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Hard Charging Leads to Pair of Solid Finishes

May 11, 2019

The Double D Racing team was back at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night for event number two of ten in the 2019 Weekly Racing Series for the Pro Late Models, sponsored by Grisdale Racing Products.  After surviving a couple of incidents just one week ago in the season opener, the team spent many long hours getting the #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet back into racing shape for another night of action.

A pair of afternoon practice sessions kicked off the event for the team.  During the first session, driver Rick Burbridge reported that the car was struggling to rotate through the center of the corner.  Between sessions, the crew made a front bump stop adjustment to hopefully improve the car's turning ability.  In the second and final practice session of the afternoon, Rick reported that the car did not feel any better than it had in the first session.  The team settled on a rear spring rubber adjustment in hopes of improving the car's performance for the evening's racing action.  

For the evening's first race, Rick would start from the 10th position after an unlucky pill draw.  When the green flag flew, Rick was immediately able to drop his way down to the bottom line, and began working his way forward through the field.  By lap 5, Rick had worked his way up to the 8th position, and would move into the 7th position on lap 7.  Rick would continue riding in the 7th position until the first caution of the race flew on lap 14, just prior to halfway.  On the restart, Rick would use the inside to his advantage, moving up to the 6th position.  On lap 19, Rick would work his way past the #61 of Brent Wheller to crack the top five for the first time.  The second and final caution of the race flew on lap 22, setting up an 8 lap dash to the finish.  On the restart, Rick would work his way under the #55 of Chris Howse after a hard battle, moving up to the 4th position.  Rick would then set his sights on the #35 of Andy Kamrath, who was running in 3rd.  Over the remaining laps, Rick would glue himself to Kamrath's bumper, looking to pounce on any potential mistake.  With two laps remaining, Rick gave Kamrath a tap heading into turn three, but Kamrath was able to hold off the challenge, forcing Rick to fall back into line and settle for a 4th place finishing position.

In the final race of the night, Rick would roll off from the 6th position after the lead lap finishers from the first race were inverted to determine the starting order.  In the early laps, Rick would battle hard on the outside line, but would not be able to find a way down to the bottom line, eventually sliding back to the 9th position before falling into line.  Rick would ride in the 9th position until lap 10, when he got into the back of the #91 of Mike Westwood, sending him for a spin.  As a result of the contact, Rick received a black flag and was sent to the rear of the field for the restart.  Starting from the back of the pack, Rick would work his way back into the top 10 by the halfway point of the race.  Rick would move up to the 9th position on lap 18, and looked destined to finish in that position until five laps remaining, when Howse turned the #46 of Mike Klotz.  The resulting caution allowed Rick to move up to the 7th position for the restart.  Rick quickly jumped up to the 6th spot on the restart, but the race was slowed just two laps later for a hard crash entering turn one.  The incident would result in a red flag for clean up, and a three lap dash to close out the race.  Restarting from the outside this time, Rick was able to drop down to the bottom line after losing just one position.  Over the final two laps, Rick worked his way inside the #27 of Kevin Albers to move back up to 6th place, where he would eventually finish.

After back-to-back race weekends to start the season, the Double D Racing team will now enjoy a weekend off before shifting gears to focus on their next event, the opening round of the 2019 Grisdale Triple Crown Tournament.  The event will feature time trials and a 100 lap main event, and will take place on Saturday, May 25th at Flamboro Speedway, with time trials starting at 6:00pm.  See you at the track! 

Strong Season Opener Amid Carnage Filled Affair

May 4, 2019

The Double D Racing team kicked off the 2019 racing season on Saturday night with the first event of the Flamboro Speedway Weekly Racing Series for Pro Late Models, sponsored by Grisdale Racing Products.  The #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet was among a solid field of twenty teams on hand to kick off the new campaign with a pair of 30 lap main events.  

The evening's on track activity began with a pair of practice sessions.  After an offseason of major rebuilding, this was the first chance for driver Rick Burbridge to test out the changes the team opted to make.  Following the first session, Rick noted that the car was struggling to turn through the center of the corner.  Crew Chief Dave Burbridge opted to make a front spring and bump stop adjustment in order to get the front suspension working optimally.  After the second session, Rick reported more of the same handling condition, and the team went further on the adjustments that were made after the first session, as well as adding a sway bar adjustment.  The team was hopeful that the adjustments made would have the car dialed in for the evening's pair of main events.

For the first race of the evening, Rick drew the #21 pill from the starting position draw, which gave him the 5th starting position for the race.  When the green flag flew, Rick used the inside line to his advantage, moving past the #50 of Chad Corcoran in the opening laps to slot into the 4th position.  By lap 10, then #89 of Shawn Chenoweth moved under Rick, dropping him back to the 5th position.  Rick would ride in the 5th position until the only caution of the race came out just past halfway.  During the caution, race leader Hudson Nagy stopped on track in his #63 machine and had to be helped off track by the safety crew.  This would move Rick up to the 4th position for the restart.  On the restart, Rick was able to fight his way to the bottom in front of the #27 of Kevin Albers without losing a position.  In the closing laps, Rick would make his way past the #4 of Trevor Monaghan to move into the 3rd position.  Rick would hold off the #14 of JR Fitzpatrick in the final laps to bring home a solid 3rd place finish to open the season.

