|The 2014 race season is off to a great start. Three drivers and crews were in Ocala and Tampa, Florida for a week working on technique, experience, dialing-in, and prize money. The teams showed that they were a strong force on both tracks.
The #32M car driven by Derek Hastings at the 2014 USAC Winter Dirt GAMES V, in Ocala was one of the (33) entries in the three night racing event. He finished 6th in his heat on Thursday night with a 7th place finish in the B-Main. While Friday night was a rain out, Saturday lead him to a 7th place heat finish and 10th place finish in the B-Main to wrap up the race event.
While #2M driver, Steve Irwin made his debut in Ocala, the car seemed to be plagued with bad luck. Thursday saw the car with a broken drive spud and a crash. Friday evening, the event was rained out. The second car was quickly put together by a talented crew. While the car was looking strong and competitive on the track, the engine was then plagued with issues that ultimately resulted in an early evening for the #2M machine. Steve stated, “I was really proud of my crew for all their hard work. Being able to build another car at the track and have it be competitive is a big task. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
Car #33M, driven by Bryan Sebetto took to the track further south in Tampa, Florida, at the Eastbay Raceway Park. There were (52) cars signed in for the 3 night racing event, including some of the best 360 and 410 drivers from the United States and Canada. Sebetto started Thursday night off with a 1st place finish in his heat race and locked in for the A-Main event. He finished 8th in the A-Main and was 6th overall in points at the end of the night. Friday’s event placed him in a 2nd place finish in his heat and again locked him into the A-Main event. He finished 3rd in the A-Main and finished 2nd in overall points for the night. The placement in points locked him into Saturday’s A-Main and a start from outside the front row. His (40) lap run in the $10,000-to-Win A-Main finished in 11th place to wrap up the event.
Drivers and teams worked hard all week long to dial-in the cars and make their cars the toughest to beat in the field. Results show much success was achieved in this winter season opener!