NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL- After battling through a range of set-up difficulties on Night 1 of the New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, 16-year old Denver Foran returned for Night 2 of competition showing renewed focus and increased speed in an ultra-competitive Super Late Model division.
“Everything about our program this week is a learning process”, remarked Foran post-race. “This is a new car, with a new set-up. We knew heading into the World Series that it was going to take quite a bit of track time in order to finalize our setup just the way we want it”.
The Edmonton, AB native worked with Crew Chief Jeff Fultz through the afternoon’s practice sessions, turning in quicker lap-times as the day went on.
“I’m elated with the strides we’ve made today”, affirmed Foran. “I’m becoming more comfortable with our new set-up and am incredibly excited for our next 5 nights of competition”.
Foran wasted little time charging from his ninth row starting position, finding his #00 just outside of the top-10 by lap-15 of the 35-lap main event.
A lap-27 spin momentarily slowed Foran’s progress, but a quick trip down pit road and a well-executed restart put him into the top-15 as the laps waned.
“I was frustrated with myself after the spin”, admitted Foran. “The car was starting to come to life late in the race and I just lost the handle on it”.
“It feels as though our car is getting better with each passing lap”, said Foran. “The whole team is a lot more comfortable than we were on Night 1, and we’re making steady improvements every night. We’re down on horsepower compared to a lot of these guys, but now that the setup is beginning to come to us, I feel as though we’ll be able to compete with the best this division has to offer”.
Denver Foran’s Lefthander by Shear entry is sponsored by MMD Mineral Sizing, Boxer Builder and The Men’s Room.
By Spencer Lewis