Saturday, October 24, 2009

Night #3 - Wythe Practice & Qualifying

Although the team only managed to qualify 35th, it wasn't for lack of effort. The car is working well. We were able to pick up half a second in the practice sessions held after qualifing.

He starts 8th in his heat today and they are taking 4 to the feature. We are optimistic on our chances of making the feature.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Volunteer Speedway - Night #2

Butch lined up in 8th place for his heat event, but didn't make it far. Going into turn three on the first lap, Mike Blose made contact, cutting down Butch's left front tire, sending him into the infield for the remainder of the event. We were now forced to run the second of 3 b-mains to try to make it into the race.

Butch lined up 11th in the 10-lap b-main and made a valiant effort to bring home a 5th place finish, but it wasn't good enough to make the feature, as they were only taking the top 3 cars.

We were disappointed and had a better car than our results show.

Tonight we will be at Wythe Raceway for Practice and Qualifying for the final event of the 2009 FASTRAK Grand Nationals. Butch currently sits in 24th place in the points standings. Northeast driver Mike Pegher Jr is leading the points.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Practice/Qualifying at Volunteer Speedway

After being 14th fastest in the first practice session, things went downhill for the Lambert Racing team throughout the night. 49 cars were signed in for Night #2 of the FASTRAK Grand Nationals and Butch was able to put in a 37th place qualifying effort. The margin between fast time and Butch's effort was less than 7/10ths of a second.

Heat races, b-mains & the 50 lap feature event will take place tonight. We believe Butch will start 8th in the 2nd of 5 heat races. He will need at least a 4th place finish to make the feature from the heat. If not, he will have to qualify through one of the the two b-mains that will take place and will likely need to finish 1st or 2nd to make the feature.

More updates tonight!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


In less than 24 hours, Butch and the Lambert Racing #27 FASTRAK Crate Late Model team will head south to Tennessee and Virginia to compete in Night #2 and Night #3 of the 2009 FASTRAK Grand Nationals.

On Saturday, October 3rd, Mercer Raceway Park hosted Night #1 of the Grand Nationals for the Northeast Region. After initially starting 17th, then being relegated to 22nd after being caught up in a first lap crash, Butch managed to work his way up to battle David Scott for the 5th place position in the closing laps of the event. He had to settle for a 6th place finish, which put the team in an interesting dilemma since we had drawn a line in the sand at needing to finish 5th or better to move on to Nights #2 & #3 in the South. After much debate, the team has decided to go ahead and make the 8+ hour tow to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA this week.

Night #2 will find us on the fringe of the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and the team's first ever visit to Volunteer Speedway on Wednesday, October 21st for practice and qualifying. On Thursday, Night #2 will end with heats, b-mains, a 50-lap feature event and non-qualifiers races. When the action ends Thursday night, the team will head North on 81 to Rural Retreat, VA for the 2009 Grand Nationals Finale (Night #3) at Wythe Raceway. The action on Friday, October 23rd will include practice and qualifying, with the heats, b's and features the next night, when the 2009 Champion will be crowned. Butch is going into the events in a three-way tie for 6th place (24th overall). Teams from all of the US are expected and the Northeast region will be well represented with 15 or so teams expected to make the trip.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

2009 Season Comes to Close as Lambert Eyes Grand Nationals

The 2009 season is just about over for Butch and the #27 Lambert Racing team. It has been a season of highs and lows but it's not over yet! Up next for the team is the long anticipated FASTRAK Grand Nationals, a three race series that pays an unbelievable $30,000 to the winner. All FASTRAK Teams in the nation start at zero points for Night #1 of Nationals, which takes place in their own Regions. The Southern Region will compete at Lavonia Speedway in Georgia, the Great Lakes Region at Langlade Speedway in Wisconsin, and the Northeast at Mercer Raceway Park here in PA. All of the regions come together for Nights #2 and #3 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee and Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia. At the end of Night #3, the driver with the most points accumulated will be crowned the 2009 Grand National Champion!

The team is going into Night #1 at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, October 3rd needing to finish 5th or better to move on to Nights #2 & #3 in the south. We feel that anything worse than a fifth place will not be enough points to justify making the trip South due to lack of funds. Last year's trip cost the team over $2500 and we fell just one point shy of finishing in the Top 30 in points to win any money and came home with only $140 in winnings.

Fifty drivers are eligible to run in Night #1 of the Grand Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park, but we expect the car count to be around 30 cars. Butch is coming off of a 3rd place finish in the last FASTRAK Northeast Tour Event at Mercer on September 12th, so we have high hopes of a good finish.

All of the seasonal points battles are over for 2009. Although they are still auditing the points for the FASTRAK National Weekly Championship, Butch looks to have finished in 30th place out of almost 300 drivers in the US. Four of the top 8 drivers in the points are from the Northeast Division, which is a testament to how strong the competition is in the Northeast.

The final FASTRAK Northeast Tour Event was held last Saturday at McKean County Speedway. Butch finished 7th in the race to wrap up an 8th place finish in the Tour points despite missing two events earlier in the season. He also finished 8th in points at Tri-City Speedway (missed 1 event) and Mercer Raceway Park, despite competing in only 9 of the 16 events held there.

Until next time...