|"Rockin' Rodney" (30) restarts sixth|
That’s the verdict handed down by driver “Rockin’ Rodney” Brooks after a seventh-place finish in Sunday afternoon’s rain-delayed “Over The Mountain 150” Pro All Stars Series race at Hickory Motor Speedway. Postponed the previous evening by rain, Sunday’s race featured warm temperatures and sunny skies, forcing the Trinity Oaks Senior Living Community/KOMA Unwind Ford team to make some last-minute changes to their chassis set-up.
Those adjustments worked, with Brooks turning a practice lap in 15.218 seconds; third fastest in the 28-car field. He lowered the bar even further in time-trail qualifying, turning a lap at 15.187 seconds, good for sixth overall. He drew the seventh starting slot in the mandatory Top-10 redraw, and immediately surged forward at the start of the 150-lap main event. He was fifth by lap 50, and took over the fourth spot just a few laps later, despite battling a loose condition that made the Trinity Oaks/KOMA Unwind Ford a handful in the corners.
|Brooks is interviewed before the race|
A puzzling scoring snafu cost the team two positions under a mid-race caution, when confusion surrounding the proper position of a lapped car dropped Brooks to the sixth place.
“I have no idea what happened there,” said Brooks afterward. “All I know is that two guys who were behind me all day restarted the race in front of me. It was frustrating, but all we could do was keep our composure and try to get those spots back.”
Brooks battled an increasingly loose-handling race car throughout the second half of the race, but managed to drop only one more spot; that coming on a late-race restart en route to seventh place in the final run down.
“We didn’t have a perfect car today,” said Godfather Motorsports crew chief Jim Gallison, Jr., “but Rodney drove the heck out of it. It has taken us a while to get things rolling this season, but with Top-8 finishes in our last two starts, we’ve finally got a little momentum going. The guys worked hard today, and we can’t wait for our next race in two weeks.
Next up for the Trinity Oaks Senior Living/KOMA Unwind Ford team is the “PASS 150” at Dillon (SC) Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Oct. 5.
PASS “Over The Mountain 150” Results
1. Tyler Church 15. Bobby Measmer, Jr
2. Preston Peltier 16. Jimmy Doyle
3. Jay Fogleman 17. Justin Allison
4. Ryan Moore 18. Mark Reedy
5. Roger Lee Newton 19. Randy Gentry
6. Trevor Noles 20. John Batten
7. Rockin’ Rodney Brooks 21. Jody Measamer
8. Brandon Ward 22. Clete Caywood
9. Kyle Grissom 23. Joe Mursuli
10. Jared Irvan 24. Ted Michelson
11. Russell Fleeman 25. Cole Timm
12. Colt James 26. Tyler Audie
13. Joe Ryan Osborne 27. Tate Fogleman
14. Spencer Davis 28. Brandon Setzer
29. Kevin Powell
About Godfather Motorsports – Godfather Motorsports is owned by Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio personality Dave Moody and enjoys major sponsorship from Trinity Oaks Senior Living Community of Salisbury, NC. The team also boasts a comprehensive list of technological and marketing partners that includes Valvoline Motor Oil, Eibach Springs, ASM Graphics, Race 101, CV Products, ARBodies and Phantom Racing Gear. For additional information on the team and marketing opportunities with Godfather Motorsports, contact Dave Moody -- firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Godfather Motorsports website at www.GodfatherMotorsports.com.
About Trinity Oaks Senior Living Community -- Located in historic Salisbury, North Carolina near the gently rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few hours from the magnificent Carolina beaches. The community is conveniently located near Interstate 85 and midway between two airports, Charlotte and Greensboro, making travel easy. Here, the area is highlighted by gentle changes in the seasons. Trinity Oaks is a continuing care retirement community where those 60 and over focus on enhancing life’s many opportunities. The Trinity Oaks campus has become a Salisbury landmark where traditions of the past blend with the culture of the future. historic Salisbury, NC, Trinity Oaks is a continuing care retirement community where residents age 60 and over enjoy a lifestyle filled with activities, group and individual outings and personal enrichment opportunities. Its impeccably maintained campus is a Salisbury landmark, blending traditions of the past with state of the art amenities, fine dining and time spent in the company of others who share a passion for life. Learn more about Trinity Oaks at www.trinityoaks.net.
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