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– ELDON, Mo. (May 2) – A big smile and a sigh of relief best summarizes the weekend for Haley and Miranda Arnold Motorsports.
Oh, and throw in Haley’s patented two thumbs up.
“It was a great weekend for Haley and Miranda Arnold Motorsports,” she said.
In her first 305 race of the season, Haley finished second at L A Raceway in La Monte, Mo., on Friday. She then capped the weekend with a sixth-place finish at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., on Saturday – her first top 10 of the season in a 360.
Miranda, who was Haley’s crew chief on Friday, overcame a handful of issues on Saturday to transfer out of the B Main and drive from 18th to fourth in the feature at Lake Ozark Speedway – her first top five of the year.
“I was trying so hard,” Miranda said. “I was driving the wheels of it.”
The weekend didn’t start out with a good sign as the power steering line broke in Haley’s car Friday night during hot laps. Despite that setback, she drove from sixth to second in her heat race after fixing the issue.
That earned her the outside pole for the feature. She battled for the lead early before falling back by half a straightaway. However, Haley closed the gap in the final laps before running out of time to challenge for the win.
“We got close toward the end,” she said. “If we had a few more laps and a caution, maybe I would have been able to win.
The momentum carried into Saturday’s race for Haley, who finished third in her heat race and avoided disaster in the feature to place sixth.
“To be honest, it was one of those tracks that I was just glad we survived,” she said. “Turns one and two had the biggest monster hole that took everyone out. If you survived, you were lucky.”
Miranda’s early trouble was that she couldn’t get on the track. The car wasn’t running properly, which forced her to miss hot laps and her heat race.
That relegated her to the B Main, which she drove from fifth to third – without a working right front shock – to earn a transfer. Miranda started 18th in the wild main event.
“My night started out pretty bad,” she said. “I just kinda kept my cool. I like tacky tracks. It was my first night being on a track that rough, so I was pretty excited for that. And I like to start at the back. I think that pushed me a lot.”
Evidently so. While cars were flipping or staying on the bottom to avoid the ruts, Miranda was driving through the middle and she worked her way up to a battle for third place at the end of the race.
“I didn’t really change much all night because I didn’t have enough time,” she said. “The car felt good in the feature. I was making the middle work in turns one and two.”
Fresh off their top 10s, Haley and Miranda plan on returning to Lake Ozark Speedway to race this Saturday.
QUICK RESULTS –
Haley: April 29 – L A Raceway in La Monte, Mo. – Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 2 (2).
April 30 – Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. – Heat race: 3 (1); Feature: 6 (7).
Miranda: April 30 – Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. – Heat race: DNS (7); B Main: 3 (5); Feature: 4 (18).
SEASON STATS –
Haley: 4 races, 2 features, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 2 top 20s
Miranda: 3 races, 2 features, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 2 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Haley: Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.
Miranda: Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.
FAVORITE NUMBER –
16: The number of combined cars Miranda passed in the feature and B Main Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
Haley’s Website: www.haleyarnold.com
Miranda’s Website: www.mirandaarnoldracing.com
Haley’s Twitter: www.twitter.com/haleyarnold165
Haley’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/haleyarnold165
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Haley-Arnold/#!/pages/Haley-Miranda-Arnold-Motorsports/
Haley’s Drive for Diversity: www.drivefordiversity.ning.com/profile/HaleyArnold165
Miranda’s Drive for Diversity: http://drivefordiversity.ning.com/profile/MirandaArnold
The Arnolds have graphic and sponsor t-shirts for sale, along with dog tags. For more information, visit www.haleyarnold.com.
WORLD MOTOR SPORTS BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION –
The Arnolds are partnering with the World Motor Sports Breast Cancer Foundation this year. They will be selling the foundation’s shirts in an assortment of sizes for $20 and all of the proceeds go directly to the World Motor Sports Breast Cancer Foundation.
“We are very excited to be working with the World Motor Sports Breast Cancer Foundation and we will do everything we can with our racing to promote this foundation,” Haley and Miranda said. “We plan to sell the World Motor Sports Breast Cancer Foundation shirts at all of our events and we need everyone to help us raise money by purchasing the shirts.”
For more information on the World Motor Sports Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.worldmotorsportsbcf.org.
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“We have been using K&N products for several years now,” Haley and Miranda said. “We started using K&N filters, oil and cleaner when we first started racing ATVs in 2006. We have had nothing but good luck with K&N products during those years.
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The Arnolds would like to thank their sponsors, including Mid-Mo Auto Sales, Impact Sign & Lighting Co., Fastenal, APG Fuel Bladders, Champion Oil, State Fair Moving & Storage, Butler Built Professional Seat Systems, Ralph’s Sandblasting, Buso’s AA Muffler, Hooker Harness, Xtreme Fuel Stick, Vortex Racing Products, Ti64 Titanium and Show-Me Asphalt for their continued support.