To prepare for the second event of the evening, the team made another left front bump stop adjustment.  Rick would roll off from the 9th position, as the lead lap finishers from the first race were inverted to start the second race.  In the opening laps, Rick was once again able to use an inside start to his advantage.  Rick would move past a trio of cars to move into the 6th position when the field single filed out.  Rick would ride in line in the 6th position for several laps, as the cars at the front of the field battled side-by-side and the field stacked up behind them.  On lap 8, Rick was clipped in the rear by the #63 of Hudson Nagy in the middle of turns one and two.  As Rick attempted to hang onto the car coming off turn two, he made contact with the #89 of Shawn Chenoweth, who was attempted to get past on the outside.  As Chenoweth's left front clipped Rick's right front, Chenoweth's car went airborne and straight into the outside wall.  That contact sent Rick hard back to the left, where he careened into his brother Mark in the #02 car.  The end result was heavy front end damage to Rick's machine and a red flag to remove the Chenoweth car from the track.  When the field went back to caution, Rick brought the car to the pit area for the team to make repairs.  After repairs were made and Rick headed back on track, he would restart from the 14th position.  The race would see numerous short green flag runs of 1-3 laps apiece, as the race was marred by several incidents, all of which Rick was able to avoid.  By halfway, Rick found himself back up to 7th position, and restarting on the inside line.  An inside restart would prove beneficial, as Rick was able to move his way up to the 5th position, where he would ride until lap 23, when Nagy and Monaghan made contact in turn four while battling for 2nd position.  Nagy would climb over the left rear of Monaghan, and spin when the car came back to the ground to bring out the caution.  That set up a late restart with Rick in the 4th position.  Rick would lose ground with the outside restart, slipping back to 6th position by the time another caution flew on lap 25 for a spin at the rear of the field.  With another outside restart, Rick would drop another position, slotting into 7th spot before the final caution of the evening flew on lap 27.  This set up a three lap shootout to the finish, with Rick having an inside restart position.  Rick was able to use that position to his advantage, moving past the #50 of Chad Corcoran as well as brother Mark to move back into the top five.  On the final lap, Rick almost picked up more positions, as Monaghan and Nagy once again found themselves battling for 2nd and made heavy contact down the back straight and through turns three and four.  Rick attempted to jump to their outside off the final turn, but ran out of real estate and settled for the 5th place finishing position.

After a solid pair of top five finishes to open the season, the team will have a long week of repairs ahead of them to repair the major front end damage suffered in the second race.  The next event for the Double D Racing team will be the second event of the Flamboro Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, May 11th, with racing beginning at 6:30pm.  See you at the track! 

Flamboro Speedway Season Opener On Deck

April 30, 2019

The start of the 2019 racing season has finally arrived for Double D Racing.  After an extended offseason, the team is ready to shake off the rust and hit the track to begin the new campaign, which begins this Saturday night.  Flamboro's opening event for the 2019 Weekly Racing Series for the Grisdale Late Models will feature a pair of 30 lap main events.  

After racing in the APC Racing Series for the past several years, the adjustment from longer distance events to the relatively short events that are contested in Flamboro's Late Model division will be a big one for team and driver.  Driver Rick Burbridge offered his thoughts on the transition.  "When you run a 100 lap race, you can have some give and take early, save your stuff, and hope to have something that works in the final stretch of the race.  When you run 30 laps, you've got to go 100% from the drop of the green flag, and you can't give an inch.  This hasn't traditionally been my strong suit, so I'm going to have to work on my early race pace and intensity for sure."

The Double D Racing team is pleased to have all of last year's sponsors returning to adorn the #2 Chevrolet once again this season.  The sponsor roster includes: West Brant Window World, DGB Accounting Services, Scott's Auto Body Repair, Fleming Automotive and Whitelaw Automotive.

The Flamboro Speedway 2019 season opener rolls off on Saturday, May 4th, with racing beginning at 6:30pm.  See you at the track! 

Latest Results

May 11 Results

Race #1

1. #14 - JR Fitzpatrick

2. #27 - Kevin Albers

3. #35 - Andy Kamrath

4. #2 - Rick Burbridge

5. #02 - Mark Burbridge

Race #2

1. #14 - JR Fitzpatrick

2. #50 - Chad Corcoran

3. #61 - Brent Wheller

4. #02 - Mark Burbridge

5. #93 - Carson Nagy

6. #2 - Rick Burbridge