WASHINGTON WEAR DOWN
ELMA, WA – There has been a glaring lack of racing luck for Lane Zerbin at Grays Harbor Speedway the past two race weekends. After an 18th place finish last weekend, the Victoria, British Columbia kicked off the month of May finishing 19th in the Saturday night Washington Modified Tour Feature event. Over 30 race teams jammed the pits at the Elma, Washington facility. Only 20 Modifieds start the Feature event. “Track position is huge at a race like this,” explains Zerbin, “if I could have finished third or better in my Heat, I would have had a top-10 starting position in the Feature.” Zerbin finished fourth in his Heat race. “The car was good. It was easy to drive. We just didn’t have racing luck on our side.” Zerbin was involved in several on-track incidents which brought out the caution flags. “When you are involved in the first three yellow flags its a pretty tough night.”
The Feature event did start off on a positive note for Zerbin. “Started 16th in the main and got by a couple cars on the very first lap.” At the start of Lap 2 his racing luck ran out. “Cars were three-wide in front of me. One got squirrelly and came up across the track and got everybody. I went up and over his nose and knocked the steering out a bit.” On the restart, Zerbin re-gained the lost track position in the Northern Provincial Pipelines Ltd/C-Force Marine #81 Modified. On Lap 6, while running 12th, Zerbin got spun bringing out the second caution flag of the Feature. “Had to go to the back of the pack for this one but I manage to rally all the way back to where I got spun out.”
Things got heated on the track approaching the halfway point of the Feature. “Passed one guy, then the following lap he thought he could get his spot back and did a hard slide job on me almost putting me in the wall. I got a little aggressive and that was it.” The front end of Zerbin’s car was perched atop the rear wheel of his fellow competitor. Zerbins race night was officially over. “We’ll head back to the shop (Alien Race Cars) and do some maintenance on the car and get ready for the next race.” That next race appearance is still up in the air. It will either be May 11th at Skagit Speedway or May 18th at Grays Harbor Raceway.