Erick Rudolph of Ransomville and the DeLange Racing team closed out an impressive 2008 season last weekend. The team headed south to Concord Motorsport Park in North Carolina to compete in the Sixth Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout. It was Rudolph and the team’s third visit to this premier event.
The team compiled an impressive list of accomplishments during the 2008 season and had high hopes for a good finish at Concord. Unfortunately the race did not go according to plan and Erick struggled with the ill-handling Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete #45 Modified. At the checkered flag he was scored in the 13th position, ending the year on a disappointing note. But when compared to the full year’s accomplishments the talented teenager saw some significant achievements.
“Overall our weekend went pretty well,” Rudolph summarized after the race. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the finish we were hoping for but it was a good learning experience. We just missed the setup for the feature race. Usually we are on the money but tonight we were a tick off. We qualified well and came into the race with high hopes but it didn’t work out the way we planned. It’s a disappointing way to end the season but it was still a good year.”
DeLange Racing is already making plans for the 2009 season. Rudolph will focus on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and run the full schedule, helped by our recently announced partnership with Ed Bennett Racing in Lakewood, New Jersey. The exact distribution of races between the two teams will be announced after the 2009 Tour schedule is released Saturday, December 13 at the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Awards Banquet. The partnership will allow DeLange Racing to run a substantial schedule of local races and meet our commitments to our fine sponsors and our loyal fans. Look for details on our 2009 team schedule once all the various series and track schedules have been released.
The 2008 racing season is over but 2009 is just around the corner. At DeLange Racing we are hard at work to be fully prepared when the first green flag waves next spring.
Sources: Bruce Boucher/DeLange Racing PR