The 2014 race season for Lawson Racing came to close after a couple of nights at River Cities Speedway. We raced out in GF on August 16th, a rare Saturday night show in Grand Forks. With 29 cars on hand, it was going to a very competitive night of racing. Kevin and I both drew in the back of our heats. The track was very dry slick, so it would a tough track to get a hold of. Kevin would go on to finish 8th in the 1st heat and I would finish 6th in heat 4. That put us both in the B main. I would start 2nd and Kevin 5th. On the start, I dropped into 2nd, but the car very loose. With 3 laps to go, I was passed for 2nd and soon Kevin passed me for 4th. I would end up finishing 5th and missing the A main. Kevin made the A and would start 24th. After a few quick yellows and a red flag, the feature ran a majority of the remaining laps under green and it was very busy, with cars circling the entire track. Kevin would come home 19th. We again headed to River Cities on Friday, August 22nd. The weather in Minot was overcast and misting, but Grand Forks was overcast and dry. It was Championship night and that would start Kevin and I in the back of our heat races. I was in the 1st heat and would come home 8th. Kevin was in the 3rd heat and would also come home 8th. In the feature, I started 20th and Kevin 22nd. Mist had started falling during the previous features, but the track wasn’t badly affected. We mad changes to both cars prior to the feature and both felt a lot better in the feature. On lap 4, we had to miss the flipping car of Amber Balcan. Then there was a couple cautions for spins toward the end of the feature. With 4 laps to go and prior to a restart, the mist got a little heavier. The track seemed fine until the race was restarted. The track had become slick and cars went everywhere. Luckily everyone avoided contact and Kevin and I finished the feature. I got 21st and Kevin 22nd. That would mark the last race of our season. Lawson Racing would like to thank our great sponsors for their support during the 2014 season: Prairie Ford-Stanley, ND, Royal Service and Rentals, TooDarkMotorsports.com, Zoovio.com and Tires Plus. We also want to thank our family and friends for their continuing support of Lawson Racing. Preparations are already underway for the 2015 season. There are sponsorship opportunities available for the 2015 season. If you or our company would like to be a part of Lawson Racing, contact us and we can send a proposal to you. Keep updated with our off season news on here or on Facebook and Twitter.
The race night got off to a very unlucky, but lucky start. The hitch on the trailer broke about 1 mile from the track. We were very lucky that this didn’t break of on the highway at highway speeds and could have caused a serious accident. We heard a bang over some railroad tracks, but thought maybe a equalizer bar on the hitch hit the road. Well we turned into the track and something was dragging. I hopped out to take a look. Well I found the hitch broke and at a 45 degree angle. Just the top part of the hitch was all that was still holding the trailer to the truck. We managed to limp it into the pits and stabilize it. From there we went about our night. I was in the second heat and had to avoid a crash before we even started. While lining up, a car passed me and ran into a car ahead of me. We ran some extra laps while they changed tires. On lap 2 there was red as a car flipped off turn 2. I would finish 7th. Kevin was in the 3rd heat. He was running the cushion, but jumped the cushion in turn 2 and went down the banking and drove back to pits. I started 20th and Kevin started 23rd. The track became rough and it was tough to get a hold of. Most cars were running the bottom. About half way through, I followed a few cars through the middle of 3 and found some grip there, but it was short lived as I ended up spinning out right in front of Kevin. He missed me and I did a 360 and kept going, no yellow. Kevin finished 20th and I finished 21st. Big thanks to Tom Corcoran and Bruce Hart at Hart Attack Chassis for getting our trailer fixed and back on the road. We are currenly off for a few weeks, with the next racing action slated for August 22nd in Grand Forks and August 23rd in Greenbush, MN.
Lawson Racing completed 2 nights of racing last Wednesday and Thursday out at the Williston Basin Speedway. The All Star Circuit of Champions was making their first appearance in Williston. After the issues in Devils Lake the last time out, we sent off both of my magnetos to get rebuilt. That solved the issues with my car as it ran strong both days. On Wednesday, I timed in 8th fastest and Kevin 9th. I made the heat race inversion and would start on the pole of heat 2. I would go on to finish 3rd. Kevin started 5th in heat 1 and would finish there. We then moved into a 3rd heat race for all the non dash qualifiers from the first 2 heats. Kevin would finish 4th and I finished 5th. In the 30 lap A main, I would start 8th and Kevin 9th. At the start, the groove was at the bottom of the track. Halfway through, Kevin went to the cushion and found some grip up there and passed me. I moved up to follow him, but dropped my right rear off the front straight and couldn’t get it gathered back in by the time I got to turn one and spun out. There wasn’t anyone else involved and I restarted at the back. Once we got going again, we ran the rest of the feature under green and Kevin would finish 8th and I 9th. On Thursday, I would time in 9th and Kevin 10th. I started 5th in heat 1 and would finish there. Kevin started 5th in heat 2 and would finish there as well. The weather started to cloud over, so the program was sped up to try and finish before the rain. In the 30 lap A main, I would start 9th and Kevin 10th. The fast line was on the bottom and we ran there the entire race. There was a quick caution 3 laps in, after that the feature ran green to checkerd. I came home 9th and Kevin 10th. The races ended just in time as the rained poured down 15 minutes later. I was finally able to string together consecutive nights of racing with no issues. That was the main goal. We now move back to River Cities Speedway this Friday night for a regular night of NOSA racing.
