POWNAL, VT – Even with a first lap accident that looked like it could be the end of his night, Rob Maxon rebounded for a strong sixth place finish Saturday evening at the Lebanon Valley Speedway.
Maxon was caught up in a multi-car pileup in turn two on the opening lap that left the car with substantial damage. However, his crew went to work, got the #96 back on track without losing a lap and Rob drove the machine back through the field. He crossed the line with yet another top 10 finish.
“I thought the car was going to be a lot worse than it was,” Maxon said. “It turned out to be just a lot of body damage.”
Restarting in the rear of the field, Maxon was set on go as he worked through the field, passing cars at an amazing rate. He was able to get to the top 10 by halfway and was fighting with fifth place finisher Chris Lynch as the checkers fell.
“We made a few changes for the feature, but unfortunately we don’t know if they were the right things to do or not,” he said. “We got a left front flat on the opening lap mishap. The crew did a great job changing the left front flat and checking for damage, but my spare was larger than the right front I had on the car. That gave us stagger in the wrong direction, so I shut the right front brake off to help car turn in. It was working pretty good but the track got a little slick and that hurt us.”
Sunday night at Glen Ridge was another story. While the #96 was very fast, problems set in which ended the team’s night early.
“The race car was fast all night, but the driver made a mistake coming out of turn four and tagged the wall,” Maxon said. “That knocked something out of whack. It didn’t handle right after that and then we broke a bolt in the right front steering which ended our night.”
The next race for Maxon Racing will be August 13th at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park followed by the next installment of the King of Dirt Sportsman Series at Albany-Saratoga on Tuesday night, August 15th.