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– EAGLE, Neb. (June 28) – He had to be patient in the pits before he could be patient on the track.
On Saturday, Jack Dover was both and it paid off at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., where he picked up his fifth victory of the season.
The 21-year-old from Springfield, Neb., was forced to start ninth in the B Main after missing his heat race because of a mechanical issue. After solving the problem, he charged to third and advanced to the feature. Dover then rocketed from 19th to take over the top spot with four laps remaining.
“Just coming from the back like that, I think it’s fun because it makes me work harder for it and it puts on a hell of a show for the fans,” said Dover, who’s recorded four of his wins this season at Eagle Raceway.
“However, everybody thought my cookies after the race were better than the race.”
After putting on a show for the fans under the green flag, Dover went for the encore on the frontstretch following the checkered flag. He spun his car around about eight times and then slid perfectly into Victory Lane to the roar of the crowd.
It was the shining moment after an afternoon filled with frustration.
When he went out for hot laps, the car wasn’t running well. The team switched the fuel pump and the MSD box, but it was to no avail. The car still ran poorly and he missed his heat race.
The crew changed the magneto and the engine still struggled during a practice lap. Dover said he thought it was down to either the spark plugs or wires, so he changed the plugs. That fixed the issue and the car ran great during a two-lap practice session before the B Main.
“I knew we had to find it eventually,” Dover said.
Because he didn’t compete in his heat race, Dover was relegated to start ninth in the B Main. He finished third to claim a transfer position to the feature, where he started second to last.
“I just kept telling myself to be patient and not kill my tires,” he said. “Just like the Eagle Nationals, I conserved my tires until halfway and then gave them hell.”
With about 10 laps remaining, Dover had climbed to second place and he stalked the leader until the final laps. Dover drove to the top in turns three and four as he powered into the lead with approximately four laps to go.
He’ll try to continue his winning ways with a four-day weekend starting Thursday at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., with the ASCS Midwest Region.
Dover will compete in another ASCS Midwest race on Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., before an ASCS Sooner vs. Warrior Region event on Saturday at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo. He’ll wrap up the weekend on Sunday at Double-X Speedway in California, Mo., with the ASCS Warrior Region.
QUICK RESULTS –
June 25 – Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb. – Heat race: (DNS); B Main: 3 (9); Feature: 1 (19).
SEASON STATS –
18 races, 5 wins, 13 top fives, 16 top 10s, 17 top 15s, 18 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Thursday at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., and Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., with the ASCS Midwest Region; Saturday at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., with the ASCS Sooner and Warrior Regions; Sunday at Double-X Speedway in California, Mo., with the ASCS Warrior Region
FAVORITE NUMBER –
3: Consecutive weeks with a victory, including last Saturday at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., where he started 19th.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
ON THE AIR –
Dover was a featured guest on the ASCS Show with Racinboys on June 14 after his win at the Eagle Nationals. His interview starts around 18:40.
He was also on the ASCS Show with Racinboys on June 7. Check out the link below for his interview, which begins around the 6:50 mark.
Here’s a link to some on-board video of Dover winning his heat race at Knoxville Raceway on June 4:
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“Certified Transmission did a great job in repairing the transmission in my truck, which runs better than ever now,” Dover said.
Dover would also like to thank Thorpe’s Body Shop, Trail Performance Coatings, Inc., Home Pride Companies, Inc., Shaver Engines, Eagle Motorsports, Inc., The Oil Medics and ButlerBuilt for their continued support.