(A very ecstatic Kodie Conner Racing Team after a 3rd place finish Friday night / Photo Credit : LWPictures.com)
SOPHIA, NC : Kodie Conner returned to action in the Pro All Stars Series on Friday night at the .455-mile Caraway Speedway and came away with his season best result of third place. The entire day was a very eventful one for the KCR race team as they were forced to miss most of the afternoon’s practice sessions.
Conner, a student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, had planned to participate in the optional practice day on Thursday for the PASS Super Late Model teams, but exam season left him no other option but to skip that important track time in order to focus on his studies.
The team rolled into Caraway Speedway early Friday afternoon in preparation for the fifth event of the 2017 Pro All Stars Series South season. As the team got ready for the first practice session of the day, a holed radiator was discovered and this caused the team to miss both of the early on track sessions. Conner was able to make it on track in the third and final session and clocked a respectable 17.339-second lap time.
After qualifying in the 7th position overall with a 17.144-second lap time, Conner ended up with pill number 5 in the top ten redraw for the 125 lap feature lineup.
On the start, Conner was ready to go as he had two rookies lined up in front of the Tiger 45 Toyota Camry. However, Conner quickly fell to the back of the field after just a couple of laps with an engine that was not up to full song. It turns out the crew made an error and forgot to remove the cowl cover and this caused a severe air flow restriction to the carburetor.
“At the very beginning of the race there we actually left something in the car. Our little cover for the airbox was actually still on it and the crew was taking a nap and forgot to take it out.”
The team caught a break as a yellow flag waved on lap 32 for an incident in turn two. This allowed the team to bring the Tiger 45 car down pit road and not only remove the cowl cover, but make some minor adjustments to the chassis.
It became just like a light switch as Conner methodically began to work his way through the field and found himself inside the top five with just 25 laps to go.
As the laps were winding down, Conner was growing closer and closer to the top four cars in hopes of a good finish. With just 6 laps to go, a caution waved for the second place car, which blew an engine and stalled car on the backstretch. That misfortune relegated Conner up to fourth position for the final restart.
Conner was able to get my the Dave Farrington car and was on the rear bumper of second place Tanner Thorson as the field came to the white flag. However, the race ran out of laps and Conner crossed under the checkered flag in third place, which was his best result of the 2017 season.
“All in all it was a very good race with a top three finish. It was our best finish in while. I definitely want to thank all the fans of the Pro All Stars Series for coming out, CRC, Perfect Fuel, The Driveshaft Shop, my grandfather Jerry Conner and Wheel Chill for all their support.’
Conner will not get much rest as he heads to Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 6th for Twin 75 Super Late Model races in the #1 Circle Track Warehouse car at the CARS Tour Liberty 300 event.
News and Notes :
- The third place finish was the fourth straight top 10 finish for Kodie in 2017
- The third place was also Kodie’s best result since a third place last June at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC)
- The next Pro All Stars Series South event for the KCR team with be at Concord Speedway on Friday night, May 26th at the tricky-triangle Concord Speedway (NC)