Inside Line Promotions – KILGORE, Texas (Oct. 13, 2015) – Brandon Hanks was a little more than a lap away from registering a top-five finish during his debut at Lonestar Speedway last Saturday.
Unfortunately, Hanks and the David Smith Racing team were derailed by a blow tire coming to the white flag during the ASCS Red River Region event.
“I thought I saw something come across the race track, but I didn’t think anything of it until the tire blew out,” he said. “I was happy with how we were doing and then it was undone.”
Hanks had kicked off the night by maneuvering from sixth to third place during a heat race. That earned him a spot in the feature redraw, where Hanks pulled the No. 3 during the random draw to start the main event on the inside of the second row.
“We were really fast in the heat and that put us in the redraw,” he said. “Then we actually drew good for a change. We did the same thing with the setup we did at Timberline (the week before) and I really liked it. I’m really comfortable with it. I felt pretty good going into the main event.”
Hanks lost several positions on the opening lap of the feature before he rebounded.
“I had a bad start,” he said. “When we started we were four wide at the flag stand. That jacked us all up. I was probably eighth after that start. We got back up to fifth. The track started rubbering up about 10 laps in and it was really hard to pass. Everybody was fighting for the same territory.”
Hanks had cracked the top five when the tire issue forced him to a stop on the final lap. He was credited with a 13th-place result.
“It wasn’t wore out,” he said. “It popped because we ran over something. There was a big hole in the sidewall of the tire.”
Hanks will return to action this Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the 42nd annual Winter Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
QUICK RESULTS –
Oct. 10 – Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas – Heat race: 3 (6); Feature: 13 (3).
SEASON STATS –
36 races, 0 wins, 9 top fives, 17 top 10s, 22 top 15s, 26 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the 42nd annual Winter Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
MEDIA LINKS –
LIVE COVERAGE –
To keep up to speed with Hanks at every Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event, visit http://www.RacinBoys.com for free, live audio. Additionally, RacinBoys will provide live Pay-Per-View video at select races.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – D&B Farms
Located in Burlison, Tenn., D&B Farms is a corn and beans farm owned by the Hanks family.
“It’s a family business so I need to thank my dad, Ricky Huffman and Jason Honeycutt,” Hanks said. “We all work on the farm together. Without them not only would we not be able to race, but we couldn’t make a living.”
Hanks would also like to thank David Smith Racing, Howard’s Auto Plus, Performance Powder Coating, Wesmar Racing Engines, Walls Paint and Body Shop, R.E. Enterprises, Penske Racing Shocks, Acme Graphix, Hinchman Racewear, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and J-R1 for their continued support.