Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 7, 2020) - Roger Crockett posted his best 410ci winged sprint car feature finish at Knoxville Raceway since August 2013 last Friday.
Crockett ventured to 'The Sprint Car Capital of the World' for a rare doubleheader in the division.
"It was up and down," he said. "Our motor runs really good. We had good speed at times. We tried different things and we learned a lot."
The weekend began on Friday when Crockett was fast from the time he unloaded.
"We were fastest in our group of hot laps and ended up fourth overall," he said. "That doesn't mean much, but it was satisfying for the amount of laps we have there. In qualifying we missed a little in one corner. Everybody is so close in qualifying. One tenth of a second was the difference of being seventh quickest."
Crockett qualified 14th quickest and he won a heat race to lock into the 11th starting position for the main event.
"We ran inside the top 10 most of the race and were battling with the seventh and eighth-place cars," he said. "On the last restart with three laps to go, I knew better, but I followed somebody and they got fouled up. I got caught behind them and we lost a couple of spots."
Crockett finished 12th, which was his best outing in nearly seven years during select starts at the half-mile oval.
"We were somewhat happy because I feel like our car was good enough to run in the top five," he said. "That was encouraging.
"On Saturday we tried some little different things with gearing and stuff. Our car felt pretty good in qualifying, but the couple things we tried hurt our speed a little bit and again about one tenth would have put us in the top 10."
Crockett kicked off Saturday's show by timing in 14th quickest. He won a heat race for the second straight night to garner the 11 th starting position for the A Main.
"In the heat race we changed just a couple little things and we were perfect," he said. "(Davey) Heskin got the jump on us and got away from us. We reeled him in, got by him and pulled away. We were really, really good. I was pretty happy and thought I found something. We changed nothing for the feature. We started in the sixth row and didn't get a good start and just didn't go anywhere. It didn't feel horrible, but we didn't have any speed. It was a good learning experience because the track slowed down a lot. We didn't make enough changes to accommodate the speed change in the track."
Crockett will resume Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action this Saturday when he visits Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., for the first time since his debut in June 2005. He placed fifth during that race.
"I remember it being dry at one end and really wet at the other end of the track," he said. "I remember it being kind of tricky."
QUICK RESULTS -
July 3 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 14; Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 12 (11).
July 4 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 16; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 16 (11).
SEASON STATS -
14 races, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 6 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 12 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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"We're extremely happy with what Maxim Chassis and Indy Race Parts have done for us," Crockett said. "They've helped our race program out a lot and got us back on track. The cars have been really consistent."
Crockett would also like to thank BC Motorsports, Rocket Designs, Tracker Native Tobacco, FK Rod Ends, Olson Custom Designs, Champion Racing Oil, AL Driveline, Newlin Bar Service, Bell Helmets, Rider Racing Engines and KSE Racing Products for their continued support.
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