RUDOLPH CONCLUDES A
HISTORIC SEASON IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
Erick Rudolph of
Ransomville and the DeLange Racing team wrapped up a very impressive
year of racing in Upstate New York last weekend. On Saturday the
team headed to Chemung Speedrome in the Southern Tier to compete
against the cars and stars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. In
what proved to be a very competitive race, the 16-year-old driver
more than held his own and finished sixth, his best result so far in
eight Whelen Tour races. He was pleased with his accomplishment but
not completely satisfied.
"We had a pretty good run tonight and got a sixth place finish out
of it," Erick explained. "We really didn't have the car to go to the
front. We worked all day trying to get it right; first it was tight
and then it was loose and we struggled back and forth trying to find
a middle ground. It ended up being a tad too loose in the feature
but we came out with a solid finish anyway.
On Sunday the team returned home to Dunn Tire Raceway Park for the
completion of the US Open. Rudolph had won the first three
Modified-type feature events and was hoping to conclude the sweep in
the 100-lap Race of Champions Tour 100. But he battled an
ill-handling racecar all day and still came away with a respectable
seventh place finish against a stellar field. But like any good
racer, he wasn't content with anything short of winning.
"I was disappointed today," Rudolph admitted. "I thought we would
come out of here with a little better finish after last week but we
just didn't have that success today. All year we've struggled with
our program for 100-lap races here at DTRP. We'll have to keep
working on it for next year. We have a long winter to think about it
so hopefully we can come back with something better in 2009."
Despite an unsatisfactory effort in his final race of 2008 at his
home track, Erick and the DeLange team have reason to be proud of
what was a record-setting season. For the first time in the 50-year
history of the Lancaster track, the teenager was the first-ever
driver to win the track championship in both major open wheel
divisions. His extraordinary feat proves this third generation racer
has a bright future ahead of him. Please join us in congratulating
this talented young man.
Two races remain on the 2008 schedule for Erick Rudolph and the
DeLange Racing team. On October 19 they will head east to historic
Thompson International Speedway to challenge the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour in the World Series of Speedway Racing, the biggest
auto racing event of its kind in the Northeast. Then on the first
weekend in November they will head south to Concord, North Carolina
for the Sixth Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout
at Concord Motorsport Park.