Trever Feathers Salvages Sixth Place Finish At Georgetown’s Mark Williams Memorial
Story By: A2DPR / TREVER FEATHERS RACING – GEORGETOWN, DE – Trever Feathers and the Larry Royston Racing team made the midweek jaunt to Georgetown, DE for the Mark ‘Coot’ Williams Memorial Race on Thursday, April 13th.
With only 3 races under his belt coming into the event thanks to the contributions of Mother Nature, Feathers knows the team needs to race more. It’s the only way they will get their equipment to the competitive level they need night in and night out.
Feathers has been working hard to get consistent performance out of his equipment in the early going of this season. It’s a difficult task given that dirt track racing is full of ever-changing variables from varying track surfaces to thousands of possible mechanical adjustments.
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A poor qualifying effort in Group 1 put Feathers 7th on the starting grid for the first heat race of the evening. While all cars would transfer to the A-main, only the top three finishers would make the redraw and guarantee themselves a starting spot in the first three rows of the $3,000-to-win main event.
After a disappointing time-trial run, Feathers had his work cut out for himself to get to a redraw spot. While that was goal number one, at a minimum he needed to find out if he and his team had gone the right direction with the changes they had made.
Unfortunately, Feathers didn’t achieve either goal. His heat race was cut short after contact just a couple laps into the event. Back in the pit area, adjustments had to wait until after repairs were made. The team installed a new nose on the car to make sure Feathers could make the call for the feature.
In the feature event, working from his 13th starting spot, Feathers finally got to accomplish some things. While the car was still not comfortable and didn’t have the balance he was looking for, he went the distance.
It wasn’t pretty, but Feathers brought home a 6th place finish. In the process he learned some useful things about his car.
“We weren’t great at all but the good news is tonight the car was good enough I could race it. I got to the checkered flag and I got a good feel for what the car needs to make it more consistent and to make me more comfortable.“, Feathers said. “Last week at Port Royal (Speedway) we were so far off I couldn’t do that. Some nights it’s not worth getting torn up trying to get something out of a car that it can’t give you.“
The team’s plan to compete at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, April 15th was washed out by rain.
“We’ve only got four races in with this new car and we haven’t seen two similar surfaces yet, so we are still trying to learn what it needs.“, Feathers explained. “We’ve really only run well one of those nights, so it’s not much fun so far this year.“
Feathers went on to share some insight into himself and the team.
“My car owner, Larry (Royston), doesn’t put any pressure on me. He’s quiet and lets us work through things. I put enough pressure on myself for both of us. I’m working on getting the car right and I’m working on getting myself right too.”, Feathers shared.
“When things are going well and a night starts off bad, I have to keep myself from getting in my own head. If I get frustrated and expect bad things, then I’m not focusing on the things I should be to help us improve. I’m constantly working on my decisions and habits behind the wheel too. Racing and working on this racecar are the only things that will fix our issues so we can perform at the level we know we are capable of.“
The team will return to Port Royal Speedway Saturday night, April 22nd. It is the final tune-up for the super late models at ‘The Speed Palace’ before the Lucas Oil Late Model series competes there on April 30th.