- Last Updated on 06:17 AM 06/28/13
- BY Doug Ford
A normally upbeat Austin Thaxton admits to being disappointed in his results so far this season in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway.
Thaxton, currently fifth in the points standings, 10 points behind four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris, is looking to rebound in the Dr. & Mrs. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology Presents The Sellers Construction 200.
“It’s kind of been an up and down year,” Thaxton admitted.
“We started the year off pretty strong, and I felt like we were going to have a pretty good year, but so far it’s been far from a good year.”
Thaxton can’t pinpoint the exact reason for his slump.
“I don’t really know what its been. I can’t catch a break it looks like.
“It’s a combination of everything, I think,” he continued.
“The tires are changing so much, and we’re trying our best, but haven’t found something that works for these tires. Maybe we can do something for the Fourth of July race, because we definitely need to be better than where we are.”
That race is the biggest race South Boston Speedway has, according to Thaxton.
“Usually, it draws some more cars, so we’ll be able to run the whole 200 laps and maybe get a win at the end of it,” he remarked.
Thaxton knows a driver has to be patient and save his equipment to make a solid run at the end of a 200-lapper.
“You have to take really good care of your tires,” said Thaxton.
“An extra 50 laps does not sound like a lot, but instead of running wide open and slinging the car into the corner you have to be really easy on the tires and really easy with the car. If you don’t qualify good, you have to be patient and stay out of the messes.”
It’s very hard to be patient, considering what’s been happening to him his season, a frustrated Thaxton said.
“My team is working its tail off, and I’m trying to do the best I can in the seat, but it looks like nothing’s been coming together,” Thaxton said.
“I know I have a good crew behind me, and hopefully we can get a win pretty quick.”
A win in the big race Wednesday night would be very motivating for everybody on his team, Thaxton pointed out.
“They’re frustrated just like I am with the season we’re having, and I think if we can run good, just a podium finish would be just great,” he said.
“I think that would really show we are a good team, and we can capitalize on it. It’s been a bad year so far, and hopefully it will turn around pretty quick.”