Brodie Kostecki and his Arcoplate No. 43 team had a goal to come into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West Autolite Iridium XP 150 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa hoping to gain some momentum that will carry them for the rest of the season.
Even though they finished 15th, Kostecki feels that the No. 43 team is moving in the right direction.
After missing the pole by 0.069 seconds, Kostecki started on the front row for the 150-lap event this past Friday night. Kostecki would put the No. 43 Acroplate Toyota at the top of scoreboard on lap 25 where he led the race until lap 50.
Kostecki had a solid top-five run going until the race's halfway break on lap 75. During the break, Kostecki was one of four drivers to come down pit road a lap early, before NASCAR opened the pits for the halftime break.
Kostecki did not stop and drove down pit road to re-join the field. He and the other four drivers were penalized for speeding down pit road and exiting the pits when the official was holding the stop sign at the end of pit road.
“The pace car started to pull down and the lights turned on green coming into the pits, so the top three pulled in, so I pulled in with them,” Kostecki said after the race. “We drove down pit lane because the spotters told us to keep going and the official at the end of pit lane had the paddle green, but according to NASCAR, they had it red.”
That didn’t slow Kostecki down as his crew marched on and made the necessary adjustments at the break.
“We made some adjustments during the break and it made the car a lot better on the front end, but we were chasing the rear end of the car the whole time,” Kostecki said. “I kind of used myself up trying to get back through the field.”
Kostecki would restart 21st and work his way up to a 15th place finish.
Overall, Kostecki feels the team is going in the right direction after a strong qualifying run and leading 25 laps. It was also a chance for the team to work on their setup to make the car better when they run it again.
“We actually struggled the whole first part of the race with the car being really tight. We really didn’t have the right left-front package on the car. We worked on that all through practice and we finally fixed it at the halfway break,” Kostecki recalled. “The front end turned a lot better, but the rear end was driving around to the front. We will have it fixed up for Dover when we race this car again. We will be strong. We will move on to Watkins Glen and be alright.”
Kostecki will now set his sites on Watkins Glen International this Friday, August 8th.
“We did test there a couple of weeks ago and I adapted pretty quickly, so we should be really quick,” Kostecki said.
The Bully Hill Vineyards 125 is scheduled for this Friday, August 8th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:15pm EDT.