From Tommy Goudge, Don Wilshe Photo (August 19, 2010) – London, Ontario driver Ryan Litt and the #07L BS&B Radiator/OTC Tools Sprint Car team were close to getting their third win of 2010 on Saturday at Salem Speedway.
Contact with a lapped machine ended Ryan’s race though, and damaged the Claxton-powered Beast chassis as well. This weekend Ryan will be driving a different car when the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series competes at Wisconsin’s Slinger Super Speedway.
Salem Speedway’s high banked half mile is one of Ryan’s favourite tracks, and the day started well with Ryan qualifying sixth, winning a heat race, and leading the feature race.
“Salem went well, but we didn’t have a good finish,” says Ryan. “The car was a rocket all day – one of the best I’ve ever had at the high banks.“
Things went from good to bad quickly in the feature, when an unfortunate incident ended Ryan’s race.
“We had a huge lead in the feature when a lap car turned down on us and sent us into the fence backwards,” says Ryan. “It was a bad deal. I know we had the car to beat, and surely would have taken home the checkers.”
A bad crash has derailed the #07 team for the second year in a row, but this time the Beast chassis can be fixed rather than scrapped.
“Our car got hurt pretty bad at Salem,” says Ryan. “It hit backwards and the bottom frame rail and left side upright took the brunt of the impact. We had to strip the car and send it to Beast for repair.”
The #07 machine is out of action for a few weeks, but Ryan isn’t. Don and Suellen Wilshe called, and Ryan will drive one of their machines at Slinger. Ryan is excited about the opportunity, and happy he has a chance to maintain or improve upon his fourth place standing in the Must See Racing championship chase.
“I was lucky enough to get a call from Don Wilshe on Monday to drive one of his cars,” says Ryan. “I’ll be running as a teammate to Jason Blonde with the Biobased USA Wilshe Motorsports team. I can’t thank Don and Suellen enough for the opportunity to not only race, but race in good equipment. Hopefully things go well and we can continue to work together in the future.”
The event at Slinger is the first for winged Sprint Cars at the high-banked quarter mile oval. The legendary track has produced such racing stars as Dick Trickle, Alan Kulwicki, and Matt Kenseth. History will likely be made in Saturday’s qualifying session, as a new world record lap for a quarter mile oval should be set.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Slinger, and can’t wait to race there,” says Ryan. “(I’m) looking for a really strong run to rebound after the Salem deal.“
Must See Racing Extreme Sprint Series 2010 Season Race #7
Slinger Super Speedway
280 Cedar Creek Road
Slinger, WI 53086
Phone: 262 644-5921
On The Web: www.SlingerSuperSpeedway.com
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Practice @ 3:00 p.m., Qualifying @ 5:00 p.m., Autograph Session @ 6:00 p.m., Opening Ceremonies and Racing @ 6:30 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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