Phil Potts Drives to Fourth-Place Run In Brighton 50th Anniversary SpecialMonday - July - 2017
Phil Potts raced to a fourth-place finish during Brighton Speedway’s 50th anniversary nostalgic night on Saturday. (Photo by Rod Henderson/www.canadianracer.com).
BRIGHTON, Ont. – July 17, 2017 – Phil Potts continued his string of consistent runs at Brighton Speedway during the track’s 50th anniversary nostalgia night last Saturday night. Potts earned a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap extra distance race. It was sixth top-five result in nine starts this season.
Potts started the night with a third-place effort in his time trial group. While Potts was looking for the pole, he was not overly concerned as an invert set the starting order for the Heat Race.
“We didn’t time trial well,” Potts said. “Our car doesn’t work well when it’s heavy, but I wasn’t too worried because they were inverting the field. We started outside pole in the heat. I finished third in the heat, which was fine because of the redraw. I wasn’t concerned about the heat race as long as I finished in the top-three.”
The third-place gave Potts a chance to redraw for a top-six starting position. He ultimately pulled the fifth starting position and had a number of tough battles throughout 50 laps.
“I drew fifth. I was good and got up to third,” Potts said. “I ran third, but then bumbled up and Sam Pennacchio got past me. I raced with Sam, but I was a tick tight. I actually slipped back to sixth and got back to fourth. I wasn’t happy with the performance of the car. I thought the motor laid down and found out the valve springs are gone again.”
The 50-lap show was a favourite for Potts, who enjoys the longer distance races, he said.
I was sweating like crazy by the time I was done, but I enjoyed it very much. The only time I don’t like 50 laps is when I’m leading,” he joked.
After the slight motor issue, Potts and his team are ready to spend most of the upcoming week in the shop improving their Vanderlaan Building Products/Brighton Recycling No.29 Pro Late Model entry. Following his win last week, Potts is eager to improve on this week’s fourth-place finish and taste victory again.
“Overall, we came home with a fourth and no damage to the car or tires cut,” Potts said. “We’re not happy with it, but we’ll take it. We’re going to do some more adjusting on the car this week. I’m still happy with the season. Charlie Sandercock has run away a little bit (in the points), but he’s still reachable. I just have to continue on my way.”
Potts was quick to credit his crew for being able to compete and earn another top-five result, which has become increasingly challenging in Brighton’s ultra-competitive Pro Late Model class.
“I have to thank my crew who puts the time in every week to help me out,” Potts said. “I had to work nights last week, so we worked all day Saturday morning. We would never normally work on the racecar Saturday morning, but we busted our hump for four hours getting this car ready to go to the track and never once did they complain or say no. It is just amazing dedication.”
The 50th anniversary night was also a chance for Potts and the rest of the Brighton Speedway community to look back on the track’s history.
“I enjoyed it,” Potts said. “I was talking to Bob Prudhomme, I met Lou Reddom who started the racetrack. I got to talk to Jim Wolf. I got to talk to some people about Larry Stacey. It was cool looking at old pictures too.”
Phil Potts and the Fowl Mood Race Team will chase their second win of the season next Saturday, July 22 at Brighton in the Summer Smash featuring Monster Trucks. For additional event information, visit www.brightonspeedway.ca.
Phil Potts – 9 Starts: 1 Win, 6 Top-5s, 8 Top-10s
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