(OREGON, Wis. - August 28, 2012) - The 200-lap, 100-mile Herr's Live Life with Flavor at Madison International Speedway showed a love-hate relationship for Carter 2 Motorsports. Drivers Darren Hagen and Dominick Casola both entered the track for the first time and earned quite the learning experience.
Hagen, driving the No. 04 Dodge, started the race in 17th position but didn’t stay there long. He consistently gained positions on the one grove track and was eyeing the top ten by the halfway point. Unfortunately the fast car couldn’t overcome brake issues that occurred shortly after lap 100. The wheel man hung on to the car for the remainder of the race bringing the Dodge home in a hard fought 16th place finish.
“We were pretty fast until we lost our brakes,” said Hagen, driving a C2M car for the third time this season. “About 10 laps after passing the 9 car we lost our brakes and then I half spun shortly after, which was disappointing because overall we had a pretty good car.”
Casola faced similar issues as he tried to overcome the 22nd place starting position in the No. 40 Dodge. From the drop of the green flag, the 25-year-old worked his way up to the top 20 where he would consistently run for majority of the race. A spin late in the race dampened their shot at a top-15, but when the green-white-checkered flag waved Casola rebounded with a solid 19th place finish respectively.
“I was looking forward to the race especially since I’ve never been there,” said Casola. “We ran decent but had some tire issues and got spun out during the event, but on a plus we still finished without any damage.”
Both drivers are returning with C2M for next weeks race at DuQuoin, Ill. The Southern Illinois 100 present by Federated Car Care is the second dirt race of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
A special thanks to team sponsorsR.J. Nash Construction, Kentucky Building, Racedaysponsors.com, Gunk and Liquid Wrench, Savetheusconstitution.org, irstaxsurvivor.com for the continued support.
Save the US Constitution was formed by Carter 2 Motorsports, C2M, owner Roger Carter and season one winner of Survivor Richard Hatch to bring awareness to the amendments and overall restoration of our United States Constitution. To help spread the word, Racing to Save America will appear on the No. 40 Dodge driven by Carter in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. For more information and to donate to the cause visit www.savetheusconstitution.org.