September 9, 2014- Going into this past weekend’s Great Crate Race at Brighton Speedway, Greg Belyea had just come off a second place finish the previous week, and he also finished second in the Great Crate Race the previous year. He was looking to finish one spot higher in 2014 as the biggest Crate Late Model event of the season returned to his home track.
The night started with a second place finish in the qualifier, placing him in the redraw for a top 12 starting spot in the 65 lap Great Crate Race main event. Belyea selected position number seven in the random draw, and fired from inside row four.
Patience was the key early in the race, as Belyea held his position amongst the top ten with 25 lap on the board. A few laps later, Belyea found some magic on the top side of the track and after just a couple laps he was inside the top five and looking faster as the race progressed. A lap 48 caution slowed the field once again, and Belyea was riding in fifth place.
The Delaware style restarts had Belyea starting on the outside lane, and when the race resumed after a couple quick caution periods, Belyea was now up to second and charging hard for the lead. With under 10 laps remaining he was able to power to the outside lane of the track and briefly grabbed the top spot. Lapped traffic played a role over the final few laps, as Belyea went on to record another second place finish in the Great Crate Race.
“The lapped car did nothing wrong, he was holding his line, and it just happened to be the line that I was running”, says Belyea afterwards. “I wanted to win this race real bad, but that is part of racing, sometimes it works out, and other times not so much. We tried hard, came home with a car that wasn’t wrecked, we had fun and we got a second place finish to one of the best teams in our division. It was a good day”.
This coming weekend, Greg Belyea and the Excel Tower Racing team will hit the road to Mohawk International Raceway in Hogansburg, New York. Belyea will race on Friday night in the 30 lap, $1000 to win race, and again on Saturday for the 40 lap, $1500 to win Richard Tenace Memorial. Modified competitor Brian “Slim” McDonald will also be behind the wheel of an Excel Tower Service Late Model for both nights.
For more information on Greg Belyea and the Excel Tower Racing Team, please visit our website, www.exceltowerracing.com. You will find updated news, results, schedule and information on Greg Belyea and his Late Model.
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