4 WINS & 2 HAGERSTOWN “OCTOBERFEST” QUALIFIERS END 2005 SEASON FOR ANDY PRIEST; NEW MAXIM SPRINT CAR FOR 2006; PRIESTRACING.COM UPDATED
By Mike Leone
New Castle, PA - November 29, 2005 - Coming off a stellar 2004 season, which included his first DIRT Modified Championship at Tri-City Speedway and a runner-up at Mercer Raceway Park, the 2005 season wasn’t what Andy Priest had hoped for. Engine woes and mechanical failures plagued Priest from the get go and the dark cloud seemingly wouldn’t leave all season long.
Despite the down year, the 39-year-old New Castle, Pennsylvania resident was able to collect four feature wins upping his career win total to an impressive 99 at 10 different tracks and amongst four different divisions. Priest won the prestigious “Kodiak” Graham Memorial at Tri- City Speedway earning over $2,000 for his second DIRT Modified win at the Venango County oval during 2005. Other wins included Thunder Mountain Speedway in the first ever appearance by the Big-Block Modifieds as he topped a 37-car field and Sharon Speedway in the Green Flag Sprint Car division.
The 2005 season came to close for Priest at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway in the
running of the 18th annual “Octoberfest 350” October 29-30. Priest put the
Ted Hull-owned, Emig Racing #41 solidly into the 100-lap Big- Block Modified
feature after a third place heat race finish; however, handling woes sidelined
him from the finish of the $10,000 to-win feature and was credited with 23rd.
On the Sprint Car side, Priest fought off engine woes all weekend long in his
McElwain Motors #21N, but was able to qualify for the feature and finished the
50-lap $10,000 to-
Recently, Priest purchased a new Maxim Sprint Car along with one of Scott Bonnell’s J&J cars to go along with his Eagle car that he campaigned late this past season. Also, Priest acquired Bob Felmlee’s enclosed trailer.
Priest will collect his BRP Modified Tour hardware this Saturday, December 3 at the Rocky Grove Fire Hall for finishing fifth in points in the Ted Hull #41.
To stay up to date with the latest news on Sprint Car and Modified racer Andy Priest, be sure to visit his website at www.priestracing,com. A new Update section with a blog of Andy’s latest happenings including his Hagerstown adventure has been added to the page. A listing of Andy’s 99 career wins is posted on the Driver section.
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