Good Morning NWTS Drivers!!
Tonight we head back to a short for the Walz Beard Co 140 at Richmond. A little bit bigger than our last short track and a good track for some fun side by side racing. This will be the second time the NWTS visits Richmond, the last time was in Season 1.
After two great open practice sessions our scoring pylon for the top 5 looks like this:
#24 Jeff Stabnow took home the fastest practice time and looks like he may be a force. He turned a lap of 130.81 MPH (20.641). Jeff capped off a struggled run at Michigan with a third-place finish. From what we understand the crew chief wanted to use a different setup than the one he liked most in practice. After that, we can pretty much guarantee that Jeff will make sure to have the right setup in for the 140 lap battle.
Just behind Stabnow, teammate #29 Mark Walz would take the second spot in practice turning a lap of 130.55 MPH (20.682). Mark who has won a staggering 6 races on the season and even crazier than that 5 in a row at a point, looks to capitalize on his victory at Michigan and continue to rack up the wins.
Rounding out the top three in practice was the #45 of Stephen Seilstad with a lap of 130.03 MPH (20.765). Stephen is coming off his career-high finish of fourth in the NWTS. Stephen has made great leaps and is becoming a very consistent driver in the top 10. Seilstad has put in a lot of work but it seems to be paying off. This week he turned a total of 416 laps, four laps shy of three times the race laps.
Taking home the fourth spot is the #17 of Ryan Mains part of TRGA Motorsports, Mains turned a lap of 128.53 MPH (21.006). Mains grabbed his best finish of the season (fifth) and is looking to continue to that and better his position. Mains has struggled a little bit this season but hopefully, with his best finish, he looks to turn his season around.
Rounding out the top five is #89 Jon Ottenbacher who turned a lap of 128.24 MPH (21.054). Ottenbacher who finished in the top 10 at Michigan looks to continue that and finish in the top 10 if he can stay out of trouble on the short track of Richmond.