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.
The biggest race of the year for Lawson Racing is this Sunday at Nodak Speedway as we will be running with the World of Outlaws. It’s not very often that we can get onto the track with the best in the business and it is always an exciting time when we can, especially when it is in front of our hometown crowd. The excitement of the Knoxville Nationals is still following the Outlaws, especially with Donny Schatz once again being the victor. Tickets are still available through slspromotions.com or through the Nodak Race Club. There is a pre race pit pass included with the tickets, so stop on by Lawson Racing when you are in the pits. We will have racer cards and checkered flags for giveaway along with Lawson Racing window stickers and shirts for sale. The weather sounds like it should be a great night for World of Outlaws racing. Don’t miss the Greatest Show on Dirt!!
After a summer break in late July, Lawson Racing was back in action this past Friday night out at the River Cities Speedway. 29 sprint cars were on hand for the night’s races. Since we hadn’t been there in some time, we had to start in the back of our respective heat races. Kevin started 10th in the first heat and finished 7th. I started 9th in the 2nd heat and finished 7th. That put us both on the front row of the B main, with Kevin starting on the pole. On the start, I ran the high line into 1 and Kevin went low. I got the lead out of turn 2 and would hold the lead for the next 6 laps before being passed by Austin Pierce. I would go onto finish 2nd and Kevin 4th. In the A main, I started 19th and Kevin 21st. The fist half of the race went green before a caution slowed the action on lap 16. After the restart, the remainder of the race was run caution free. I would come home 19th and Kevin 20th. The cars both ran good and we are making gains on the setup of the cars in preparation for our biggest race of the year, when the World of Outlaws visit Nodak Speedway on August 23rd. We are very excited to get back on the track with the best in the business in a few weeks. Check out the photos section for new pictures from Friday night, including some great pics of Kevin and I together on the front row of the B main.
Lawson Racing was out in Devils Lake on Saturday for our third and final appearance of the year out the track. We had hoped to race Friday night in Grand Forks, but work commitments didn’t allow us to make it down there. 27 sprint cars were on had for the races on Saturday night. The night was going to be tough as Kevin and I both drew in the 120s. That put us both toward the back of our heat races. I started 8th in the 1st heat. Off the start, I fell back to 9th. The car was handling good, but the groove was on the bottom around the tires. Passing was only going to happen if the driver in front of you messed up. They never did and I finished 9th. Kevin started 9th in his heat. The top 6 would transfer to the A main and he raced around there for the whole race. He got 6th, fell back to 7th with two laps to got, then passed the car in front of him to finish 6th and secure a spot in the A main. I had to run the B main. I started 7th, with the top 6 going to the A main. Off the start, my car was feeling good and I was able to move into 4th after a couple laps. However, there were a few cautions during the feature and after the final yellow with 5 laps to go, the handling on the car went away and I over drove a few turns. That dropped my back to 7th and that is where I finished. Unfortunately that ended my night as I did not my the A main. Kevin would start 13th in the A main and race around the mid teens throughout the race. The handling would go away as the track dried out, then started to take rubber. With 3 laps to go, a car spun on the high side of the track in turn 4. He tried to do a 360, but spun right down in front of Kevin. He had no where to go and was collected by the spinning car. Fortunately it was just a front bumper that got bent and a bent corner of the front wing. Not as serious as it could have been. He would not continue and finish 23rd. We will be off for the next couple weeks. You can catch Lawson this Saturday in the North Dakota State Fair parade. We are number 46. The parade will be broadcast on KX networks throughout the state.
A busy doubleheader weekend is upcoming for Lawson Racing this weekend. We will be in action Friday night out at River Cities Speedway as a support class for the World of Outlaw Late Model race. We will then be in action on Saturday night out at the Devils Lake Speedway for our 3rd and final visit to the track this season.