@BrightonSpdwy • BELLEVILLE (May 25, 2015) – Charlie Sandercock overcame a lack of front brakes and two trips to the rear of the field to finish sixth in his fourth RUSH Pro Late Model start of the season at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night.
Sandercock’s night started well as the Belleville, Ont. driver won his qualifying heat race. The lineup for the 30-lap A-main saw Sandercock slated for the 11th starting position.
Sandercock started to make his way through the field, but decided to pit on lap four because of broken left front brake rotor. That left the No.57 without front brakes for the final 26 laps. He restarted in 20th and began a march to the front.
“We were still decent, but we weren’t top notch. We were able to come from 20th back up to fourth,” Sandercock said.
His hard work to get in to the top-five was erased on lap 22 when officials said Sandercock was the cause of a chain reaction collision in turn four.
With just eight laps remaining, Sandercock was able to move back to sixth by the time the checkered flag fell. The finish wasn’t what the team had hoped for at the beginning of the night, but was a best-case scenario with the way the race unfolded.
“The car was phenomenal. It would have been perfect if we had had some more brakes in the car. I think we could have got the job done had we not gone to the back,” he explained.
A pair of red flags for medical emergencies slowed the race at lap 16 and lap 19, dragging the race out for more than an hour. Sandercock was unfazed by the stoppages on a cool night.
“You sit there and try and stay comfortable. Last night wasn’t that bad, it wasn’t that hot. In the middle of summer, you sit there and it’s 35 degrees, you just want to get going and get out of there because you’re boiling over,” Sandercock explained.
The No.57 team returns to action next Friday to start a busy tripleheader weekend that closes out the month of May. Sandercock heads to Can-Am Speedway on Friday, May 29 for double features, including a make-up from a May 15 rainout. The team returns to Brighton Saturday before the first race of the Go Nuclear! Late Model Series at Humberstone Speedway on Sunday.
“It should be a busy weekend, so hopefully we can get back to our first-place outings that we’ve had over the last couple of weeks and carry them over to next weekend and pick up right where we left off with the Go Nuclear series,” he said.
The three tracks are vastly different, but Sandercock knows both Can-Am and Brighton well. Although he has less track time at Humberstone, Sandercock remains comfortable at the Port Colborne, Ont. oval.
“Humberstone, every time I’ve been there, it’s been pretty much the same. It usually slicks off pretty quick in hot laps. We’ll just go from there,” Sandercock explained.
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