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Dennis Doubles Down at Batesville posted Jun 26, 2014  


 

Dennis and crew returned to BMS (Batesville Motor Speedway) to complete a rain-shortened event from March and to compete in the National Recovery Specialists Street Stock event paying $5,000 to win. “We are here this weekend with heavy hearts because we received sad news that Uncle Gordon had gone to be with the Lord,” Dennis mentioned. “We’re here this weekend racing in his honor and the memory of a truly wonderful friend.”

 

Before Mother Nature so rudely interrupted the March event, Dennis had won his heat race and was scheduled to start the feature from the outside pole position. When the race finally got underway last Thursday night, Dennis found his way to the front of the talented field of street stock drivers. He led over half the race before a caution gathered the field together for a restart. Dennis fell back to 4th but battled back to the lead only to fall back into the clutches of the thundering herd. That’s where his luck ran out and he got turned by a competitor, sending Dennis to the rear. Dennis clawed his way back to a 13th place finish but felt very positive about the chassis changes the crew had made.

 

Friday night Dennis prepared for the $5,000 to win main event on a track much heavier than Mooney normally prepares. Dennis started on the pole of his heat race but his car was too tight for the heavier track conditions. He fought hard, held on as best he could but fell back to 4th where he took the checkers. This placed him on the outside pole of the 4th B-Main and a good chance to make the show. As the green flag flew there was a mad scramble for the remaining transfer spots. Dennis fell back to 3rd but then found his groove and raced his way back to the front and took the checkers and the 16th starting position in the Main event.

 

Team’s lined their race cars up on the front straight for driver introductions and Dennis assumed his spot outside row 8. Track conditions were a little more suited to what drivers expect at Batesville but there was a little more moisture on the bottom. At the drop of the green flag Dennis took advantage of the bottom groove and shot up to 7th by lap 5. When all the “goodie” was used up on the bottom Dennis slid back to 10th and stabilized for a few laps. Once he figured out which groove had a little bite left in it he was able to advance once again. With only ten laps remaining Dennis worked his way back to 6th where he took the checkers. “We’ve been battling this car and this track for some time now and I think we’re finally headed in the right direction,” Dennis commented. “This was a lot of fun.”

 

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