Podium Finish at Eriez Rounds Out Long Weekend for Franek
By Curtis Berleue | Davie Franek competed in another three-race weekened across two states this week, starting almost as far north as one can race in New York, and then traveling to the far west side of Pennsylvania for two consecutive nights.
Friday night, Franek and crew competed at Can-Am Motorsports Park in LaFargeville, NY for the second time in 2019. On an extremely tacky and fast track, Franek rolled off 5th in heat number one, and came home with a 6th place finish. After finishing the dash in 4th place, Franek lined up for the feature on the outside of row 8 in the 16th starting spot. Mechanical woes on the #28f machine relegated the driver from Sussex, NJ to a 13th place finish.
After a 7 hour two from Can-Am to Mercer, PA, Franek and crew regrouped to continue their title fight with the Patriot Sprint Tour on Saturday night. Franek would line up 7th in heat race number one, and was able to move forward 3 spots for a fourth place finish. This gained him enough passing points to line up on the outside front row on the Bonnell’s Rod Shop 9-14 dash, where he would also finish. Lining up 10th, Franek was able to advance to fourth place, for his 23rd top five finish of the season.
Sunday, the Davie Franek Racing team traveled an hour up interstate 79 to compete at the Eriez Speedway in Erie, PA. Another low draw saw Franek start 8th in heat race number two, finishing third and locking himself into the top 8 redraw. Drawing a 3 and lining up on the inside of the second row for the 25 lap A-Main, Franek would start and finish third for a podium finish to round out the weekend.
This coming weekend, Franek will compete with the Empire Super Sprints at Brewerton Speedway on Friday. Saturday, Sunday and Monday are scheduled off days for DFR, and the team will be back in action on Tuesday with the URC at New Egypt Speedway.
Friday 8/9 – Can-Am Speedway (Empire Super Sprints)
Heat Race: 6 (5); Dash: 4; A-Main: 13 (16)
Saturday 8/10 – Michaels Mercer Raceway (Patriot Sprint Tour)
Heat Race: 4 (7); Dash: 2 (2); A-Main: 4 (10)
Saturday 8/11 – Eriez Speedway (Patriot Sprint Tour)
Heat Race: 3; A-Main: 3 (3)
Races: 52, Starts: 49, Wins: 8, Top 3’s: 19, Top 5’s: 25, Top 10’s: 42
Davie Franek Racing would like to thank the following partners for their support in 2019: Dave Franek Auto Sales, Rapid Tire, Escape RV, NAPA Auto Parts of Sussex, Winters Performance Products, Teo Fabrication, ESJ Graphics, Atlantic Battery Systems Inc., Rider Racing Engines, LD Shocks, Davis Powdercoating, Maxim Racing Inc., Sander Engineering and CBP Media.
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