Lecompton, KS, August 11, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- By the time you read this article, Troy Baumgartner will have already made his second journey to Concord North Carolina in pursuit of his NASCAR dream. On July 26 2008, Troy Baumgartner will be making his first NASCAR start in the NASCAR Street Stock series at the Famed Hickory Motor Speedway.
Troy will be in the care of Chris Lafferty and the Lafferty Motorsports team. “I am really looking forward to our first asphalt race.” stated Troy. Troy has raced for 5 years on dirt, but this will be his first race ever on asphalt.
Troy Baumgartner found this opportunity when he signed up for the NASCAR driver development program with Lafferty Motorsports. Lafferty Motorsports owner Chris Lafferty invited Troy down to test his skills and be evaluated as a driver in one of their NASCAR Craftsman Trucks.
Troy had help in getting back down to North Carolina by a fan that came forward with some financial help. He was also assisted financially by Heartland Auto Body and Heartland Car Care Center and Capital Belt & Supply, INC. All out of Topeka Kansas.
Troy said, “This has been the opportunity that I have been waiting for my whole life and it is all coming true now. Thanks to Chris Lafferty and Lafferty Motorsports. I will continue trying my best and hopefully with Chris’ help and the help of sponsors we will make it into NASCAR Trucks soon.”
The weekend started with testing on Friday for Baumgartner and Lafferty Motorsports working together to get the car adjusted to Troy’s likings. He also worked with the crew to create a bond of communication with positive feed back from both crew and driver.
Saturday morning was met with two fifteen minute practices sessions which led to qualifying. Baumgartner’s first qualify run on asphalt went well with just a few rookie mistakes. This landed him the eighth place start in the race. Gaining his comfort Troy fell back to thirteenth but ran as high as seventh position and eventually Baumgartner finished in eleventh place in his first NASCAR street stock race.
Chris was happy with the discipline that Troy showed in the car and his ability to hold a good line as well as adapt to new situations.
”I feel the race went well and it was a great experience and I am happy with our first NASCAR race at the famed Hickory Motor speedway,” Troy said. Troy later added that he looked forward to getting back down to North Carolina for more races in pursuit of his NASCAR Dream.