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Milka Duno Finishes 20th at Monster Mile
In a joint effort containing both RAB Racing and DRIVE Technology, Venezuelan Indy Car driver Milka Duno made her first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start as well as her first start at Dover International Speedway. Using the practice sessions as a learning tool, Milka worked to find rhythm in the car. This practice continued into the race, and Milka Completed the Drive Sober 150 in the 20th position with minimal damage to the car.
Mason Massey's Debut Ends Early at Langley
17 Year Old Georgia Native Mason Massey made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut at Langley Speedway on June 21st. After a solid practice session concentrating on race runs, as well as gaining experience inside the DRIVE Technology #18 Toyota Camry, Massey put down a solid qualifying lap considering his brief time in the car. Massey qualified 14th for the Visit Hampton 175.
When the race went green, Massey immediately settled into the 14th position. Being a long race, Mason was riding, learning, and trying to stay out of trouble while moving forward. Unfortunately on lap 6, the 2 car of Ryan Gifford and the 71 of Eddie Macdonald got together, triggering a multi car accident in turn 1. Massey was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and could not avoid the accident. The damage on the 18 machine proved to be terminal and Massey's run was cut short. Although the result is not what the team had hoped for, all were excited about the speed their new young driver displayed throughout the day.
Mason Massey is determined to rebound from the unfortunate incident, and is planning to bounce back as he will make his 2nd NASCAR K&N Pro Series start for DRIVE Technology at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 19th.
DRIVE Technology driver Sam Hunt will return to NASCAR K&N Pro Series action in August for the Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway.
Hunt's Top 5 run at Bowman Gray Ruined by Late Race Accident
DRIVE Technology's trip to the madhouse consisted of just that, madness. After starting 16th, driver Sam Hunt was able to progressively move the 18 car through the field. By lap 40, Hunt had worked his way to the 9th position. A great handling car allowed Hunt to run the field down, one by one, and complete passes on the tiny 1/4 mile bullring. On lap 80, Hunt went to the inside of the 22 car of Austin Hill for the 6th position and completed the pass. As the 18 car then began pressuring the 15 of Nick Drake, Hunt was hooked by the 22 car and sent spinning into the infield grass. The 18 car was then trapped a lap down and back to the rear of the field. On the next green flag run, Hunt was racing for the lucky dog position when another accident broke out in front of him. The 22 car of Austin Hill then hooked the 14 of Trey Hutchens, causing a 5 car pileup in turn three. Hunt suffered damage to both the hood and bumper of the 18, forcing him to pit and repair the damage. The team was able to get the car back out on track, but 6 laps down to the leaders. The unfortunate series of late race events resulted in a 16th place finish.
"Well first of all I want to thank my team for giving me such an awesome car. Driving through the whole field at a track like Bowman Gray really requires a great car.. We passed Austin (#22) for 6th there later in the race and were going for 5th when he hooked us off of four. Not quite sure what that was all about. Pretty upset, we didn't have a scratch on the car before he dumped us and now we've got a pretty torn up hot rod. He dumped the 14 car (Trey Hutchins) about twenty laps later and that pretty much put the dagger in our night. I'll just have to store that whole deal in my memory bank and return the favor when the time is right. Thanks again to everyone who made this deal possible." -Sam Hunt
Hunt's Charge at RIR halted by Late Flat RF Tire (April 25, 2014)
After a long, rainy weekend at Richmond International Raceway, DRIVE Technology and driver Sam Hunt found great balance in the #18 Toyota Camry. After an early draw resulting in a mediocre qualifying attempt, Hunt started 23rd in the Blue Ox 100. On lap two, Hunt was knocked sideways off of turn 4, resulting in a large loss of track position and bringing him back to the 35th place. Once Hunt was able to run clean green laps, he started matching and beating lap times of the leader. As the race progressed, Hunt passed car after car, and set an extremely fast pace. On lap 70, Hunt was in the hunt and charging into the top ten when an unexpected right front flat tire struck the 18. Hunt was forced to slow, was able to keep off of the outside wall, and nurse the car to pit road under green flag conditions. The pit stop resulted in the loss of two laps, a deficit that Hunt could not overcome in the final 25 laps. However, Hunt continued his charge past the field, although the passes were not for position. The DRIVE Technology crossed the line in the 25th place.
"First of all I've got to thank DRIVE Technology for such a great race car. I really thought we had a top five falling into our lap before our tire went flat. To overcome the adversity we were dealt with at the beginning and come all the way back to the front in such a short time really shows a lot about this team. It was a blast to be able to pass cars both on the bottom and top. The car really came to life late in the race, when the tires were extremely worn down. These guys deserved a top five finish today, and I cant believe we were hit with that flat. I think we turned a lot of heads today and proved we can match the speed of the big teams. Once we get a little luck, I think we will prove how dangerous we can be" - Sam Hunt