The amount of time and effort that goes into preparing for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is undeniable. For Empire Racing Group, not making the feature event at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night left them disappointed, but they understand that’s just racing.
With two trucks fielded by the Empire Racing Group/Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team, the team went to the Aspen Dental Eldora Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio with high hopes of placing both trucks into the race. After a tough Tuesday evening in practice sessions, they knew their trucks would not be pretty for Wednesday’s event, but they would still be fast. Their long hours of putting blood, sweat and tears into getting each truck ready for the event had to pay off somehow.
The No. 82 NESCO Chevrolet driven by Sean Corr initially qualified in the 35th position on Wednesday after suffering damage on Tuesday night. Corr wasn’t going to give up without a fight. Starting last in the final qualifying race, Corr was able to race up to the sixth position. Unable to move on to the feature race from there, he knew there was still work to be done. Starting fifth in the Last Chance Qualifier race, Corr rallied to the second position, ready to transfer to the feature race. It wasn’t until he spun halfway through his battle and the caution did not come out, that he was relegated to the ninth position.
The No. 43 Petty’s Garage/Tilted Kilt Ford F-150 driven by Korbin Forrister unfortunately suffered a similar fate by the end of the day. Qualifying began what looked to be a hopeful evening at the half-mile dirt track, when Forrister qualified in the 17th position. Forrister started fourth in the third qualifying race, but finished the race in the seventh position. In the Last Chance Qualifier race, Forrister rallied from seventh to fifth, needing just a few more spots to lock him into the event.
While both trucks showed the speed necessary to make it into the feature event, unfortunate circumstances and a lack of points due to not running full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series barred them from making the event.
Neither driver, nor the team, is prepared to give up. Wednesday night proved to be a struggle, but that’s what racing is all about. Stay tuned for updates on where you’ll catch the Empire Racing Group hitting the track next!
Empire Racing PR