Jake Finishes 4th in Wally Pankratz's #8 Focus Midget

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August 22, 2009 Orange Show Speedway
    Last Saturday was a race for the Ford Focus Midgets at Orange Show Speedway. Since the engine was being rebuilt for the #88 car, I wasn't going to be able to race this race, until about a week before the race, Wally Pankratz called me, asking if I wanted to race his car. I was thrilled to not only be able to race, but to drive for Wally.
    Wally had two cars, both are combo cars. One was being drivin by Randy Pankratz, Wally's daughter whom I race with in the USAC Midget series. I was going to be driving his other car, the yellow #8. The last time I drove this car, was over 2 and a half years ago. This was the first Ford Focus I had ever drivin. So it was definently pretty cool to jump back in the car that it all started in.
   I basically had just two practice sessions to figure the car out. The first practice I was 9th fastest out of 13 or 14 cars. The car was just a little bit tight, so we played with the brake bias a little to take away some front brake. The second and final practice we got it down to 6th quick, and was the fastest combo car so far. I was hoping to stay 6th fastest for qualifing, because that would put me starting on the pole for the main. I was so close to doing this, but ended up qualifing 7th, just a few hundreths off of 6th quick. It was kind of a bummer because it was going to be much more difficult to try to make my way to the front, especially at this track because of how hard to pass and narrow it is. There was no heat races, so where I qualified, is where I would start.
    After I a few ajustments before the main, I thought we would be good to go. Right from the start, #91 of Brody Roa and I had one of the most fun battles I have had on pavement. There were a couple wrecks in front of us that we had to dodge, but we had a great battle all the way to the end. I ended up 4th. I was very happy with this run considering all the pavement specialty cars that we beat. It was deffinently a fun race and it all would not have been possible if it wasn't for Wally. So a huge thanks to him for giving me this opportunity. It was a total blast. Also, thanks to all my sponsors; The Schankerman Family, Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil, Orange County Tank Testing, K&N Filters, Mothers Polish, Oakley, One Day Signs and Socal Performance. My next race is this weekend in the #05 USAC Midget at Bakersfield Raceway. I have been looking foward to this race for awhile now. Hope to see you there!
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