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Jack Sellers Racing Sonoma Report
June 21, 2014 was not the greatest day I've ever experinced in racing but we had some significant highlights despite the troubles we encountered during the race.
During qualifing Thomas Martin was atop the board for a good part of the 4 section euro qualifing format with Micheal Shawhan in 4th for a time. Both archieved significant improvements over their practice times with Thomas turning a 1:19:1 and Michael just a tick slower at a 1:20:0. Ultimately Thomas would start 11th and Micheal a Very Solid 17th.
Team Principal Jack Sellers qualifying run was delayed and thwarted by a competitors crash but Jack was still in the show starting 25th.
Under instructions from Team Manager, John Krebs to take care of their machinery, brakes and tires all thee JSR races ran competitive early laps with Thomas and Micheal running comfortably with both in or near the top 10 as the compitition started having issues.
At the halfway manditory pit stop things unraveled a bit for Thomas Martin as his car refused to go into gear finally requiring a a push start. Then while trundling around under yellow the car went to full neutral and required a push into the pits were the RJ Godett led #5 JSR crew dove underneath the car and unstuck the shifter rods and Thomas was back underway.
He drove so great laps and was back on the lead lap when with just 5 laps to go in the 64 lap race he was forced into the wall as he charged back into what looked to be a top 5 finish.
Under the circumstances this was a very disappointing result for the Championship contender, Thomas and the #5 JSR Racers Drive Sponsored stock car.
Lap 42 was the lap of doom for both Micheal Shawhan and Team Principal Jack Sellers.
Running his first NASCAR race with support from BTM Motorwerks/Racers Drive & Steve from Dave's Mobile Crane. Michael came out of the competition yellow loaded for bear running 12th place and dicing with Sprint Cup regulars Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon and Michael Annette.
Searching for those extra inches and and edge, Micheal bounced his #11 JSR Stock Car carving the outside curb at turn 4 and when the rear of the car returned to earth the left rear axel broke giving him drive to only one wheel bringing him limping into the pit lane.
The Jale Koens led #11 crew immediately pulled the axel and prepaired to insert a new one but unfortunately the broken axel end was on the inside closest to the pumpkin and had fallen inside the center housing requiring a push back to the paddock.
Pulling the diff and broken axel end took too long to make it back into the race and so Michael's NASCAR debut ended officially on lap 42 and in 25th place.
Despite the finish, Team Manager John Krebs and the whole JSR team were very impressed with Michaels performance as he ran competitive laps and was close to the top 10 all day.
Even after suffering a broken axel Michael's machinery and tires were in great shape and he would have probably joined his teammate in the top 10 with a bit kinder treatment from the notorious Sonoma berms.
Jack Sellers had a nice solid run going until an off course excursion caused a flat tire and then rushing to get back on the pace he slid off course on lap 42 (there;s that lap again) at the fast and tricky turn 8 and hit the tire barrier doing some significant body damage. Luckly Jack walked away unhurt albeit in 26th place.
At the end of the race the JSR team assessed abd reviewed the damage on Thomas' and Jack's Cars and loaded up all three and prepaired to hear back to the team's headquarters in Roseville, California.
The JSR crew is resigned to some long hours of work ahead as they not only have to repair the road course rides but more immediately get their short track cars ready for the next K&N Pro Series West race at State Line Speedway in Idaho on July 12th.
ONE FINAL SONOMA NOTE: Huge thanks to the hospitality maven's Rovin Osborne and Ellie Cesario for their tireless efforts to make everyone feel welcome as the support the madman I become on Race Day and more importantly the JSR drivers, crew and VIP's who make it possible for us to do what we love to do - Go Racing! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Be advised that the competitive & affordable seats, supported by a professional crew are available for select races over the course of the remainder of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season on an "Arrive & Drive" basis with Jack Sellers Racing (JSR)
Contact Mike Cesario at Mike@Racersdrive.com or on the phone call Make at 408-220-3167