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Mechanical Failure Sidelines Joyce Early In Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Feb 21, 2014 - 04:10 PM
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Mechanical Failure Sidelines Joyce Early In Daytona


Gilford, N.H. native Cory Joyce and the No. 89 Kyros Entertainment Toyota Camry team finished 26th on Tuesday, February 18, in the driver's first race at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, Joyce's car lost its braking capabilities at the halfway point causing the driver to retire early from the 150-lap UNOH Battle at the Beach.

 

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Competing on the tight 0.37-mile flat track, it was Joyce's first time racing on the temporary track at the historic speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 22-year-old spent two daytime practice sessions working on his line around the short track, as well as working through a few different set up options and learning to pass on the difficult course. In a race with heightened competition, only 26 cars were scheduled to take the green-flag on Friday night. With 30 cars attempting to make the field, Joyce beat several drivers during qualifying to secure his place in the 26-car field.

When the green flag waved shortly after 8:45 p.m. EST, Joyce rolled off in the 24th position in his No. 89 Kyros Entertainment Toyota Camry. The driver listened closely as his spotter guided Joyce on the best time and place to attempt passes. As the race progressed, Joyce calmly and methodically picked off the competition to gain positions one by one. During the lap 57 caution period, Joyce called into his crew expressing concern regarding the behavior of his brakes. Driving with a very stiff brake pedal, Joyce had to apply hard pressure on the pedal at each end of the track to attempt to slow his car and make the corner.

Restarting the race just laps before the halfway point, Joyce had raced up to the 14th position. The restart had regrouped the field tightly together and put Joyce in a position where he had to work even harder to slow his car in each turn. On lap 75, Joyce made contact with another competitor in turns 1 and 2 to cause damage to the right front of the Kyros Entertainment Camry. Joyce brought his car initially to the pit area and ultimately to the garage, where the team was able to diagnose a mechanical failure in the master cylinder. Unable to repair the broken part, Joyce officially retired from the event.

"I'm proud of what our Kyros Entertainment Toyota team was able to accomplish today at Daytona International Speedway," commented Joyce. "While we didn't get the finish we had hoped for, I don't feel that the results reflect the strength of our team or the strength of our car. In just half of the event, we had picked up 10 positions on the track and I think we were capable of getting several more before the checkered flag. I'm so thankful for the support of Kyros Entertainment and Logicor; I can't thank either one of them enough for helping make my dream of racing at Daytona International Speedway a reality."

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