Top 5 to End Western Swing at EIR for Powell
Wetaskiwin, Alberta-July 29, 2018- After a very successful doubleheader event at Wyant Group Speedway on Wednesday night, posting the Team’s first win of 2018 and a 2nd place finish, the Team took their
#3 Copp’s Buildall/Kubota Chevrolet to a 4th place finish at Edmonton International Raceway in the LUXXOR 300.
The car practiced well, but a slip up during his qualifying efforts posted Powell in the 11th starting spot. Based on how the car practiced earlier in the day, Crew Chief Craig Masters was confident in their race machine and the Team’s ability to work their way to the front of the field and finish well.
At the mandatory half-way break on lap 152, the team made a few adjustments to the car and sent Powell back out with fresh tires and fuel to take him to the end. By lap 230 Powell was 4th in the running order.
The race ran green for the next 68 laps until the caution came out on lap 268. A spin in corner 4 gave the drivers a break from the quick pace that the leaders had set to catch their breath.
With only 5 cars on the lead lap, the team stayed out on the track under the caution and when the field went green on lap 280, Powell challenged for the top 3, but was held off as the laps wore down and finished a strong 4th place when the checkers flew.
“The plan tonight was to learn, keep out of trouble and finish in the top 10. Bringing the car home 4th is a great way to finish up the western swing out here. I can’t say enough about The Team and the car that they gave me while we have been out here. Our spotter Jeff took good care of me on the track and out of trouble.” Said Powell after the 300-lap event.
Longtime E.H.R. Crew Chief Craig Masters was proud of the results of the western swing. “We have a dedicated group of smart and hardworking guys that is unrivaled in the Series. They regrouped after the tough weekend at the Indy and brought with us a great race piece for Cole this week. I’m proud to be a part of this Team and what we have accomplished this season so far.”
E.H.R will maintain their 2nd place in the Championship points standings as they head into an off weekend. The next event for the Team will be at the road course of GP3R in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, August 11 & 12th.
Photo credit: Matthew Manor