NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL- After fighting an uphill battle through afternoon practice, 16-year old Denver Foran opened the 2014 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing with a solid 25th to 15th run in a talent laden Super Late Model division.
“Our team didn’t exactly get off to the start we were looking for, but I’m so proud of what we were able to accomplish under some pretty trying circumstances”, explained Foran in post-race debriefing.
The Edmonton, AB native received notice early Friday morning that Crew Chief Jeff Fultz would be late arriving to the speedway, after heavy snow blanketed much of the South, making travel inordinately difficult.
“Jeff is such a huge part of our operation. We’re breaking in a brand new Lefthander by Shear chassis and were hoping to build some notes through practice. Not having Jeff definitely put us behind the eight ball”, admitted Foran.
However, the family-run operation persevered, opting instead to compete with their back-up car – the same chassis Foran captured the 2013 Dakota Dunes Western Canada Super Late Model championship with. Due to a lack of track time with the chassis, Foran opted to start at the tail end of the 35-lap feature event.
“We didn’t log any practice laps with our back-up car, so out of respect to my fellow competitors, we opted to start at the tail end of the field”
Foran would settle into a groove early on, picking up a number of positions early, in addition to narrowly missing a pair of on-track altercations. When all was said and done, Foran came home with a 15th place finish and a better feel for a very challenging speedway.
“I was hoping for a little more speed tonight, but you can only do what you can”, reasoned Foran. “We’ll likely take what we learned tonight, apply it to our primary car and see where we end up. We didn’t come here to spectate, we know we have what it takes to compete and can’t wait for Night 2”.
Denver Foran’s #00 is sponsored by MMD Mineral Sizing, Boxer Builder and The Men’s Room.
By Spencer Lewis