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August 23, 2013

BOWMAN: Spencer ready for another crack at Smackdown

Big 3-day event at Kokomo Speedway swings into action.

A year ago, during the three-day Sprint Car Smackdown for the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series at the Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo’s Josh Spencer passed more cars than any other driver all weekend.

Sadly though, he failed to make the feature in any of the three feature events.

That fact is one of the motivating factors this year for the Taylor High School special education teacher.

“We have the tires mounted and the motor problems are all fixed so we’re ready to go,” said Spencer after putting the finishing touches on his race car in anticipation of tonight’s opening round. “Last year was definitely strange for us. We passed more cars than any other car but we didn’t make the feature once. That’s a testament to just how important when you qualify and how you qualify and the quality of teams that are out there to win.”

When Spencer recounts his 2013 campaign to this point, the phrase “up and down” would be an understatement.

He was leading the points battle at Gas City while running second in the title hunt at the local oval until June 16. It was on that night at Kokomo that Spencer flipped his Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery/Colescott’s Mobil 1 Express No. 66J hard in turn one, destroying his car and that, coupled with his recovery from injuries sustained in the crash, thwarted his title hopes at both tracks.

“Racing is the one sport that a person can be on top of the world one day, then have your dreams shattered a day later,” he said with a chuckle. “Looking back on that crash, it was just one of those things. Up to that point we were having a great season, but since that crash it set our motor program back trying to figure out what was wrong with it.

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