Upshaw Adams Racing development driver overhauled the field in his first USLMA Late Model Tour race at Tucson Raceway Park.
Cody Cambensy finished in the top five placing 5th at the checkered flag. Cody received Rookie of the Race and the Hard Charger award picking up 18 spots by the end of the night! “Great weekend, the guys at JPU did a great job and my guys from the sprint car team did a great job prepping the new Good Year Tires” said Cambensy.
This would mark Cody’s second race in a late model and first with JPU Racing. With the announcement of Upshaw Adams Racing joining forces with JPU Racing to help develop the young Cody Cambensy they were hard at work preparing a third car for the team.
The car Cambensy would be running is the same car Ron Hornaday and Geoff Bodine both drove last season for JPU. With many hours at the shop from Ron Norman and his team the car was ready to hit the track.
Practice started off a little rough with Cody still getting a feel for the new car. After a few practice sessions, Cambensy started posting some good times. After practice it was time for Cody’s team to get ready for qualifying. Putting on the new Goodyear tires and cleaning the car up with Wax Daddy’s Formula 113 BeadX, the team was confident they would make a good run for the pole.
During qualifying, the team would come up short with Cambensy pushing up the track loosing a few tenths placing him in the 15th position. Although Cody qualified 15th, he would start from the 23rd starting position due to his rookie status.
As the race went on, Cambensy knew he would have to save his tires for the long runs. By lap 50 Cody broke into the top ten showing his smooth and aggressive racing style. With just 20 laps to go Cody was fighting for the 5th spot.
Cody’s open wheel dirt experience would help him muscle his car on greasy old tires sliding it through the turns like a dirt car. While everyone else would struggle, Cambensy would excel taking the number 19 JPU Racing Upshaw Adams Racing late model to its first top 5 run in its first start.
“I really need to thank Ron Norman and Scott Rueschenberg for all the help and support and also all of the guys at the shop for there hard work and late hours. I also need to thank all my guys for stepping up their game when we needed it… they gave me a great car for the race! I’m very happy with the run we had… coming from the 23rd starting spot to finish where we did wasn’t very easy with the stiff competition from the USLMA racing series” said the hard charging Cody Cambensy.
Upshaw Adams Racing, JPU, and Cody Cambensy would like to thank Desert Mountain Medical, Elite Care, Arrow Tech GPS, Wholesale Litho, Simmons Drive Line, Desert Valley Landscaping, Formula 113, Movieplacement.com, Tucson Window and Door, and Unbroken Designs.