Curt Michael recently lined up against fellow sprint car drivers at the Lincoln Speedway, in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania to compete in the 360 class of the United Racing Company (URC) event. Thus far, the driver and his team had been performing well throughout the season, and in turn were situated second in the URC points. That said, a win would prove advantageous for Michael, as he had hopes of moving closer to the number one spot.
Winged Sprint Car Racer Curt Michael
Curt Michael at Lincoln Speedway, in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania
Michael was no stranger to this particular venue, as the driver experienced his first career 410 sprint car win and has previously earned multiple victories in the 360 class there as well. "Lincoln is one of my favorite tracks," explained Michael. As a result, the driver began this race with confidence on his side.
Starting 5th in his heat, Curt Michael took the lead in lap five.
Pulling away from the second place car, the driver was not challenged throughout the race and upon completing 10 laps was the victor.
Starting second in the feature, Michael bolted out and took an early lead. As he had done in his heat, Michael continued to hold the lead throughout the remainder of the 25 lap race and after gaining a substantial lead, was deemed the winner of the race at the waving of the checkered flag.
Referring to the feature win, Curt Michael said, "We were never challenged, we just had to take our time dealing with lapped traffic." When asked the key to his recent success, he continued, "My crew chief and brother, Sean Michael, made the right decisions with the car. After starting second, it was very important that we got the lead on the first lap. We were confident prior to the race, "shared the driver. "I like Lincoln Speedway a lot and knew we had a good car."
Of course, Curt Michael and his team were elated with their recent victory, but the team was also aware that there are several more challenges to come before the season's end. In fact, they are looking forward to about 15 more races in the 360 class and five more 410 races. When asked the key to continued success, Michael said, "We need to keep doing what we are doing as a team, and I think some more wins will come to us."
That said, Michael finds his team of great importance. "They play a major part in my success," he shared. "Without my car owner, Bill Gallagher, my crew chief (Sean Michael), I would not be able to put such a good car on the track. I can't win races if the car does not finish, and Sean does a great job maintaining the car, he explained."
"The car has been great all year," he ensured, "but we've had some unexpected motor problems that we're doing a good job fighting through."
Referring to keeping the car running properly, he continued, "It all starts at the shop. If you bring a car to the races well-maintained, it makes it easier for everyone to do their job on race night."
That said, Curt Michael understands the importance of using the best filters on the market. "I've been proudly using K&N Filters for many years. We use the Carbon Fiber Air Box, and K&N air filter oil. We also use the air filter cleaner. I'm proud to be associated with such a great company and great products," explained Michael. "They have helped me win many of my record 7 United Racing Company Championships."
In closing, Curt Michael said, "I want to thank everyone associated with our team, and the fans, who make it possible for us to have races to run. I look forward to meeting everyone at the races."
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