EAGLE BRIDGE, NY – With just a handful of races left in the 2017 racing season at Lebanon Valley, Chad Pierce is looking to finish the year strong. Saturday night, the former track champion may have come across the finish line in 12th during the feature, but it’s what happened in the Modified main event that probably helped his season.
Since Olden Dwyer destroyed his Big Block a few weeks back, Pierce has been letting him borrow his ride to finish the year. In turn, Dwyer has been helping the team try and figure out the issues with the handling in the #83 machine.
“The car still isn’t rotating like it should,” Pierce said. “Olden’s been taking it out to stay handicapped for Big Blocks and that’s given us some test time. With this, I think we found our issue.”
Having another driver in your racecar is tough, but when someone needs a helping hand, one of the first to help is the Pierce family.
“It was really great to have him take out the car,” Pierce said. “It helped him and he gave us some really good insight into what we need. We think we had a bad shock and that’s why the car wasn’t staying planted. It makes me feel better that we have found something.”
As for the feature Saturday, the handling problems took center stage for the H. Sausville Construction, Battenkill Valley Electric machine.
“We were still off last week,” he said. “It’s been the past four weeks, actually. Over the last month, we’ve been backsliding in the features. The car has just been too tight and not staying on the right front. Hopefully we have that stuff figured out now.”
The next event for the team will be this Saturday at Lebanon Valley as Benjamin Moore Paints and Ameripride Linen present ‘Halloween In August’ night at the Speedway. All kids in costume get in free and there will be trick or treating on the frontstretch. Gates open at 5pm.