Sat, Jun. 23, 2012 - [Motorsports]
LIMA - It's now been three races since Kody Weisner had to switch into the No. 1 modified car after a wreck took out his 00 car. And now it's been three straight top-10 finishes for the University of Northwestern Ohio racer, this one a third-place finish in the K&N UMP Modified feature Friday at Limaland Motorsports Park.
"That thing (1 car) has a stupid amount of drive," Weisner said. "Now that we have the springs right and the shock package right, it's just fine adjustments here and there. We have a few things we're going to do this week to try it."
Weisner started in the fifth position and made up one spot within the first three laps. By the fifth lap, he was up to third, where he stayed for the rest of the 20-lap race.
After a restart on lap 11, Weisner changed his plan of attack, scrapping the idea of running the bottom of the track and moving up to the cushion.
A caution on the white-flag lap set up a one-lap dash for the checkered flag, and Weisner didn't lift his foot off of the accelerator on the back stretch, through turns three and four and onto the front stretch, grabbing second place with a flurry over the last few yards and nearly nipping Jake Reufer at the line.
"It was getting run into the fence coming out of (turn) two and I didn't really lift in three and four," Weisner said. "I tried making the exit from four as straight as I could.
"Jake and I have raced the four or five weeks side-by-side. He's one of those guys you can run beside and you know he won't run into you. Some guys will run you into the fence and you know you can't run beside them."
Ryan O'Dette started in 14th spot and finished in the same spot. He had fallen to the 17th position midway through the race and made up three spots in the final 10 laps.
The UNOH High Performance Motorsports Team had similar success in the Bud Thunderstock division as well. Nick Wojcik finished third, Mitchell O'Patik finished fourth, Joel Ortberg was fifth, and Josh Sutter was 14th.It was the fourth straight top-10 finish for O'Patik, and second straight for Wojcik.
Wojcik and Ortberg started the race side-by-side in the third row, with O'Patik one row back. The trio stayed in the top 6 of the race for the full 15 laps, with Wojcik and O'Patik taking over the third and fourth spots on lap 10.