(Photo: Charles Alexander/King Charles Photography)
The second installment of the East Coast Synthetics Slick Move of the Race made its appearance at East Carolina Motor Speedway this past weekend. Awarding one driver who’s moves on or off the track had a positive impact on his or her finishing position. A partnership created between East Coast Synthetics and The Weekly Racer to bring to the forefront a driver affiliation program with AMSOIL as well as recognizing one single driver for their bold move on the track.
This go around it just wasn’t one move it was a collaboration of moves given the circumstances this driver had to face. Twice Gdovic had to work his way deep out of the field after a spin in turns three and four early sent him to the rear. You think, “Okay we got that out of the way early, lets charge back up front where we belong.” Only to have a tire go down, forcing you to pit road, and to the attention of your crew. Lucky for Gdovic this weekends Ronnie Barnette Memorial 200 was 200 laps of green flag racing. This means caution laps did not count! Gave teams a little more time to assess and make repairs to the car without losing a lap to the leaders.
It goes without saying that every driver who straps into their car wants to go, qualify on the pole, lead every lap, and win the race. We also understand that doesn’t always happen, sometimes things happen that are out of your control and you have to fight your way back. As mentioned in a release a couple weeks ago we have teamed up with East Coast Synthetics to help bring one driver into the spotlight and award them our AMSOIL Slick Move of the Race award. This would be awarded to one driver who made an outstanding move that dramatically helped improve their finishing position. R.D. Smith’s drive back up to a third place finish was all but a unanimous pick from our staff.
R.D. Smith – the 2015 Ace Speedway Late Model track champion – credited with the sixth fastest time from Saturday’s qualifying session, Smith was placed on the front row of the first of three official heat races to set the 200-lap features. His second place finish in the heat race would transfer him into the feature sixth on the grid. However, at the drop of the green flag on the Mid-Atlantic’s most prestigious race of the year, Smith found himself shotgun on the field. Smith was penalized just before the field rolled off the grid for an unapproved crew member taking a look at the car. Smith had felt there was a safety issue with the car and that was the reasoning behind having his crew take a second look. Fortunately the crew found nothing wrong, unfortunately it caused them to start in the rear.
With the help of the invert, a determined driver, and of course an well handling car, R.D Smith was able to fight back to a third place finish and winning this years AMSOIL Slick Move of the Race Award – Presented by East Coast Synthetics. Wait? What is that you might ask? This is an award that our staff will be handing out to one driver who’s move on the track dramatically effected his finishing position. I think most would argue that all of Smith’s moves through the feature was more than worthy of this award!