DELANGE RACING LOOKING TO SHUFFLE THE DECK
Last Saturday night was a bitter disappointment for Eric Beers and DeLange
Racing. Competing at Dunn Tire Raceway Park last Saturday night in the fifth
event on the 2009 Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour schedule, the
team felt that their familiarity with the half-mile oval would give them the
advantage needed to end up in Victory Lane at night's end. Add to that the
expertise offered by Bob Mueller of Troyer Race Cars for the night and it
seemed a likely result. But a motor problem disrupted their plans and they
took the checkered flag in sixth place. Although it was a top-ten finish, it
was hard to swallow for a team that had their sights set on winning. When
the team got back home they found the problem.
"Toward the end our heat race the motor was flat and it just got
worse and worse in the feature," explains Eric. "I felt like by the
checkered flag we were down at least 30 horsepower. The chassis setup we ran
that Bob Mueller gave us helped us out some, but because we didn't have any
horsepower. We finished sixth and that was like a win for us. But when we
got home and looked at the engine we found a broken valve spring that left
us running on seven cylinders. It was just a freak incident that is now
fixed and we should be back to normal when we return to the track."
That return will come this Saturday night as Mahoning Valley
Speedway deals Hand Three of the Modified 100 Poker Series. The #45 DeLange
Modified sponsored by Horwith Freightliner won the First Hand back in April
and looks to duplicate that feat when they return to the unique quarter-mile
oval. Team owner Dave DeLange is eagerly looking ahead to his return.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Mahoning Valley," DeLange
admits. "It has already turned into one of my two or three favorite tracks.
They always put on a good show and the competitors give the crowd some
fantastic racing. We're hungry to lay down the winning hand for the second
time in three shuffles. It's going to be fun."
Cut the deck and dole out the cards - it's time to ante up!
Source: Bruce Boucher
/ DeLange Racing