Steve Schultz made the 521-mile trek to Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) from his hometown of Drums, Pennsylvania with hopes of living out a dream. However, his weekend took a turn for the worse during the first Street Stock practice session on Friday.
Schultz, who has been racing Street Stocks in Pennsylvania since 2004, had a rough start to his Short Track U.S. Nationals weekend at Bristol as his car hit the wall coming into turn one early in the first CRA Street Stock practice session. The damage left him with a mangled car and serious right front suspension damage, but his dreams remained intact.
“We hit turn one pretty hard, we struggled to get it back together and tore the whole right-front off and the all the suspension and shocks, but we finally got it back together and are going to try to get it back out for the third session,” Schultz told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
With help from a handful of teams, Schultz was able to repair his car in time for the final practice session of the night and keep his dream alive.
Rebuilding the car wasn’t the only challenge Schutz had, as the time it took to rebuild the car cut into his practice time.
“We lost a lot of practice today, which is a shame, not having the track time or experience here really hurts us, and not having practice today didn’t help.” Schultz said.
Schultz, the 2011 Street Stock champion at Evergreen Raceway Park (PA), wasn’t beaten down by the events.
“We have the suspension pretty close, but hopefully we can make some gains in the third round.”
Schultz, an occasional dirt track racer at Mahoning Valley (PA) did turn laps in the final session, with a fast time of 19.310 seconds, turning five laps total in the final session.
Time will tell if Schultz can rebound, as the CRA Street Stocks prepare for their feature on Saturday with two sessions of practice before their feature races tomorrow night.
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-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent – Twitter: @RNoblesSpeed51
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