Dominic Colindres / Weirbach Racing Report From the Tucson Half-Mile
This past weekend was the AMA Pro Grand National half-mile held in Tucson, Arizona. I had no idea what to expect heading to this track. It hasn't been raced in a while and no one knew what it would be like. I was hoping it would be a nice blue groove. I am going into the race fourth in points and hoped to have a strong finish to stay in fourth.
During the first and second qualifying sessions the bike was all over the place and the track had deep ruts, holes and dust. I qualified 10th both sessions and felt ok. We decided at the last minute to change to a different bike and gearing for the last session and I ended up qualifying fourth in the final timed practice.
Heading into the heat races we didn't make any changes and I would be starting on the front row on the outside. I was fourth off the line and got into third by turn three. The next lap I made a pass for second going into three and stayed there the whole race. With the solid second in the heat, I felt comfortable for the main.
In the main, I was lined up third from the inside but I got a bad start and was in about fourth or fifth heading into the first turn. Going into turn three I dove to the inside and was already up to second. It was a complete restart and I was third off the start and was riding in third until a red flag came out. This time off the start I got shuffled backwards to about sixth place. Another red flag came out and it would be a single file restart this time. The rest of the race I was trying to fight my way back into the top 5 but it didn't happen. I ended up getting seventh. Red flags were definitely not my friend today, dealing with all the red flags this year has been pretty tough for me. I am still fourth in points but Texter closed within 4 with her win. Next weekend is the season finale in Pomona, California, and I'm ready to have a strong finish to end the season and finish fourth in the overall championship points.
I'd really like to thank my sponsors: Weirbach Racing, KDM Forrest Products, Michael King, Mach 1, A&A Racing, Works Connection, General Engineering, Barnett, Spectro, DynoJet, K&N, Saddlemen, Motorcycle Superstore, White lightning Retrievers, PMP Sprockets, Motion Pro, Spider Grips, Evans Coolant, Cheney Engineering, G2 Ergonomics, All Balls Racing, Firecoat Custom Powderworks, CP Pistons and Carillo Rods, Web Cams, Foudree's Graphics, Sunoco, Pro Wheel, Durelle Racing, Supertrapp, TNT Honda, Pingel Products, Regina Chain, Factory Backing, Hinson, Motobatt, Pit Posse, Jet-Hot, Bell Helmets, Cosmetic Graphics, ProFactoryHoses.com, Rekluse, and Chicken Hawk Racing, Frankie Morris, my Mom and Dad,
Dominic Colindres 66Y