Mandee Pauch Relations – April 30, 2019 –Saturday evening saw Ryan Smith and the Heffner Racing No.72 machine at Port Royal Speedway doing double duty in both the 410 and 360 sprint car.
“We opened the night with the 410 heats,” Ryan Smith said. “They did the heat race with passing points. We ran six laps, checkered it, then inverted it and ran another six laps. We started third in first segment and finished second then started seventh in the second segment and finished fourth.”
Smith’s efforts had him sixth overall after his heat race, lining him up on the outside of the third row for the 410 main event.
“I was up to fourth,” he said. “If we didn’t have a yellow, I may have had a shot for third, but we’ve been battling a little bit of a tire issue lately so the more yellows we’ve been having, the car hasn’t been coming back so we need to work on that. I think we’ve pinpointed the issue Saturday night.”
Smith rounded out a solid fifth-place finish.
First time out in the 360 sprint with the Heffner Racing team, Smith clinched the heat race from his second-place starting spot, placing him into the top-nine redraw.
With luck of the draw, Smith drew eighth for the 360 main event.
“Kyle Reinhardt didn’t make it out, so they slid the row up and we rolled off in sixth,” Smith added. “We were second by lap one then we had a yellow right away on lap two. We had a shot at Lucas on the restart, but he made some good decisions on lane choice and pulled away. I caught back up to him in traffic. It was a pretty traffic jam situation back there. Lucas got jammed up behind two guys racing and left a lane open and I got around him. We checked out with six to go.”
Smith pulled away to clinch his first victory with the Heffner Racing team in the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews No.72 machine.
“It was good to get that first one out of the way,” Smith said. “We got a win out of the box, so to speak, in the 360. We’ve been working hard and haven’t been in the right position to get it done. Hopefully we can get some momentum going here heading into May. I’d imagine Greg’s watching up there and smiling. I hope I’m doing a good enough job for him.”
RYAN SMITH SEASON STATS –
13races– 1 win, 8 top five’s, 11 top 10s
MEDIA LINKS –
Find Ryan Smith apparel available at their race car trailer during events they compete in this season as well as at S&S Speedways and on the Ryan Smith Racing Facebook Page
RYAN SMITH SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Selinsgrove Speedway
“Selinsgrove is always a fun place to race,” Smith said. “I got one of my biggest wins there last year which was pretty cool. I wish we could race there more. It’s a fast track and a lot of fun to race on. It’s cool to have them on the car and help promote them. Mike’s really working hard on that place. Hopefully we can get some more fans up there.”
Smith would also like to thankHeffner Racing Enterprises, Lelands Auction, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Red Robin Catering, CnB Chubby, Selinsgrove Speedway, Trone Outdoor Advertising, Blazer’s Body Shop, Hodnett & Co. RRi Designs, Specialty Rigging Company, Trent Gower Photography, Packer’s Concessions, Champion Hi-Tech Lubricants, Diversified Machine Inc, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Slade Shock Technology, K1 Racegear, CR Graphics, Butler Built Seats, Rider Engines, Maxim Race Cars, and PAC Springs for their continued support.
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