure and came to a stop. I had the lead at the restart. The track was still tacky and the car was working very good, but there were several fast cars behind me and I would fall back and finish 6th. Kevin was also in the 1st heat. He would start 9th and finish 7th. Transfers were based on passing points and Kevin would make the A. I would have to run the B. Off the start of that race, I fell into 3rd and was running with 2nd place when a caution flew. After the restart, my car went terribly loose. That caused me to fall back and finish 8th and not make the A. Kevin would start 16th in the A. The track was very dry slick and the groove was right on the bottom. Kevin’s car was a little off and the setup and he slid back and would finish 22nd. We were back in action Saturday night. Kevin was in the 1st heat. He would start 7th and finish 5th. I was in the 2nd heat. I would start 4th and finish 6th. Kevin would transfer to the A based on his passing points and I would once again go to the B. I would start 6th and run 5th, trying to get 4th and the final transfer spot. The groove was on the bottom and it tough to find traction. In the end, I would end up 6th and not transfer to the A. Kevin would start 10th and the first 4 rows of cars to the Blazin Challenge and moved to the back, trying to come back through the field and win the feature. The feature was 35 laps. The first part of the race was pretty intense with face cars coming through the field. Kevin would run the first 20 laps, but pull off as the car just was not handling right. He would finish 24th. We will be back in action this upcoming weekend for our final races of the season at the Fall Roundup at the Williston Basin Speedway. Races are Saturday and Sunday. There is a meet and greet on Saturday afternoon that we will be at, so stop by and pick up one of our cards or stop down after the races.
Lawson Racing was in action last Sunday at Nodak Speedway. It was the 1st Annual Tyler Fedyk “Pin It to Win It” Memorial sprint car race. 21 sprint cars were on hand for the race. Kevin was in the 1st heat race and would finish 7th. I was in the 2nd heat race and finished 7th as well. That started us 13th and 15th respectively. On the start, there was a spin in the 1st turn. Kevin braked to avoid it and I ran over his right rear with my front bumper, then had to avoid the spun car and then that car was clipped by another car and that one rolled in front of me. I missed that one as well. Kevin and I sustained no damage and were able to continue. On the restart, we ran nose to tail. The track took rubber early on and became fast. There were a couple of grooves and we were running in a group of 3 other cars. There was another red flag for a roll in turn 3. Off the restart, Casey Mack lost an engine right in front of Kevin and he got in the oil and nearly got the front straight wall. He was able to keep it off the wall. On the restart, I was able to move by Kevin into turn 3. I would end up finishing 13th and Kevin 14th. It was great to be racing once again at Nodak. We will be back in action this Friday and Saturday at the River Cities Speedway for the John Seitz Memorial.
After a great night with the World of Outlaws, Lawson Racing will once again be in action at the Nodak Speedway this Sunday. We will be running as part of the Motor Magic weekend. It will be an extra special night as it is the 1st Annual Tyler Fedyk Memorial sprint car race. This is in honor of a great friend of many of us who shared the same passion we do for sprint car racing. It should be a great night of racing to close out the season for Nodak Speedway.
This past Sunday proved to be a very memorable one for Lawson Racing. We ran with the World of Outlaws during their annual stop at the Nodak Speedway. 28 sprint cars were on hand for the night’s races. In qualifying, I timed in at 15.2 seconds and Kevin times in at 15.3. That started me 9th in the 1st heat and I would finish 9th. Kevin started 9th in the 2nd heat and he would finish 8th. The put us both into the Last Chance Showdown. There were 10 cars in the race with the top 6 making the transfer to the A Main. Off the start, I was able to move past a couple cars and move into 6th. Kevin would follow and get to 7th. A caution with 5 laps down bunched up the field. Of the start, I raced with 5th place for a few laps and moved into 5th. Kevin was running behind me, but caught a rut out of turn 4 and nearly made contact with the outside wall. That caused him to fall back to 10th. I ended up finishing 5th and making the transfer to my first World of Outlaws A Main. That is something that has been a goal of mine ever since I started my racing career and to finally fulfill that was amazing!! To be a part of the 4 wide salute to the fans is something I won’t ever forget. I started 23rd. A couple cars fell out soon after the start and there was a yellow at lap 15. I had already been lapped at that point, so I pulled off as there wasn’t anything left to gain and to stay out of the way of the leaders racing for the win. I would finish 22nd. It is defiantly a race night I won’t soon forget. We had a lot of fun that night. Talked to a lot of great fans, ran with the best sprint car drivers in the world, and saw hometown hero Donny Schatz win again. We will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 4th at the River Cities Speedway and then Sept. 6th back at Nodak Speedway.