Sontag Drives To 5th @ Beech Ridge!!

Scarborough, ME – The Valenti Modified Racing Series made their way to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on September 8th for the make up race originally scheduled for August 4th. The race would be the 12th race of the season and Sontag’s first time to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. Practice would prove to be important and Cameron would settle into the Top 10 during all three practice rounds. Sontag would be in Heat #2 and start 5th. On lap 2 trouble would strike. Coming out of turn 2, the car would snap loose and go up in smoke. At first it appeared that the rear end blew up, but as the smoke made it’s way to the backstretch grandstand there was no smell of oil. The car would be towed back to the trailer for the team to access the damage. Upon further review of the car, it was determined that the heim join on the 3rd like broke and then shifted the rear end of the car and with the shift, snapped the drive shaft and u-joint off the car. The team quickly got to work to start getting the car ready to even just make the start of the race for points. Fellow driver Roy Seidell would offer a heim joint for the team to use, while Richard Savary offered another driveshaft in case the team needed one. CJ Bolton and Dan Stebbins would also offer their help and parts if anything was needed. Steve and Jim would work together on the driveshaft and u-joint, Chris would tackle the 3rd link and Charlie would take care of the oil overflow and moving the rear end with Cameron. The 4 crew members along with the driver worked methodically and fluidly to get the car back together just in time to scale for the feature. With no clue how the car was going to react the crew was hoping for the best and muster a decent finish. Starting 17th in the feature it would be a tall task for a decent finish. The race would get out to a quick start and Cam would be near a few good drivers. Following Richard Savary, Anthony Nocella and Mike Willis, Sontag would move to the high side and slowly work his way through the field. Everything was beginning to click for the Driver and Spotter. Looking at what the lines were doing, Jim would give Cam the line to run and with great skill Cam would maneuver traffic ahead of him. The car appeared to be working well on the outside lane where the faster traffic was going, while also being able to run the bottom. With some grit and determination Sontag would bust into the top 10. Then with 20 laps to go it was time to hammer down. At the conclusion of the 75 lap feature event Sontag would cross the line 5th! This would be Cam’s second Top 5 of the season and his 3rd Top 10. It was a great finish to what seemed like it was going to be a disappointing night. The next race is Saturday September 15th at The New London-Waterford Speedbowl for a 100 Lap Feature. We hope to see everyone there!

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