Jake “The Snake” Crum Strikes Twice at Motor Mile Speedway
Radford, VA (April 12, 2008) – Every driver and race team wants to leave the track as the victor, but the next best thing is leaving as the point leader.
Jake “The Snake” Crum earned his second consecutive runner-up finish this weekend in the second race in the UARA-Stars Late Model Series at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday afternoon. His second place finish put Jake ahead in t he point standings for the first time in his late model racing career.
Although the day did not start out on such a positive note: the practice session was somewhat frustrating for Team Crum Racing. The team struggled to find the speed that the rest of the field had, running only 15th quickest in the morning session.
“I don’t know what to change,” commented the 16 year-old driver. “The car is good, real good. We’re just not fast.”
It puzzled the crew, but they kept working at it all day. The team made a few more changes in the last few minutes of the second practice session, but ran out of time. The team wasn’t able to test the new changes before qualifying.
“I’m not happy with the car right now,” Jake vented after practice. “We tried everything we could think of and we just can’t find the speed we need. I think we’ll race a lot better than we’ll qualify.”
When it was time to qualify, Jake was ready to go out and give it his best shot, not knowing what would happen. He went out and shocked the whole crew and himself when he posted the second quickest lap time of the field.
“I just wheeled it,” commented Jake. “I had no idea I was that fast.”
After a pre race autograph session for the fans on the frontstretch of the track, it was time to get the race underway. Jake started on the outside pole and took the lead immediately at the drop of the green flag. He led for the first 19 laps before falling back to second.
“The car is really good,” the young driver relayed during the caution. “It’s just a little tight, but good.”
On lap 64, leader Jaime Yelton, had a motor problem and pulled off the track, putting Jake back in the lead. Jake led for the next 43 laps screaming: “this car is awesome,” back to his crew.
Jake surrendered the lead to BJ Mackey on lap 107 when his car began to develop a slight loose condition. Crew Chief Nick Hutchins, called out to Jake telling him to hang in there and focus on reeling the leader back in.
“Smooth is fast,” Hutchins coached. “Let’s get this!”
Jake just didn’t have enough for the leader and remained in the second place position for the remainder of the race, but not without a couple of mishaps. After a late race caution, Jake missed a shift on the restart and nearly got turned into the wall. He regrouped quickly and set focus back on the leader.
“Nice and smooth,” directed his spotter, Tam Topham. “Just roll it through the center and we can catch him.”
With three laps to go, the field was forced to a green-white-checkered finish. Jake had quite a battle, including some contact, with the third place car of Richard Boswell, but “The Snake” would prevail and crossed the line a hair ahead of his competitor.
“I just want to thank all my sponsors, New River Nissan came on board this week, and my crew,” Jake commented after the race. “I think this [finish] puts us in the lead in points now too.”
Jake’s next race on the UARA-Stars circuit will be at Orange County Speedway on April 26, 2008.
“Last time we were there was two years ago. We were running in second, but ended up on the wall,” Jake reminisced. “It’s a fun track though. I’m excited to go back.”
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