Amber achieved her first top 5 finish in the Limited Late Model, on August 13, 2011, at Hickory Motor Speedway. Not only was this a mile stone for Amber but it was a very special day as it was her Mother’s birthday and Mom was there to see her race the Limited Late Model for the 1st time.
After having her clutch start slipping in practice Friday we tore the tranny out on Saturday morning and replaced the clutch at the race track. Amber went out for one practice run and was one of the fastest cars on the track so we decided to park her and save the tires, the car, and her for the race.
After a lengthy rain delay and qualifying being canceled the field was set by points and Amber started 10th of 13 cars. While in traffic Amber was running within 1/10th of the leader and quickly drove to 8th. Amber then missed a wreck that was 2 car lengths in front of her. On the restart 3rd place car was turned just past the flag stand and amber dodged the carnage. Just a few laps later there was another caution and again the 3rd place car was turned under the flag stand on the restart. This time Amber was restarting in 6th and showed great poise and control while driving through without a scratch.
The last 13 laps were very exciting as Amber raced two wide with a veteran driver while challenging him for 4th place and almost took the position 3 or 4 times. At this point in the race the leader was singled out and Amber was running the same lap times as the leader while running 2 wide.
This was Amber’s second trip to the race track in the Limited late Model and after a 7th and a 10th last week Amber got her first top five at Hickory while showing fantastic car control and great natural abilities. We look very much forward to next week and many more top 5’s to come.