It was a bit of a scrambled start for the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team as they battled electrical gremlins prior to the Saturday afternoon practice session.
“It’s just one of those things” said Car Chief Adam Thorndyke. “Everything fired up and ran great the day before, we had to chase it a little, but we got it sorted out” he added.
During the practice session David Thorndyke completed 18 laps in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet to get reacquainted with the track and fine tune the handling of the car. Thorndyke would line up in the final row of the starting grid but as usual would end the day well forward of his starting spot.
When the green flag waved on the 51-lap race Thorndyke was methodical in his approach with the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet. Be consistent all day, look for opportunities to gain position and have good pit stops. It’s a strategy that has served them well in the past.
Aggressive actions by others though took a toll on the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet.
"Guys made it three wide going into corner three” explained Thorndyke, of course we had contact and it broke our exhaust system. We had to make two pit stops and it cost us six laps to make repairs” he added.
Thorndyke continued working hard in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet when late race contact would make the job harder still.
“Another driver had a flat tire and was dropping debris on the track” explained driver David Thorndyke. “I was trying to avoid it when he chopped across the front of the car trying to get to pit lane”.
Bringing the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet to his pit stall for service the team worked to secure the bodywork before returning to the track. Later NASCAR officials would again order the car back for further repairs.
“Having all that drama at the end wasn’t necessary, but the car was good for us today” said the driver. “I was able to mix it up and race with guys. We picked up a bunch of spots from the start as we always do and even with the contact, we came out with a nice improvement on the day” he added.
David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team would like to thank all the fans that support them and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. This is the final event for the team in 2019 but they will return once again in 2020.
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