by Tommy Goudge, Ryan at Owosso 09, MudclodBob photo
(June 8, 2010) – Ryan Litt and the #07L BS&B Radiator/OTC Tools Beast/Claxton Sprint Car team didn’t have the week they’d hoped for in Indiana. They’re hoping moving East to Ohio will change their luck this weekend.
The week in Indiana started on Sunday, May 23 at Winchester Speedway. After running the 10th fastest lap in qualifying and 5th in his heat, Ryan started the feature in 10th. He was up to 3rd and challenging for 2nd when a magneto problem forced him out of the race.
Two days of practice at Anderson Speedway followed, then it was time for another race – the Must See Racing 60 at Anderson. Ryan qualified the #07L in 4th, and held on in the feature for a 4th place finish.
The Little 500 is the biggest race of the year for many drivers and teams, including Ryan and the #07L team. Qualifying went very well for the team as Ryan ran the 4th fastest time on Pole Day (Thursday) to lock into the field on the inside of row 2.
When the race started on Saturday night May 29, Ryan looked very good in the early going, moving up to 2nd by lap 130. Pit stops are not a regular part of Sprint Car racing, and when the team pitted on lap 130, problems in the pits cost the team time on the track. A broken rocker arm also caused problems, and Ryan ended up 9th when the checkered flag flew.
“After somewhat of a disappointing Little 500 week I’m really looking to run strong at Toledo,” says Ryan. “Our cars always work good there, so hopefully we can crack the setup in first practice and fine tune it for final practice.”
Ryan and the #07L team get back to action this Friday night at Toledo Speedway in the annual “Fastest Short Track Show in the World”, featuring the Auto Value Super Sprints series and Midwest Supermodified Association/Oswego Speedway challenge series. Ryan will be competing in both ends of the doubleheader evening.
“Toledo is without a doubt my favorite racetrack,” says Ryan. “It’s lightning fast, smooth, and they always pack the stands. Hopefully we get a good crowd because this year’s field of sprint cars will be the most competitive ever – I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few cars under the track record.”
Ryan was on his way to running one of the fastest laps of the day in time trials at Toledo last year when the left rear wheel broke off and sent him into the wall.
“I think we are going to be one of the cars to beat,” says Ryan. “We have been fast at every track so far this year, but have been riddled with bad luck.”
Ryan will be doing double duty this Friday, competing not only in his Sprint Car, but also in the #70 Supermodified owned by Gary Morton of Stouffville, Ontario.
“Gary called us this week about driving for him, and obviously we jumped at the opportunity,” says Ryan. “We are going to run the #70 at Toledo, and if things go well at Lorain (Ohio) on Saturday as well.”
Ryan hasn’t been behind the wheel of a Supermodified since August last year.
“I’m excited to get back behind the wheel of a Supermodified,” says Ryan. “I have been looking for a ride this year, so hopefully we can run good and get some more offers on the table, as this deal is only for this weekend.”
While Ryan has driven Supermodifieds in the past,
“The first step for me is just getting strapped in and getting comfortable, getting used to the way the car reacts. Then we will work on getting some speed out of it.”
Ryan has done double duty more than once in the past, and always enjoys the experience.
“The two cars are very different to drive, so it will definitely take a few laps to adjust,” says Ryan. “I love jumping back and forth between cars. You don’t have any down time, (and) all you’re thinking about is how to go faster in whatever you’re driving.”
“The Fastest Short Track Show in the World”
featuring the MSA/Oswego Supermodified Challenge series round #1,
and Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints series round #2.
5639 Benore Road
Toledo, Ohio 43612
On the Web: www.ArcaRacing.com
Friday June 11, 2010
Practice @ 3:00 p.m., Time Trials @ 5:00 p.m., Racing @ 7:30 p.m.
Ryan and the team would like to thank all their sponsors for their support during the 2010 season, including OTC Tools, BS&B Radiator, Linton Media, Linde Gases, Leaf Racewear, and Xtreme Metal Worx.
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