Mark Bitner and Team Twister Motorsports recently rolled into New Egypt, New Jersey with anticipation of testing their skills against fellow wingless sprint car drivers in the Big Kahuna Series at the New Egypt Speedway. Recalling how well the car had performed during their most previous race, the crew quickly made the needed adjustments as soon as it rolled out of the trailer. That said, their confidence level was high.
Mark Bitner wins 360 class at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey
Mark Bitner's #15 410 Winged Sprint Car
Driving in the 360 class, Bitner started fourth in the heat race. After the waving of the green flag, the driver wasted no time taking the lead, and in fact, had muscled his way to the front position prior to the end of the first lap. Once taking the lead, Bitner was not challenged and took the checkered flag with time to spare.
With the heat race behind him, Mark Bitner lined up third in the feature, with even more confidence on his side. When the race was deemed underway, the driver once again took an early lead. Nearing the end of the final lap, Bitner was ahead of the second place driver by one-half the distance of the track and when the dust had settled had easily taken the checkered flag. Referring to his confidence level going into the feature, the driver said, "After the run in the heat, we were confident, and even though Joe Biasi was fast, he couldn't catch me. I wasn't challenged during the race, but Joe Biasi had a good run. If we'd had a caution, it would have been good."
When asked how his car had been running thus far in the season, Bitner explained, "The car has been running well. It's just that we haven't really concentrated on one division or track. We have been running URC 360 and running up front. We ran with the USAC Series for six races and finished 8th and 5th in two races. Running third in another race, we ran out of fuel. We ran 410 winged for a couple of races," he continued. "Which in Pennsylvania is like running with the outlaws. We are getting faster every week with that car." According to Mark Bitner, he and his team also have a street stock car that they run for pleasure. In fact, one of the crew members drives that particular car.
When asked the key to continued success throughout the remainder of the season, Bitner said, "Keep good preparation in the shop and concentrate on set-ups." Referring to his team he stressed, "My team is key. With this many cars running at different places every week, you need a top of the line crew. Dedication is what they're all about. I could not do it without them."
Understanding the importance of preventive maintenance, Mark Bitner and his crew stay on top of keeping their race cars in optimal running conditions. Referring to keeping the internal parts of the engines clean and well lubed, the driver said, "We use all of the K&N products available on the race car and the hauler. We also sell their products at our shop. I've been using K&N products my entire racing career (22 years), in a lot of different divisions. They're the best out there, period."
When asked to share his thoughts about their hopes for the remainder of the 2011 season, Bitner said, "We're confident. We've got a good roll going and are looking to pick up some more wins." Referring to his most anticipated upcoming events, the driver continued, "We're looking forward to Thunder on the Hill, a URC race at Grandview Speedway at Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania. We have won it a couple of times before."
In closing, Mark Bitner said, "I would just like to thank K&N for the many years of support. That means a lot to a local racer like me. Also, thanks to the sponsors, Bitner Automotive, Haines Towing, John Benko, Pensoil, Fuel Clothing, Simpson, Keizer Wheels, Auto Meter, Manly, Wilwood, Total Seal Rings, Powtech, Rico's Autobody, Rusty Star Ranch, Diamond Pistons, and Wings Unlimited. And thanks to my crew. They are the best!
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