Hanover, PA (March 27, 2023) – In what can only be described as a tough weekend of racing in Central PA that went from one extreme to another, Dylan Norris and the Gobrecht Motorsports Team put their heads down and came out on the other side unscathed with two top 10 finishes.
Mother Nature delayed another attempt at the Williams Grove season opener on Friday night and it looked like she might get the best of Lincoln on Saturday but the promoters decided to give the drivers a chance to race. It was the first handicapped show of the season at Lincoln which had Norris lined up sixth for his heat race start. Despite heavy track conditions Norris drove up to third in the heat putting him in a handicapped spot at the front of the feature line-up, “We had a good heat race that put us in a better position. I got handicapped back to ninth for the start of the feature and on a track like we had its just hard to go anywhere.” After five attempts to get a green flag lap in the books to start the 30-lap feature which included an open red for a fuel stop, officials had the field line-up single file for the sixth attempt which was a success. Norris ran in the sixth spot for most of the race and that is where he would finish, “The team performed well, I had a great racecar all night and I’m excited to keep getting into the thick of the season.”
BAPS Motor Speedway kicked off their 410 sprint car schedule on Sunday afternoon and it did not take long to realize that the track conditions would be the polar opposite of what teams saw the previous night at Lincoln with the track drying out early in the program. Norris started eighth in the second heat race and drove up to finish fifth, putting him the feature. Dylan lined up 18th for what would turn out to be another marathon main event, “BAPS on Sunday was a rough day with track conditions which made it hard to pass and your starting position made up most of your race.” Norris and the team opted to run the old tire compound as opposed to the new compound available on Sunday and once right rear tires started to go, Dylan fell victim as did many others. The Gobrecht Motorsports Team had the opportunity to change both the right and left rear tires before rejoining the field to finish the shortened race, “We put the old compound back on because we knew we would burn off whatever we put back on.” With five laps to go under caution, officials decided on a green white checkered finish to make the race 27 laps instead of 30. Dylan crossed the line eighth, “I feel like once again our car had good speed but we started the night with a terrible pill draw and that combined with the track conditions put us behind from the start.”
Dylan was one of four drivers to finish in the top 10 both nights over the weekend, which considering the circumstances is quite the accomplishment, “It does help build a little bit of confidence in our program because I know that we can pass cars now and if we could just start further forward we would be okay.”
Norris and the team are now looking ahead to another scheduled three-race weekend which will take them across state lines to New Jersey on Sunday to Bridgeport Speedway.
Williams Grove Speedway, Friday, March 31 at 7:30PM; Lincoln Speedway, Saturday, April 1 at 6PM; Bridgeport Speedway, Sunday, April 2 at 6PM
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Top 10: 1
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Top 10: 2
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