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Emily Packard Busy Weekend Recap
Posted by: newsla on May 20, 2014 - 02:45 PM
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Emily Packard Busy Weekend Recap


With Mother Nature winning again postponing the Devil’s Bowl race to Sunday, it was off to Airborne Speedway for Emily Packard and her 9X Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels sponsored team for the ACT 100 race.

 

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Spending most of the afternoon practicing and getting the car to run consistent laps, Packard hit the track in the second heat race starting in the 8th and final starting spot in her heat. With only 10 laps to work her way to the front, Packard found herself crossing the finish line on the last lap in 6th position, forcing her to have to run the consolation race. “I found myself behind some slower cars, and with only ten laps to move up, I had to work to get around them longer than I wanted,” said Packard. Staring the consolation race in third, Packard maintained the third position throughout the race to finish in third and get her into the race.

Starting 10th in the feature, Packard knew that she could only wait so long before she had to make her move. “With a 100 lap race it’s not as critical to maintain your tires. You want to conserve a little bit at the beginning, but not as you would in a 150 lap race,” said Packard. After an early caution, the race ran green for more than 80 laps and Packard drove her own race falling back to 11th, and then driving back up to 10th.

With the final caution coming out on lap 94, Packard restarted the race in 9th position, but things didn’t go as planned on the restart. “Two cars in front of me started to go sideways and there was nothing that we could have done about it,” Packard said. This jam up allowed for the outside lane to move up, and Packard lost two positions, falling back out of the top ten. She battled with the 58VT for the last 6 laps, trying to get back up into the top ten, but when the checkers fell she was in 11th position. “I am happy with my finish,” said Packard, “we always want to make sure that we are towards the front of the field at the end. We are coming home with a decent car and had a really good day.”

With Airborne in the books, Packard and the team packed up and headed over to Devil’s Bowl Speedway to run the rescheduled race postponed from Friday night. Since she doesn’t often get to run in front of one of her sponsors, Rutland Regional Medical Center, this was a great opportunity to do just that. This was also a chance for the late model teams to support the local tracks, as well as get some valuable information on how the car handles.

Starting in second during her heat, she wasted no time getting out front and checking out. Leading the majority of the laps she was almost a straight away ahead of the second place car at the finish. After the redraw, Packard started 9th in the feature, and when the green flag fell, she found herself marred behind two cars that held her up. “We had a really fast car, I caught a few bad breaks and felt that I could have gotten a little more,” said Packard.

Packard made her way around the slower cars, continuing to work her way up to the front, but the cautions seemed to come out just as she was making the pass. On the last lap, Packard went high in turn three, making it three wide coming off turn four heading to the checkered flag, coming across the line in the fourth position, just edging out the other two drivers. “In the end we made it up to fourth, which we are really happy with,” Packard said, “We were here to learn more about the car and try to make a little more headway. We were able to achieve that goal.”

“A big thank you to my sponsors, Northstar Fireworks, Packard Fuels, Yipes! of Barre, Fecteau Homes, Berlin Optical Expressions, GossCars.com, Be the Match, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and R.G. Paving, I appreciate their sponsorship.”

Packard finds herself fourth in the ACT Tour points heading into the next race, the Riverside 150 ACT race at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on June 7th.

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