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...