A Rookie Mistake Nets A Rookie Victory

(photo courtesy Brian Lawdemilk)

Realizing that he was the cause of the third attempt at a green-white-checker, rookie John King, was more than likely rehearsing his apology/begging for forgiveness speech, both would be the same in this case, to Johnny Sauter.

Contact between King and Sauter in the second attempt at the green-white-checker turned Sauter around and crashing into the retaining wall at the try-oval.  That rookie mistake by King brought out the red flag and stopped the racing while all the scattered debris was cleaned up.  The rad flag stoppage just added more time for King to rehearse his thoughts of why and how he could have been so careless.

“Golly, I flat-freakin’ wrecked him,” a disconsolate King radioed into his crew during the time-out.

King was practically speechless after scoring his first win on DIS’ famedhigh-banks after only eight series starts. “Man, I’m a rookie, I’m not supposed to be here,” said King, a 23-year-old resident of Kingsport, Tenn. “This is unreal. This Red Horse Racing team is unbelievable. From the owner to the tire guy – everybody does their job. I don’t know what to say. I have never driven anything so smooth in my life as that race truck. It’s just a dream come true.”

“I apologize to Johnny Sauter. I shouldn’t have been there because I am so inexperienced. (But) here we are,” King said – from all places – Gatorade Victory Lane after an improbable win in the series’ 2012 season-opener. “I closed-up on him (Sauter) real fast. I was in the trioval and I couldn’t get off of him. I closed-up on him too fast and just wrecked him. Just inexperience, just a rookie mistake.”

King was practically speechless after scoring his first win on DIS’ famedhigh-banks after only eight series starts. “Man, I’m a rookie, I’m not supposed to be here,” said King, a 23-year-old resident of Kingsport, Tenn. “This is unreal. This Red Horse Racing team is unbelievable. From the owner to the tire guy – everybody does their job. I don’t know what to say. I have never driven anything so smooth in my life as that race truck. It’s just a dream come true.”

Red Horse racing was formed in 2005 by former Mobil Oil executive Tom DeLoach and former Darrell Waltrip crew chief, and ESPN commentator Jeff Hammond.

Despite his late-race miscues, King showed plenty of patience after losing the draft early in an event scheduled for 100 laps. “Just stayed with it. Got lucky, got a caution and got back up,” said King, driver of the No. 7 Toyota Tundra. “Stayed right on my yellow brick road (the double bottom line) and just made it up towards the front.”

By this time, what was left of the original 36-truck field was pacing toward the third/final GWC, King was definitely up on the wheel. “I was ready for them (the laps) to be over real quick,” said King, whose previous career-best finish of 15th was recorded in his series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2010. “Timothy (Peters) stuck with me and pushed me right to the end. I’ve got great teammates.”

As usual, the Friday night truck race at Daytona was a crowd pleaser.  It has long-held its own against the Saturday Nationwide race, and is a great precursor to “The Great american Race”, the Daytona 500!  Even though the race is only 100 laps, 250 miles, the racing was fast, the lights were shimmering, and the crowd was all in!

I will always maintain that this race is the best bang for the buck over any race during the entire race season!  For those of you that may be contemplating a trip to Daytona nest year, it is my suggestion that you incorporate The Duels on Thursday, the Camping World Trucks, the Nationwide, as well as, “The Great American Race”, too!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

 

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