SNOHOMISH, Wash. -Just weeks removed from missing the Montana 200 for the first time since 2006, four-time late model touring champion Gary Lewis is eager to compete in this weekend’s Idaho 200 set for Saturday night at Stateline Speedway.
Suffering motor problems during the opening practice session of the Montana 200, Lewis and his SuperGraphics Racing Team spent hours in an attempt to make repairs and qualify for the race. Unable to get the motor running properly, the team withdrew from the event,
“That (withdrawing) was difficult to do since we’ve had so much success in that race,” Lewis said. “It was pretty cool to have several teams offer us a motor or event their car so we could get into the show but in the end the team and I decided to load up, come back to the shop and get to work on finishing our compression motor so we could race this weekend in the Idaho 200.”
The confidence in bringing a winning racecar to the Idaho 200 has not wavered, the three-time Idaho 200 champion added.
“We’ve got a good handling package from Mike Leary’s Shock Shop that we’re excited to try this weekend. The issues of the last race are behind us and we can’t wait to chase another Idaho 200 win.”
Stateline presents the challenge of rotating the racecar through the center of the turns. Lewis expects to have a car that can handle this situation, he explained.
“The track has some grip to it but the key to running up front at Stateline is being able to get the car to roll through the corner so that you can pick up the throttle just as soon as you’re pointing back towards the straightaway. We believe that Mike has prepared a shock that works well with our Lefthander chassis and is designed to tackle Stateline. I’m excited to try it,”
Lewis enjoys competing at a track that has brought much success over his career, he noted.
“We love coming to Stateline Speedway and the area. Getting out to Northern Idaho is something that only happens a few times during our season so this trip is a nice break for the team and I. We run well at Stateline, enjoy the fans and support we get when we race there and hope to put on a good show this weekend.”
In putting on a good show for all to see, Lewis is hopeful of winding up in victory lane.
“We go to every race prepared to race for a win. This weekend is no different. We’ve had some good runs this season and bit of tough luck. Racing is part preparation and takes a little luck and this weekend if we have both of those going for us we should be in contention,” he said.
Fans can follow Gary Lewis Racing’s progress in this weekend’s Idaho 200 on the team’s Facebook page with near live coverage also available at Speed51.com