Rockin’ Rodney Brooks and the No. 30 Trinity Oaks Senior Living Community/KOMA Unwind Ford took a page out of Charles Dickens’ “Tale Of Two Cities” Saturday, experiencing the best of times and the worst of times en route to a 10th-place finish in the “Wildcat 150” at South Carolina’s Dillon Motor Speedway.
Brooks was among the fastest cars in practice throughout the afternoon, but qualified only 12th best in time trials with a fast lap at 16.595 seconds. “I was upset with myself,” said Brooks after qualifying. “I left a couple of tenths on the table and when the feature started, I was an angry driver.”
That anger paid immediate dividends, as Brooks surged forward from his 12th starting spot with a sizzling, high-lane drive. He cracked the Top-10 almost immediately, took eighth place on Lap 42 and cracked the Top-5 on Lap 62.
“The car was absolutely perfect,” he said. “(Crew chief) Jim Gallison gave me a flawless chassis set-up and McGunegill Engine Performance provided all the horsepower I needed. I didn’t even try passing cars on the inside. I could just roll the high groove and knock them off, one after another.”
Brooks climbed to third by the halfway mark of the 150-lap race and appeared poised to make a run for the front. “I said to myself, `Holy cow, those are the leaders,’” he recalled. “I couldn’t believe how quickly I was reeling them in. There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to take the lead and win that race.” Unfortunately, as Brooks made his move for the runner-up position, the racing Gods turned thumbs-down. “We ended up getting forced three-wide in the turn and the second-place car door-slammed me pretty hard,” he said. “As soon as I stepped on the gas, I knew something was wrong in the rear end. The car went instantly loose and I could barely touch the throttle the rest of the way.”
Brooks hung tough despite a broken rear locker assembly robbed forward bite from one of the rear wheels, eventually finishing a disappointing 10th in the final rundown.
“I wanted to cry,” he said afterward. “We were just that close to winning our first Pro All Stars Series race, in only our third start together. It’s disappointing, but with the help of our friends at Trinity Oaks Senior Living and KOMA Unwind, I know we going to get one soon.”
Next up for the Trinity Oaks Senior Living/KOMA Unwind Ford team is the 8th Annual “Orange Blossom 150” at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC on Saturday night, Oct. 19.
PASS “Wildcat 150” Results
1) 98h – Daniel Hemric - 150 Laps
2) 4 – Jay Fogleman - 150
3) 2 – Trevor Noles - 150
4) 98 – Jody Measamer - 150
5) 7 – Tyler Church - 150
6) 14 – Clete Caywood - 150
7) 5 – Spencer Wauters - 150
8) 48 – John Batten - 150
9) 31 – Kyle Grissom - 150
10) 30 – Rodney Brooks - 150
11) 05 - Alex Fleming - 150
12) 50 – Karl Weber - 148
13) 129 – Spencer Davis - 148
14) 8f – Tate Fogleman - 147
15) 8 – Joseph Mursuli - 147
16) 71 – Jimmy Doyle - 99
17) 18 – Bill Catania - 93
18) 80 – Shannon Mines - 92
19) 89 – Lee Hansard - 36
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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