Pensacola, AL - After weeks of no stop work it was time to get down to business Friday night in the round one of a Gulf Coast double header weekend. A frustrating practice on Thursday led to more frustration but some signs of life in the short practice sessions on Friday before qualifying. Our Max force team kept throwing changes at our Fausak Tires Fusion and we were determined to keep at it until we came up with something that worked. A new set of changes and the team pushed Christine into the qualifying line. "After struggling for 2 days we finally had our Fausak Tire Ford rolling the corners," said Thomas. "It got to feeling too good to me on the money lap of qualifying and I overdrove the first corner costing us a few spots." Even with an over anxious qualifying lap the Moose timed in the 5th spot. Before the race started the real excitement for the evening was the kid's bike races.
After the kids put on a show it was time for the Moose and the Pro-Late Models. After weeks of fast cars and no results our team took a different approach to Friday nights race at 5 Flags, finish. With the drop of the green flag the Moose was lurking to move to the front but was being throttled back from the spotters stand. A smooth move to avoid a wreck on lap 2 was the beginning of changing the Moose's luck at Pensacola. The first half of the race, 2,3,4 ran nose to tail with the Moose running at half throttles at times to keep from pressing the issue with the 3rd place car. A caution at the halfway point bunched the field back together and it was time to press the issue and move forward. While the Moose was ready to go, Christine had lost grip to the rear wheel and the Moose went from the hunter to the hunted. The Moose fended off the 5th place car until the Fausak Tire Fusion slid up off of turn 4 and the Moose slid back to 5th. With just a few laps left the Moose was able to hang on for a top 5 and for the first time this season a complete racecar at the end of a Pensacola race.
Thomas: "Our Fausak Tire Ford was great early but it just didn't hang in there for the distance. Of course we haven't been the distance all year so we were in unchartered territory. It was tough not racing hard early but I learned a lot about patience and finishing races. A top 5 and whole car almost feels like a win, now that we've made 40 laps on the old worn out surface we have some ideas that we hope will make us better at the end next time. Really looking forward to Mobile tonight."
The Moose and the Fausak Tires and Service Ford Fusion will be back in action tonight at Mobile International Speedway for round 2 of the doubleheader weekend.