Ryan Luza was fastest in Friday’s only Pro Late Model practice session ahead of Saturday night’s Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100, but the Jett Motorsports team will have a lot of work to do before qualifying.
The Texas driver made contact with the wall in turns three and four in the final 15 minutes of the session while making a race run, which caused the No.53 to be sent back to the pits on the hook. Fortunately for Luza and Jett Motorsports, the damage does not look to be severe and there’s a strong chance the car will be ready for the Snowflake.
“We were just doing a long race run there, I think we were on about lap 25 or so. We went into turn three and slammed the chassis on the ground and went straight,” Luza said on the Speed51.TV broadcast. “Something definitely broke, the hit wasn’t too hard but hopefully we’re okay. I think they said we are so hopefully we’ll get it fixed up and be ready for tomorrow.”
The team does have a contingency plan in place if the damage is too severe for that car to continue. Jett Motorsports does have a backup Pro Late Model on hand as part of a large fleet of race cars the team brought to Five Flags Speedway. With that being said, Plan A for Luza and the team is to fix the damage on the primary.
“There’s a backup car in there but I don’t think we want to roll it out because this thing’s been extremely fast all weekend. I know they’re going to do their best to fix what we have right here.”
Jake Finch continued a strong weekend on Friday by posting the fourth-fastest time of the day. It provided a sigh of relief for him and Anthony Campi Racing, who spent all of Thursday diagnosing a potential problem.
“I think we’re pretty good. Yesterday, we fought a vibration all day and then we finally got it tuned up in the final round,” Finch said. “Today, we tried to get some long-run speed and I think we’re really good. I think we’ll have a good car for the race, we’re fast for sure.”
After spending the 2020 season in the Outlaw Stocks at Five Flags, Finch competed in the Allen Turner Pro Late Model finale back in October, nearly winning the race after a battle to the checkered with Connor Okrzesik. However, he says this weekend’s Snowflake 100 provides a completely different challenge.
“I think it’s a totally different animal with the race here and what the temperature is and how the track changes. It helped for sure but it’s definitely a different animal. We’re excited for sure.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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