BAKERSFIELD, California -- Doug McComb, the reigning champion of the annual Mesa Marin NASCAR Late Model October Classic met with grief Saturday afternoon during his qualifying race for tomorrow's feature event, the "RacingWest 125". However, as the former champion, he will start the $21,000 event, although at the rear of the field.
McComb qualified 7th during time trials which put him near the front in the first of two qualifying races which determined the starting order for tomorrow's feature event. On lap 25, he was running third, when a caution came out. According to McComb. "I didn't see the flag, but the spotter for the car in front of me apparently hollered caution, and he jumped all over his brakes. I tried to back the thing down, but I got under the back of him, almost got airborne, and messed up the car pretty bad."
As he sat outside the Victory Circle Chassis shops Saturday night, he maintained high hopes for tomorrow's race. "We'll get this thing fixed. My Victory Circle Chassis/Pick-A-Part/ Finish Line Motorsports Dodge was a rocket-ship today and I know my crew and those folks at Victory Circle will get it back together."
As for tomorrow's race, McComb said. "It's a 125 lap race and even though I have to start at the rear, I'm going to take my time for awhile, and then for the last fifty laps or so, if my patience pays off, it'll be gitty-up and go".