Sarah Cornett-Ching Has Strong Performance in OK Tire ARCA West Series Opener; Late Race Incident Takes Her Out of Contention
Craig Revelle - Finish Line Web Design
May 15, 2012
PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The final result at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, BC was nowhere near indicative how well Sarah Cornett-Ching performed in the opening round of the OK Tire ARCA West Series debut on Saturday night. A solid run went south after contact from another competitor sent her into the wall, ending what would have been a great day for the Cornett-Ching team.
Sarah had a great practice session at Motoplex a week earlier, and the team was confident going into opening night. They tried out a new setup during that practice session, and were anxious to see how they stacked up against some of the best racers in the province.
“We have done a lot or work over the off season and applied some new things to our set up going into last weekend’s practice and we were really happy with how the car performed”, says Cornett-Ching. “It is a great feeling to be competitive and battle for wins each and every night that we race, and we also take pride in knowing that we are one of the few competitive teams that set up our own car”.
In opening practice, Sarah posted the third fastest speed, but she was looking for a little more grip coming off the corners. In time trials, they were unable to find that grip, and were 10th out of the 21 cars. With the inversion of the fastest 10 cars from time trials, Cornett-Ching was able to start from the front row in her qualifier. She got off to a great start, and the changes they made to the car got the rear grip they had been looking for, and she drove her Snap On Tools #99 to victory.
"It is a great feeling to put our car in victory lane to show our sponsors, crew and everyone who supports us we have what it takes”, says Cornett-Ching after the qualifier”. It also doesn't hurt to put a little fear in the competitors minds either!"
At the drop of the green flag in the Lordco 100 ARCA West Series season open, Sarah got off to a great start, settling into second place, and she maintained that through the first 60 laps of the race. Sarah was able to battle on the outside to maintain her position on the first restart of the race, but after the second caution, Sarah lost ground on the outside, and while looking for an opening to get back in line, trouble began, as she was hit from behind, causing a chain reaction of events that resulted in her car hitting the inside wall on the frontstretch. She was able to rejoin the field, and finish on the lead lap, but her 16th place finish was a disappointing end to a very promising night.
"I am really disappointed with the finish but I can honestly say I can't wait for the next race May 26 in Williams Lake, BC”, says Cornett-Ching after the race. “We have a race car that's faster than a jet fighter and it will be in Victory Lane yet this year”.
For more information on Sarah Cornett-Ching and to follow her racing accomplishments, please visit her newly revamped website, www.sccracing.com or visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sccracing.
Sarah Cornett-Ching had a successful practice last week at Motoplex Speedway, she returned this week for the season opener. (SCC Racing Photo Collection)
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