It was not the finish that Scott Heckert wanted at Bowman Gray Stadium during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East NASCAR Hall of Fame 150. However, the direction that Heckert and crew chief Rich Burgdoff have turned the 34 Turner Scott Motorsports ride shows promise for the second half of the year.
Heckert battled inside the top three for most of the 150-lap event at the historic North Carolina quarter-mile bullring. He was in a position to contend for the win when contact with another competitor on two occasions knocked Heckert deeper in the field and he crossed beneath the checkered flag in 12th.
Still, Heckert hopes that the 12th-place run at Bowman Gray Stadium will be the last outside the top 10 and the string of positive runs will soon culminate with his first victory.
“We were just trying to keep our nose clean,” said Heckert. “It was a long race and with all the yellows keeping the car in one piece was very important. I was also looking to keep us on the bottom for restarts and we did that until 20 laps to go.”
When it was time to go Heckert was in the right spot. A late-race tangle left Heckert outside the top 10. Being in the right place at the right time was key, but the finish just did not work out for Heckert on this night.
“That was a tough way for things to end,” said Heckert. “It’s Bowman Gray and those things happen. I just hate it for our team because we are working so hard each week. All we can do is pick up form this and get ready for Five Flags in a few weeks.”
Heckert will be back in action Friday, June 13th at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Heckert ran the race a year ago and finished 17th after being second quick in the first practice. He also has run Late Model events at the track giving him a slight advantage over the rest of the field.