Mid-America Diary: Speed But No Luck At Meeker

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Mid-America Diary: Speed
Cannon McIntosh in action on Tuesday at Red Dirt Raceway. (Lonnie Wheatley photo)

Editor’s Note: Cannon McIntosh, 16, is competing in his first full season in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League, as well as running select races in the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series.

McIntosh will be sharing his racing experiences with Sprint Car & Midget subscribers while competing throughout the season behind the wheel of the Dave Mac Motorsports, Toyota-powered No. 08.

Below is his newest diary entry, recapping Tuesday night’s USAC-sanctioned event at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway and previewing Thursday night’s Chad McDaniel Memorial at Concordia (Kan.) High Banks.

Cannon McIntosh Mug
Cannon McIntosh.

MEEKER, Okla. – We thought we were setting up to have a really good run on Tuesday night at Red Dirt Raceway, but then the feature came along and kind of crushed those hopes a little bit.

We had a fast car for most of the day. Our heat race was good, but our qualifying effort was actually really strong. We haven’t even been in the top 10 during qualifying lately, but we had a good effort there to go seventh-quick and end up in the invert after a few of the guys ahead of us had problems.

Starting fifth in our heat race and going right to the top three told us that we had something to work with, but Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) made a bit of an on-the-edge move ahead of me to where I had to back out of it and settle into third, because I didn’t want to take both of us out.

Transferring through our heat put us fourth on the grid for the feature, and when we went green, it just got crazy really quickly. I had to get on the binders because someone got over the cushion right in front of me, and I didn’t want to drive through him when he came down the track.

That got me sideways, and then someone came in behind me and finished me off in the corner.

We had to go to the work area from there and come through the field from the back, and I was making a little bit of ground up, but then we had someone else come down the track to where I had to check up again and it just compounded our struggles. I finally got to the top and started ripping it, but Hank (Davis) went in to try and slide Holley (Hollan) and just smoked her – I had nowhere to go.

He hit her in the left rear, spun himself out and I hit him because I was already committed to the top and couldn’t get out of the way. That broke the front end and pretty much ended our night after that.

I’m really bummed out about the way our night ended at Meeker, because I feel like we showed speed all the way through the night and it was a shame we couldn’t stay up front to see what we could have done with it. Not to mention, that race was a home-state race for me, so a lot of people I knew were there to cheer me on and support our team. It was good to have that extra support.

We’re finally starting to figure out qualifying, I feel like, which is important because if you don’t figure it out then you’re buried for the rest of the night. That’s been an area where we’ve struggled, but I’m more optimistic about it the last few weeks than I was before we started turning it around.

We’re not hanging our heads about Meeker at all; we’re already past it. It’s racing and it happens. We know we were fast and one of the cars to beat. I just wish we were racing tonight instead of having to wait an extra day because of the rain that moved through Kansas.

Thursday is a new day, and we’ll come out, show our cards and see what we can do at Concordia!

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