Tim Kerr Claims Pair of Heat Wins and Top-10 Over Roller Coaster WeekendWednesday - August - 2017
Tim Kerr races down the backstretch at Fulton Speedway on Saturday, September 19. (Photo by Don Simpson).
PICTON, Ont. – August 23, 2017 – Tim Kerr had a roller coaster weekend to say the least, but persevered through plenty of adversity to earn a pair of heat race wins and a top-10 finish at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night.
Kerr began his weekend at his Friday night home of Brewerton Speedway. After winning his heat, Kerr started inside the top-10 and was battling for position in the top-five. However, contact with Chris Hile on an early restart led to a big accident and heavy damage to the right side of the car.
“From my eyes, it was kind of the both of us at fault,” Kerr said of the incident. “Maybe I was a little too low and I spun the wheels and he got in front of me a little bit.”
“A lot of the damage was just body work, cosmetic and sheet metal stuff,” Kerr explained. “There was a shock and a header too, but we got the car back moving. I don’t know if we looked worse, but we got away pretty lucky.”
Between Kerr’s dedicated No.07 crew and the help of Sportsman driver Chris Cunningham’s team, they were able to make enough repairs so Kerr could run the second Feature scheduled for the night.
“I was ready to pack up, but between my guys and the Cunninghams they wanted to fix it so I let them have at it,” Kerr said. “When I saw 15 or 20 people around the car, I got back in the mood and jumped in it. It wasn’t terrible for what it looked like. It looked like it had just come out of a crusher.”
Some help from a number of crew members and Zach Aubertine of Zero3 Motorsports to supply some new body panels helped the team hit the track again Saturday night at Fulton. Kerr managed to win another heat race. Then in the Feature, he led several early laps before claiming a seventh-place finish.
“We had a really good car early,” Kerr said. “I think we’re finally getting some stuff turned around. The car’s been driving really well. We faded back Saturday night, but we got some speed back in it. We led almost half of Saturday night’s race and that was kind of a morale boost to let everybody to know we can still do it.”
While Friday’s wreck was certainly not the way Kerr wanted to start the weekend, the improvements in the way the car was running certainly helped bring back some of the fun the team had been missing.
“Things were turning around and everybody was smiling,” Kerr said. “The wreck took the wind out of our sails a little bit, but everybody carried on. I’m thankful to have my crew, sponsors, family and everybody else behind me to keep pushing.”
Kerr will be back in action at both Brewerton and Fulton this weekend. For additional event information on either track, visit www.fultonspeedway.com.
2017 Season Stats: 21 Starts – 0 Wins, 1 Top-5, 6 Top-10s, 6 Heat Wins
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