Lonnie Sommerville: PASS North Series
Star Speedway Race Report
EPPING, N.H. – Lonnie Sommerville of Saint John, New Brunswick, finished fourth in the PASS North Series Star 150 at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., on Saturday, May 14. It was Sommerville’s second fourth-place finish in as many starts this season. Sommerville started eighth in the 22-car field, but an early domino-effect spin set him back to shotgun on the field. He rallied back to the Top-10 by Lap 100 and was sitting on the outside pole on the first of several green-white-checkered restarts. After a couple of leaders got together, he was forced to settle for the fourth-place finish.
WHO: Lonnie Sommerville, Saint John, New Brunswick
TEAM: Mulkern Racing No. 48 A.E. McKay Builders/Community Pharmacies Chevrolet
CREW CHIEF: Gary Crooks, Mooresville, N.C.
WHAT: Star 150
WHERE: Star Speedway, Epping, N.H.
LAPS LED: 0 times for 0 laps
PASS North Series
LAST RACE: April 30, PASS 150, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine (4th)
NEXT RACE: May 21, PASS 150, White Mountain Motorsports Park, N. Woodstock, N.H. (.25-mile oval)
LONNIE, CAN YOU SUM UP A STRANGE NIGHT?
“It was just a wild night. We went from thinking we were going to have a good night…and then when it was time to go, on a restart we got bunched up, we got spun, and we lost a lot of track position. It was just one of those nights where nothing went right for us.
“You just scratch your head. Once again, like Beech Ridge, we had a car that could have won the race. I tried to save my tires so we had something left at the end, and we did have something… Obviously, circumstances at the end put us in position to win and we couldn’t take advantage of it.”
DO YOU TAKE ANY SOLACE AT ALL FROM FINISHING IN THE TOP-5 FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT RACE?
“You’ve got to finish Top-5 every week (to compete for the championship). It’s frustrating doing it this way, but it is what it is. If these are our bad nights finishing fourth, that’s a good sign of things to come. If you have a bad night finishing fourth, fifth, or wherever we finished, then really that’s not so bad.”
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