The US Legend Cars World Finals was definitely an event circled on my calendar, but it wasn’t going to be an easy task to make the starting grid. The event at the new Dominion Raceway in Virginia was scheduled for the same weekend that I was due to be in Phoenix, Arizona, working on the #23 NASCAR Camping World Truck of Spencer Gallagher and GMS Racing.
Not to be deterred by a scheduling conflict, I recruited the help of
my good friend and fellow racer Dylan Smith to drive my trailer to the track Thursday night and get the #23 Legend Car through technical inspection. Meanwhile, after a long day of working at the racetrack in Phoenix on Friday, I flew home overnight, landing in Statesville at 6am and immediately made the 6hr drive to Dominion Raceway. Luckily the plan came together and I arrived at the track just in time for final practice!
I survived Saturdays on track action, qualifying 5th and finishing 3rd in the heat race, after which, I was very much ready for a good nights sleep. Sunday brought only one race, the World Finals and I was confident we had the ability to race for the win. I started from the 3rd position and early contact saw me spun around, albeit able to keep going without losing too much time. I set my sights on chasing down the leaders and in the final laps, a four way battle for the lead intensified. Coming into the final corner I was running 2nd and made my move to pass the leader, however the competitor behind me had other ideas. He made contact to my left rear and spun me around, I was relegated to 5th.
I was so disappointed after the race, knowing I had a really good shot at taking home the win, but that’s racing and unfortunately theirs nothing we can do about it except keep working hard and go to the next one faster and smarter. Huge thanks to Dylan, Trevor Pollard, GMS Racing, Off Axis Paint, STGR Supply for all their support and help getting me to this race.
I was lucky enough to recruit GMS Racing’s all-time photographer, Justin Whapham, who made the trek with me from Phoenix to Dominion and captured some video footage to put together this video recap!