Once again, Lawson Racing is set to appear in the North Dakota State Fair Parade, this Saturday, July 19th. We are number 192. Matt Evans with Prairie Ford in Stanley with have a brand new Ford truck pulling us. We will also be debuting our freshly wrapped sprint car parade kart. The wrap was done by Jen and Tad of Too Dark Motorsports.com. They did an excellent job on it!! Give us a wave for some candy or an autographed racer card.
As the old saying goes, if you didn’t have bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all. That pretty much sums up my season. After getting the left front wheel tore off during the first race of the season, then getting involved in a wreck and flipping my car that last time out, I was hoping for better luck on Saturday night. It was our first time out since repairing my car. Well, the night followed right along with the rest of the season. A brief rain shower delayed the start of the night, but it passed quickly and the night continued on. Kevin was in the 2nd heat race. He started 4th and finished 7th. I was in the 3rd heat. As we came out of turn 4 for the green, I hit the throttle and the car began misfiring. I limped it back to the pits. After checking it out, it was determined that the magneto wasn’t holding the timing correctly. We swapped it out with the spare. We started the car to set the spare magneto when it began making a grinding noise. We pulled that one out and put the other one back in. Kevin started 19th in the feature and I started 20th. We took the green and my car ran great all the way to turn 1 and quit in turn 2. I coasted into the infield and my night was over. Kevin would go on to finish 18th. The feature ran mostly green to checker after a few quick cautions. Very disappointing that we are still battling bad luck this season. Hopefully it all turns around next week as we are racing with the All Star Circuit of Champions at the Williston Basin Speedway, July 23rd and 24th.
After an extended break repairing the car and motor from my crash in Devils Lake at the end of May, we will be back in action this Saturday night at Devils Lake Speedway. We are excited to get back to the track after a long month that saw us have to send the motor back in for repair and also had to fix some minor frame damage. All of that is now behind us, so time to go racing!! After Devils Lake, Lawson Racing will be in the North Dakota State Fair Parade on July 19th, then 2 big nights of racing at the Williston Basin Speedway, July 23rd and 24th, with the All Star Circuit of Champions.
Lawson Racing was a the Devils Lake Speedway on Saturday night for our second race of the season. 28 NOSA sprint cars were on hand for the night’s races. Devils Lake Speedway received several inches of rain on Friday night and worked all day Saturday to get the track and pit area into shape. The track was soft due to all the rain and began to rut up as the races went on. I started on the pole of the 1st heat. At the green, I got a good run down through turns 1 and 2, but got passed out of 2 and went to fall in line going into turn 3 when my car started skipping across some ruts on the low side and spun into the infield. I restarted in 8th and finished there. Kevin started on the pole of the 3rd heat and ended up 7th. We both would end up in the B Main. Kevin started up front while I started mid-pack. At the green, there was some contact with a few cars up front and that caused the rest of the cars for take evasive action. I was on the outside of a car entering turn 1 and he moved to avoid the cars and I ran over his right rear tire. That launched my car off of turn 1 and flipped when I hit the ground, coming to rest on the left side. I was able to climb out the top of the car and walk away uninjured. The car sustained damage to both wings and the left front motor mount broke, allowing for the oil pan to contact the ground and get dented. Needless to say, that ended my night. Kevin was ahead of the wreck and moved onto the A Main. He started 24th. The A main was slowed twice before 5 laps completed due to 2 flips. The track was tough to get a hold of for the feature, but Kevin raced on to a 19th place finish. Not the night we had hoped for. We are now in the process of checking over my car to fully access the damage. The main concern is the engine and if it was damaged when the motor mount broke. We are hoping to be back in action by the first part of July. Stay tuned for updates.
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Lawson Racing is getting ready for our 2nd race of the season, this Saturday at the Devils Lake Speedway. This track has been a favorite for us over the years and we are once again ready to tackle the 1/4 mile track. There is always a strong field of NOSA cars that attend and the crowd is always great!! Be sure to come out and cheer us on!!
We kicked off our season last night at the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. 29 sprint cars were on hand last night. We went into the season with some new setups in our cars and in the heats, the changes were working very well. Kevin started 10th in heat 1 and would wind up 8th. I started 9th in heat 2 and would finish 6th. Both cars were handling very well. They transferred the top 7 to the feature, so Kevin started on the pole of the B-main. They transferred the top 5 and after a few cars fell out, the ended the race early, with Kevin finishing in 3rd. Throughout the night, as the temp dropped, the moisture started coming up and that caused the track to rut up and became very treacherous. At the green, all the cars were very unsettled going into turn 1. The car in front of me got crossed up and I tried to avoid him, but his right rear caught my left front and pulled the hub off the spindle and the tire left my car. Luckily no other cars were involved and I brought my car to a stop off the back straight. I ended the night on the hook, but it is just bolt on parts that were damaged, so that is always good news in a situation like this. On the restart, Kevin avoided a flip in front of him. On the next restart, Kevin once again had to miss a flip. After that, he decided to pull in and save the car. It was a moot point as the feature was called due to unsafe track conditions. A double feature is planned for next Friday, however we will not be able to attend. Our next racing action will be May 31st at the Devils Lake Speedway.