FORT WORTH, Texas -- Leilani Münter had a very impressive run at Texas Motor Speedway today. She started in the 5th position, ran as high as 3rd, and finished 4th in the Konica Minolta 100.
Leilani and the 03 car of Matt Merrell raced door to door for several laps, swapping positions repeatedly. Then the two drivers found themselves in lap traffic.
"I had a problem with some lap cars that were much slower than me and they made it very difficult for me to pass," said Münter, "I felt that the professional thing to do when a much faster car comes up from behind is to give way and they didn't do that. It is a courtesy that I was not offered today. Because of that I lost the lead draft and then I was on my own with no chance to run down the three cars in front of me. I was upset about that because I was running with the 03 (Merrell) up until that point and he finished 2nd. Overall I had a great race and came home with the car in one piece and a top five finish, so I am very happy."
"I want to thank Thad Felton, Doug Lege, John King, Deon Deneau, Butch Miller, Craig Davidson, Sterling Pratz, Michael Crofford, Jerry Young, Jason Young, Dennis Lege, Sherri Lege, Shelly Felton, Brandon Carswell, and Ken Smith. Without these talented guys behind me, I wouldn't have been able to show what I can do when I have a great race car under me."
"One of the most special moments was after I took the checkered flag, the safety crew and officials were along the inside wall as I was coming in to pit road," said an emotional Münter, "They were waving to me and giving me thumbs up and it meant so much to me to see how many people were pulling for me out there. It was really special. This is a day I will never forget."