By Bill W
April 13, 2011 – It was a bumpy start to sprint car driver Josh Fisher’s 2011 campaign, but he came away from the LA Raceway in LaMonte, Missouri knowing that he has a fast racecar. It was fortunate that the Smithton, Missouri driver could even race, after smoking a motor in practice the week before. Jack Hockett came to the rescue, and Josh was able to use his motor.
Obviously, Josh appreciated the generosity. “I have to thank Jack Hockett,” he says. “We blew our motor in practice the week before and he let us use his at LaMonte. Without him, we probably weren’t going to be racing.”
LaMonte hosted the first race ever for the new ASCS-Warrior regional sanction. The series replaces the Winged Outlaw Warriors in the Missouri area. Josh drew outside row four for his heat, but received a break when someone in front of him didn’t make the call. “We were able to run from sixth to third in the heat. The track was slicking off in a hurry and the car just wasn’t quite right for it.”
Adjustments were made for the main event, and Josh drew a spot outside of row two. His run up front didn’t last long. “We went down into the first corner and got crossed up right away and spun out,” he says. “I had to go back to 20th and we were able to take off again.”
The defending Lake Ozark Speedway champion went to work immediately, advancing forward on a track that some found it hard to find passing room. “I was really the only one passing a bunch of cars there,” says Josh. “I took rubber in certain spots out there, but no one was really running in it. They were running in one spot, and I was able to move around on the track and move up there.”
Soon he was vying for the top five again, but that would come to an abrupt halt. “We were able to get back up to seventh,” says Josh. “About that time, (Jonathan) Cornell and (Matt) Covington got together. They spun and I didn’t have anywhere to go. I got into the side of Cornell and he ran over the top of me. We were done after that.”
Josh knows that the Ozark Barge & Dock Service #86 was fast on Saturday. “We definitely had a top five car…even coming from the back,” he says. “We just didn’t have any luck to go with it on Saturday.”
It looks like it will be a couple of weeks before Josh can hit the track again. “We’re not sure when we will get our next race in,” he says. “The next Warrior race (May 6 at Tri-City) was postponed, and it looks like the Lake (Ozark Speedway) is opening back up around April 30. That may be our next race. We plan on running the Warrior schedule. Our motor is getting looked at next week.”
With Rowden Speedway, LLC taking over from the Gundaker family at Lake Ozark Speedway, central Missouri is back in business for weekly racing on Saturday nights. Josh also has plans with Hockett on Sundays. “We’re also planning on running Jack Hockett’s sprint car at Jesse Hockett’s Double X Speedway on Sunday nights,” he says. “I’m not sure what their schedule is yet, but we’ll be there most Sundays running for Jack.”
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Josh would like to thank the following sponsors for all their help: Ozark Barge & Dock Services Inc., ASAP Properties, Impact Wraps, Impact Sign & Lighting, Fischer’s Concrete, Champion Brands, Bill Ferguson Livestock Trucking, K&N Filters, Butler Built Seats, Maxim Racing Chassis, Winters Performance, Bell Helmets, Hoosier Tires, Ramey Dirtworks, TCI Tire Centers and Brian’s Gym.