Inside Line Promotions - WHEATLAND, Mo. (Sept. 22, 2020) - Roger Crockett highlighted the 10th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial with a pair of top-10 runs last weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Crockett kicked off the three-race Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour weekend that featured more than 75 drivers on Thursday by charging from eighth to fourth place in a heat race and from fourth to second place in a qualifier. He capped the night with an eighth-place finish in the main event.
"I'm disappointed we didn't have our car better," he said. "The first night we unloaded really good. In the heat race we were really good. In the qualifier we were a tiny bit off, but still got a couple of spots. In the A Main we weren't real good the first few laps until it laid rubber. But then there's nowhere to pass."
Crockett drew a high number to line up eighth in a heat race on Friday, but track conditions made passing a premium.
"The track was so wet you couldn't pass," he said. "Our car was fine, but you just couldn't pass. We finished seventh. In the qualifier we were able to move forward from eighth to fourth and get ourselves in a decent spot in the B Main. We missed on the car setup, but were able to go fifth to third. Then we missed on the car in the LCQ and were too free. We were good the first few laps and then we were just hanging on. The draw just hurt us so bad that night, as it did many people."
A runner-up result in a qualifier on Saturday locked Crockett into the $10,000-to-win main event.
"We got in the show, but our car was really bad," he said. "We don't really know what made it so bad. We were way too tight. I couldn't even drive the car the first 25 laps. It got a little better at the end and we were able to move forward some. I think we ran 20th most of the race. It was a struggle until the track dried off."
Crockett's late rebound netted a 10th-place finish, which marked his 14th top 10 this season and 11th with the ASCS National Tour - tied for the most.
"Ultimately, running 10th was not a horrible outing, especially with 75-plus drivers competing," he said. "We go there to try to win and we weren't a threat to win. That place is really tricky. I think we have something to learn there. There's something I'm missing and we're just not getting the car right."
Crockett will be dormant this weekend before resuming ASCS National Tour competition on Oct. 2-3 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., for the Short Track Nationals.
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 17 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Heat race: 4 (8); Qualifier: 2 (4); Feature: 8 (7).
Sept. 18 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Heat race: 7 (8); Qualifier: 4 (8); B Main: 3 (5); Last Chance Qualifier: 9 (8); Feature: 25 (24).
Sept. 19 - Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. - Qualifier: 2 (1); Feature: 10 (16).
SEASON STATS -
25 races, 0 wins, 6 top fives, 14 top 10s, 18 top 15s, 20 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Oct. 2-3 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., for the Short Track Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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"Phil Del Rosa has been a long-time friend and supporter of our race team," Crockett said. "We're excited to have his newest endeavor on board and we're looking forward to seeing it continue to succeed."
Crockett would also like to thank BC Motorsports, Rocket Designs, FK Rod Ends, Olson Custom Designs, Champion Racing Oil, Maxim Chassis, Factory Kahne, Smith Titanium, Indy Race Parts, Bell Helmets, AL Driveline, Newlin Bar Service, Rider Racing Engines and KSE Racing Products for their continued support.
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