BRIGHTON, Ont. – April 30, 2017 – Phil Potts started his season off on the right foot by earning a second-place finish in the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Model Feature at Brighton Speedway’s 50th anniversary season opener on Saturday night.
The podium finish for Potts, driving his Vanderlaan/Brighton Recycling No.29, is exactly how he and his Fowl Mood Race Team wanted to start the season.
“We had said all week we wanted a top-three,” Potts said. “We got a second. We’ll be very happy if we can keep pulling this off. We will make a couple more adjustments and hopefully be better for next week.”
Potts started second in his qualifying heat and raced at the front with polesitter Charlie Sandercock early on a tacky racetrack. The two veteran drivers and championship favourites made contact midway through the heat, which pushed Potts back to third.
“My car is always tight on the tacky tracks but overall still felt great in the heat race,” Potts said. “In corner one, Charlie and I rubbed each other which allowed (Steve) Baldwin by as well. We raced hard but finished third.”
The third-place run in the qualifying heat placed Potts in the front-half of the field for the 30-lap feature. He had high hopes of placing his Longhorn Chassis in Victory Lane and came close, but fell just short. Nonetheless, Potts was satisfied with his effort.
“The car started off a touch loose in the feature, which we thought might happen as we waited for the hard tires to come in,” Potts said. “We ran fifth or sixth for what felt like forever. We all ran tight and there just wasn’t room to move.”
“Midway through the Feature, we started to move up even though the car was still a touch tight. We were running okay, but a third-place car at best until Charlie Sandercok had a left-rear tire going down. We took his spot but (Adam) Turner was too far gone to catch.”
Potts hopes to duplicate his opening night effort while improving by one spot when he retakes the track next Saturday, May 6. Race time is 7:00pm. For complete event information, please visit www.brightonspeedway.com.
The Fowl Mood Race Team’s 2017 season is supported by several dedicated corporate sponsors, including Vanderlaan Building Products, Brighton Recycling, Indewey Excavating, Bay Marine, Orange Motorsports, On Time Body and Graphic, Crow Design, Image Factor Media and Clayton Johns Media.
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