The Chrome Horn - True Value Modified Racing Series

   7/22/2009

DELANGE RACING LOOKING TO SHUFFLE THE DECK
AT MAHONING

   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
Posted: July 22, 2009

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