The two riders to put up those impressive percentages were Les Smith and Taylor Futrell, who piloted their Hondas to 7th and 8th position overall. "My best till this point has been a 10th, so to get 7th is a huge boost for me. I have some good momentum right now and I just want to keep building on that… I believe if I can get into the top 5 and just be there if something happens, I might just see the box this season." Said Les. Following him every step of the way for what seemed like the entire race was teammate Taylor Futrell who managed to make up for a mediocre start and give Smith a run for his money. "When Taylor caught Les it got pretty interesting. They went side by side for quite a bit until finally I was ready for one to just hit the other and get it over with! At least that would have been my attitude, but they are great teammates…" said Jimmy. Taylor was happy with the result but says he “is ready for more”. “I’m excited for every week you know, I was sick a couple weeks ago and that hurt my results but the future looks bright.” Said Taylor.
A controversial feature on the Jacksonville course was the right-handed first turn into a technical rhythm section. While Tyler Bright was able to clear the dreaded first turn in his heat race, he would become collected in a crash ahead of him and head straight to the LCQ. In the LCQ, the infamous right-hander caught TB. "It was a weird section, going into it, on the outside was hard because we got pushed wide. Then the first rhythm is all about how much trust you have for the guys beside you." Said Tyler.
Tyler is now focused on Toronto and believes he will accomplish better results from here on out. In the LCQ, Ryan Zimmer would fall to the Jacksonville dirt as well when he became victim to a "last chance" style take out. "I actually got through the first turn good, but then hit the first rhythm perfect and jumped right up there. That first lap alone I shaved a second and a half off of my fastest lap of the night… I'm going to ride that way this weekend and hope for improvement." Said Ryan.
Now it is off to Canada for the JWR team and no one is more ready than Jimmy Weinert himself. "We got 2 of our guys into the main last week, and I want all 4 this week. It's a real moral booster for the team when they are able to make mains." Said Jimmy. It seems like Jimmy is still trying to get used to his role as a team manager, but the learning curve is steep, and they are not slowing down. "I have never really understood momentum, or as I like to call it confidence, but it seems we have something going here with Les and Taylor. And TB and Ryan are not far behind." Said Jimmy. As the team heads to Canada, Taylor has realized that a top ten championship is in reach for both him and Les. Despite a couple of bad finishes in previous races, Taylor and Les are going to try to capture the best possible spots in the 2011 championship.
By: PatraCompany L.L.C.
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