Banning Motorsports headed out to the Impact Parker 425 race with heavy hearts after the loss of Casey Folks, the founder and Leader of BITD, and also being Bryan’s dad Banning Motorsports wanted to perform well in his Honor.
It all started on Thursday night with the pit crew challenge, the 6155 was entered with the crew of Brad, Mike, Erin and Chris. We made it through the first round with a blistering speed. However in the second round the team before us had stripped out the impact socket causing our lug nut to stuck in the socket and basically take us out on the second round. The guys had performed very well to say the least and will be taking another shot at it in the upcoming Mint 400.
Lee Banning and Chris Godfrey started the Chevy LS3 powered 6155 first off the line. As they were having a great start and ahead of the pack running in 1st place at about race mile 15 a rock somehow got stuck in the throttle linkage holding it wide open. After getting the throttle situation figured out they were back on the road and put them sitting in the 3rd position. As they continue on at about race mile 139 Lee and Chris had a flat causing them to lose another position. However after the tire change they were back on the road and bringing the truck into main pit in 4th place where Steve Melton got in for the remaining two laps. Steve and Chris had a flat soon after leaving the pit but keeping a respectable pace finishing the 2nd lap still in the 7th or 8th position. Unfortunately on the 3rd lap after the pit another flat had occurred and after getting that taken care of there were no other problems on course and left them coming across the finish line in 11th place. Not what we were wanting for the first race of the season but a finish nonetheless.
Bryan Folks and Adam Warren started out in the 6188 looking to have a great race The Banning team had completely re-done the front of the truck with steering and arms, the guys were having a great race with the Ford Eco-Boost Motor coming in to main pit after the first lap in about 5th position on the course. Rick Graf and Jake Dewitt got in for the remaining 2 laps. As they were getting ready to remove the cone from the hood and get back out there it was discovered the rear axle housing had been damaged by a rock and the 6188 truck was losing oil and unfortunately was something the team could not repair. Thus drawing the race to an end for the 6188 truck.