Lawson Racing was back in front of our hometown crowd this past Sunday as we raced at Nodak Speedway. Kevin and I both were in heat 1. Kevin would start 5th and I would start 9th. After a few laps, I caught Kevin and passed him into turn 1. Soon after, his engine began to stumble and he was forced into the pits. It turned out to be an ignition issue I would go on to finish 7th. That would start me 10th in the feature, Kevin would start 17th. On the first lap, Kevin set up for turn 3 and was ran over from behind. That cut his right rear tire down and damaged the right sideboard on the wing and ended his night. The track was dry slick and was tricky to get a hold of. There was some moisture around the bottom of the track and that is where most of the cars were racing at. There were several multi car crashes through the middle portion of the race and a brief red flag period for a car that tipped onto its side. Once the race resumed, the track started to take rubber down low and became increasingly faster. The car was handling great and I would finish 7th. Kevin would finish 19th. It was nice to be able to race back at Nodak. We will be back at Nodak Speedway for the World of Outlaws race on August 23rd. Our next racing action will be July 10th at the River Cities Speedway and July 11th at the Devils Lake Speedway. We will be in the Stanley 4th of July Parade on Saturday. Give us a wave and get one of our Racer cards.
Lawson Racing was all set to race in front of out hometown crowd last Sunday night at the Nodak Speedway. However, Mother Nature had other ideas and rained out the races at the first sprint car heat race rolled onto the track. The Nodak Race Club decided to bring sprint cars back for another chance at racing. We are very excited to get another opportunity to race at our home track. Races start at 6 pm on Sunday. The weather should be perfect for a great night of sprint car racing action!!
Lawson Racing was all set to run a doubleheader weekend at the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday and then at the Nodak Speedway in Minot. On Saturday, soon after arriving in the pit area, the weather began to take a change for the worse. The skies became very dark with reported severe weather in the area. We, along with most of the other cars in the pits, cleared out and waited for the weather to pass. After a very brief, light shower, we were back in the pits and ready for a night of action. 32 sprint cars were on hand for another great night of racing. I started on the pole of the 2nd heat. After a good start, I fell back to 6th. A caution would come out when the engine in the 2nd place car broke and I moved into 5th. However, on the restart, I got passed for 5th and would finish 6th. Kevin would start 2nd in his heat and battle a tight racecar throughout the race. He would finish 5th and advance to the A main. I would start 6th in the B main. After a quick caution, I would move my way up and finish 3rd. The A main was a race of survival as there were several multi car crashes and then a flip on the front straightaway. All the while, Kevin and I were racing together. He was ahead of me and I could only peak a nose underneath going into the corners, but he had the preferred line. We raced that way for most of the feature. With 5 laps to go, the leader ran out of fuel and the 2nd place car ran over his left rear wheel and flipped. During the red, there was some confusion on fuel stop. It was intended to be a fuel only stop, but wasn’t relayed to the teams and several of them were DQ’d due to making adjustments or repairs to their cars. In the end, Kevin would finish 11th and I would finish 12th. On Sunday, it was the debut race for our Western ND Sprint Car group at the Nodak Speedway. A great field of 21 sprint cars were on had for the race night. Not great was the weather. After hot laps, the sky turned dark. As the first sprint car heat rolled onto the track, the skies opened up and the rest of the night was cancelled. It was very disappointing to say the least!! Hoping to have a rescheduled date at Nodak. Up next for Lawson Racing is the Stanley 4th of July Parade, showing off our Prairie Ford, TooDarkMotorSports.com, Finish First Coating sponsored sprint cars. We will have our new cards on hand, so give us a wave and pick one up.
After taking last weekend off, Lawson Racing will be back in action this upcoming weekend with 2 races on the schedule. First stop will be out at Devils Lake Speedway for our second race of the season out there. We ran out there a few weeks ago and are looking forward to racing there again. Then on Sunday, we will be racing in front of our family and friends at the Nodak Speedway in Minot. It has been quite a while since we have ran in front of out hometown crowd and are very excited to get back on the track at Nodak. Start time at Devils Lake is 7:30 and Minot is 6.
Last Friday was an unusual night for Lawson Racing. Prior commitments caused me to have to miss the races out in Grand Forks last Friday. That left Kevin as a one car team that night. This is a very rare event that both of us don’t compete together. Another strong field of 32 sprint cars were on hand. Kevin had to start 8th in the final heat race. He managed to move up and finish 6th, but that did not transfer him into the A main. He had to start 4th in the B main. The car was extremely tight during the race, making it very difficult to maintain his position. He fell back to 5th and would finish there, missing the transfer to the A. Lawson Racing is off this weekend, but will be back in action for our first doubleheader weekend on June 20th and 21st. We will be in Devils Lake on the 20th and will be racing in front of our home crowd at Nodak Speedway on June 21st. We are very excited to get back in action and hope to see everyone there. We have our new racer cards in, so be sure to stop down and pick one up and get it autographed.