Hord Maintains Points Despite Bad Weather
Round 4--The Hord Racing Team rolled into Eldora Speed-way eager to take on the 1/2 mile clay oval with jumps added to bring short course off-road action to the Ohio race fans. Significant rainfall late Thursday night through early Saturday morning resulted in the cancellation of practice, qualifying and Round 3's racing action.
With rain in the forecast for Saturday night as well, the crew had multiple tires prepped for the race. Depending on the weather and track conditions, different compounds and grooves could be needed. While the Pro-Light class was in staging, the skies opened up and a half an hour rain shower delayed racing action. During the delay, the Hord Racing Team made a tire change, switching to a harder compound. Knowing that the track was clay and had been exposed to steady rainfall, the team anticipated the track staying slick and muddy.
The BOSS Snowplow, AMSOIL, Maxxis, Nissan Titan, lined up in the 2nd row on the outside for the 2x2 rolling start. The green flag flew and the harder tire compound proved to give the #9 Pro-2wd and advantage early on. After some contact in the first turn, Chad quickly worked his way in to 2nd place. On such a short track, it wasn't long and lap traffic became a factor, allowing the 3rd place truck to make up some ground. As the race progressed the track rapidly improved.
Running in third at the mandatory caution, Chad knew that by deciding to run the harder tire compound, he would now besacrificing valuable traction on this tight track. With lap traffic between him and 2nd place and the 4th place truck right on his bumper Chad drove an aggressive line on the restart, diving to the inside and was able to slip by the lap traffic and charge toward the leaders, putting much needed space between himself and the hard charging veteran running in fourth. Chad would hold onto third place for another eleven laps being overcome with just four laps remaining. Chad continued on to finish in fourth place.
The Hord Racing team remains in third place in the points standings and is looking forward to racing in front of their hometown crowd at the Bark River International Raceway on June 15-16.more news
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