BAKERSFIELD, California -- Doug McComb drove what was probably one of the greatest races of his career Sunday afternoon at Mesa Marin Speedway in the NASCAR Late Model "RacingWest.com 125" during the running of the 27th annual October Classic on the half-mile oval.
Although he didn't win it, he was right there with the leaders when the checkered flag fell having come from the 29th starting position in a 30 car field. On Saturday, the 27 year old automotive products salesman qualified his Victory Circle/Pick-A-Part/Finish Line Motorsports Dodge Intrepid seventh, but during a qualifying heat race to determine the feature events starting line-up, he was involved in an accident, while running third, which caused him to have to take a former champions provisional starting spot. He won this event in 2003.
In describing his march through the field, McComb had this to say. "We had a game plan to be extra careful during the first part of the race. Keep my nose clean and not push the issue until we had to. And it worked out great. The cautions worked in our favor. Some guys raced two and three wide, a couple dropped out, and my car was just flawless from about lap thirty to seventy-five. In between that point, I'd worked my way up to about sixth. On a re-start on about lap seventy-six, I dropped a cylinder. And was I lucky. The push rods in the one hole didn't go through the motor, but just laid there on top of the heads.
So I ran the last fifty laps of that race on seven cylinders".
Actually, he said, it sort of worked to his advantage. "It sort of worked like traction control. I could really flatfoot off the corners and accelerate hard. And then at the end, the guys in front of me sort of got a little crazy and did their thing, and I wound up third. And I'd like to say that all the guys out there did a really good job today, keeping it clean, and racing with plenty of room, and I'd be more than happy to come back here and race any day of the week. And of course I've got to give all the credit in the world to the guys who worked on my car last night after the accident with about three hours of sleep. They did a magnificent job and turned the weekend into one of jubilation".