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G-OIL Twin 50's Review and Return of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
The Fourth of July holiday marks the half way point of the Bowman Gray Season, and it also marks the return of the Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT). The Firecracker 150 is Friday night and Brian Loftin looks to return to his winning ways.
So far this year, Brian has driven at ‘the stadium’ for “Puddin” Swisher in the #53 left vacant by Jonathan “Jon Boy” Brown as well as the beloved Hill Family, aka Hillbilly Racing out of Westfield, NC. This past Saturday night Brian drove the #79 Coors Light/Annabelle’
The starting lineup for the second of the G-OIL Twin 50’s was determined by the infamous Madhouse Scramble draw, where the winner of the first race pulls a numbered chip from a bag (an 8, 10, 12, 14 or 16) and that is where the field inverts to. Jonathan Brown, winner of the first race, pulled a 10 putting Brian and the #79 team starting the 3rd once again. Expectations were running high for a win in the second race, however unlike normal races where you can change out tires, officials stated any tire changes would result in starting the second race from the rear of the field. Sure enough they held true and put Brian in the rear for the start. There were other teams who changed tires, however they had ‘scuffed’ their second set so you couldn’t really tell they were a different set entirely. Despite having started dead last, Brian raced his way to the top 10 quickly even with only a couple of cautions. Had there been a couple more cautions, Brian and the team believe they could have been in contention for the win, especially with the 'cone' double file restart being in place. Brian raced his way up to the sixth spot and while it wasn’t a win, it was a good night overall for both Brian, crew and the Hillbilly Team.
Now Brian and his L&R Transmission/
Brian and the team would like to thank Sandra, David and the entire Hill Enterprises race team for what has been one of the most enjoyable of partnerships. The professionalism, atmosphere and vibe have been amazing; and who knows where that might lead in the future. They have made us all feel like part of the Hillbilly Racing family and for that we all thank them!
Make plans on attending a short track this week but for sure come out Friday night to Caraway for the Firecracker 150! To all the fans of Brian Loftin Racing, we hope you are having a very Happy and Safe Fourth of July Holiday and Happy Birthday America!!!
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