The Chrome Horn News



    Last weekend DeLange Racing made their first NASCAR appearance in a Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina. The #45 Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete Modified went through NASCAR’s extensive technical inspection by both Northern and Southern Tour officials on Friday afternoon and the car passed with flying colors. Day one was an unqualified success.
    On Saturday the focus went from the infield inspection area to the race track. Driver Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, New York took his first laps on the .455-mile paved oval and quickly came up to a competitive speed. With his input to the crew, additional adjustments were made to ready the car for qualifying. Based on his practice performance, there was confidence that the teenage driver could turn a lap that was fast enough to earn him a spot in the starting lineup for the night’s 150-lap feature race.
    But a fuel pickup problem as he went out for his time trial caused the motor to stumble and eventually stall on the first of two planned laps. Erick did manage to restart the engine and run his second lap, but with a balky motor and no heat in the tires his lap times narrowly missed the cutoff point for qualifying. His day ended at that point and Erick was forced to watch the race from the pit area with the crew.
    “We had a good setup in the car for practice,” explained Rudolph after qualifying. “Our lap times were fast enough to make the race. We made our usual adjustments for time trials and went out on the track. On our warm-up lap the motor started to miss badly and as we took the green flag for our first lap on the clock it stalled completely. I was able to get it restarted but since we took the original green we only had one lap coming to us. Everyone was faster on their second lap after building heat in the tires but we only had one lap so our tires were still cold. We didn’t miss by much, but we didn’t make the race. It was a huge disappointment for all of us. But that’s just part of racing and all you can do is learn from it and do better the next time. I’m really looking forward to Thompson in two weeks.”
    The next event for Rudolph and DeLange Racing is the traditional season opener for auto racing in the Northeast, the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway on April 5-6. The headline event on the program is a 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race featuring most of the top drivers in NASCAR’s oldest division. This will be Rudolph’s first visit to Thompson and his first appearance in a Whelen Modified Tour race. He looks forward enthusiastically to the toughest challenge yet in his young racing career. 


Source:  Bruce Boucher / DeLange Racing PR
Posted:  March 27, 2008

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