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Rough Night For Godfather Motorsports At South Boston
Posted by: newsla on May 13, 2013 - 05:35 PM
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Rough Night For Godfather Motorsports At South Boston


Jerick Johnson and the KOMA Unwind Chevrolet team suffered through their first "off night" of the 2013 season Saturday at the history South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va., battling handling issues, on-track contact and Mother Nature en route to a disappointing, 24th-place finish.

 

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"We tried something that just didn't work," admitted crew chief Jim Gallison, Jr. "And after qualifying in the second-half of the field, things went steadily downhill from there."

In the opening laps of the main event, a multi-car, fourth-turn crash left the track essentially blocked, forcing Johnson and two other cars to take evasive action by steering down pit road. Despite not being a part of the crash, the KOMA Unwind car was placed at the rear of the field by series officials for the restart. Battling an ill-handling chassis, Johnson managed to pass a handful of cars in the ensuing laps, before being hit from behind by

another car and spinning in the second turn. The caution flag never flew for that incident and Johnson was lapped by the leaders while attempting to re-fire the car.

"I don't know why they didn't throw the yellow," said Johnson afterward. "Rain was on the way, and I guess they wanted to keep the race rolling, but it sure ruined our day."

A trio of pit stops for handling adjustments left Johnson multiple laps down, and when light rain began to fall, causing a number of on-track incidents, the KOMA Unwind team decided to pull behind the wall, rather than risk wrecking the car.

"There wasn't much reason to risk it," said Johnson. "We might have gained three or four spots by finishing the race, but we also could have lost a race car. We'll regroup and come back in two weeks at Caraway."

Next up for the KOMA Unwind/Godfather Motorsports team is a special Friday night event at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC, on Friday night, May 24.

Race results from South Boston Speedway:
1. #25 - Ross Kenseth - 142 Laps
2. #31 - Kyle Grissom - 142
3. #4 - Jay Fogleman - 142
4. #26 - Preston Peltier - 142
5. #29 - Kyle Moon - 142
6. #05 - Alex Fleming - 142
7. #39 - Kenzie Ruston - 142
8. #129 -Spencer Davis - 142
9. #47 - Trey Mitchell - 142
10. #104 - Kevin Powell - 142
11. #8f - Tate Fogleman - 142
12. #2 - Trevor Noles - 140
13. #48 - John Batten - 140
14. #57 - Cole Timm - 135
15. #14 - Clete Caywood - 133
16. #98 - Jody Measamer - 133
17. #13 - Joe Ryan Osbourne - 131
18. #97 - Brandon Lynn - 118
19. #62 - Brandon Ward - 115
20. #33 - Roger Lee Newton - 111
21. #41 - David Quackenbush - 77
22. #5t - Tim George, Jr. - 76
23. #8 - Joseph Mursuli - 57
24. #30 - Jerick Johnson - 56
25. #45 - Mark Beard - 54
26. #5 - Bobby Gower - 54
27. #5w - Spencer Wauters - 49
28. #18 - Bill Catania - 48
29. #50 - Karl Weber - 36

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