The first race of the year for RPI Racing, the BITD Parker 425 was the beginning of a new era for us, as Casey Jefferies had decided to “retire” from preparing race cars and move to Texas. We enlisted Brian Thomasson as our new crew chief for the #1568 Class 1 car, and Gary Seagroves of Fast Iron Fabrication as the crew chief and prep facility for the class 10. We also did a re-design on the body of the class 1 car, as well as a graphics update.
Shelby Reid and Louis Chamberland qualified 31st out of 74 vehicles, 29 seconds behind the first class 1500 qualifier, Robby Gordon. Louis and Dean Horne started the race and had a fairly clean run through Midway on the first lap. Somewhere between Midway and Main, a brake bleed screw backed out, causing a loss of fluid, and loss of brakes. Louis struggled into Main, where the problem was found, and after somewhere around 15 minutes of re bleeding the brake system, they were off with the Baer brakes again working perfectly. No more problems on lap 2 to Midway where Shelby Reid and her new co-driver, George Jimenez got in and left the pits just behind Justin Davis physically. Shelby motored around with no problems, and finished 7th in class 1500, and 14th overall.
Cody Reid and Juan Garcia started the Parker 425 16th out of 38 class 10 cars. By mile 22, Cody had moved up to 9th on the road. Then passing another car in class, Cody was ran into during the pass causing a flat. This dropped them to 25th on the road. Cody and Juan soldiered on, methodically picking up positions, until handing the car to Daniel Folts at Midway, with Juan staying in for the duration. Daniel and Juan then proceeded to have a flawless remainder of the race, and bring the car home in 4th place.
A huge thank you to K&N, Lucas Oil, Baer Brakes, RPI, Toyo Tires, Dave Folts Trans, MSD Performance, SignPros, CBM Motorsports, Fiber Care, and everyone that helps us at the races. We could not do it without all of your support.