In true American Style, this weekend saw another two action packed races on the ultra-competitive Rockingham Motor Speedway’s oval, as the 2014 Pickup Truck Racing Oval Championship came to a close.
Unable to complete qualifying due to alternator problems, which eventually came down to a bad back charge draining the battery, Relssert Racing’s Neil Tressler had to start Sundays races from the back of the grid.
As race one commenced Tressler was soon working his way through the pack, battling hard with the #27 truck of Mel Collins and the #69 of Lee Rogers. With Rogers getting lose on lap seventeen a caution flag was thrown out momentarily however disaster struck on lap eighteen when the #82 Pickup Truck of Paul Jones landed hard in the wall at the entrance of turn two, ending in a safety car. As the race continued Tressler advanced managing to secure a highly respectable ninth place.
With a few setup tweaks, race two saw a great race for Tressler once more battling hard with his pickup truck racing counterparts. A spectacular engine failure for Gavin Murray #95 on lap twenty-seven however lead to the safety car being drawn once more and with a Green-White-Checker looming it was a last minute dash to the line. Managing another top ten result, Tressler brought the #37 Isuzu Pickup Truck home in ninth place.
“Im very happy, we did everything we set out to do and came back with two solid results” said Tressler “after the luck we’ve been having this year it’s a breath of fresh air.”
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