Race day started early when Bobby, mom, and same age sister left the house shortly after 7am in the pouring rain. We had to turn back around shortly after leaving to get something we forgot, then stopped for gas, and continued on to the racetrack. We drove up Hwy 52, onto I-77 and I-81, then took the final roads to the speedway. When we arrived, we registered, unpacked our chairs and cooler, and headed into the infield for a day of racing!
A day of racing is busy, but also has a lot of sit around and wait time (at least for the driver. The crew is always doing something when you have multiple cars to get out on the track!). There was a crew chief meeting, 2 rounds of practice, and a driver’s meeting before opening ceremonies. The first round of practice was Bobby’s first time out at Kingsport Speedway. He was the slowest bandolero out and that was okay because he was getting a feel for the track. During second practice, Bobby picked up over a second in time, ending up fourth fasted. Second practice was also qualifying.
In the downtime, Bobby read, drank water, and ate. We always take food with us as a way to save money and to make sure no one gets hangry! After the driver’s meeting was a brief chapel service and then it was time to get ready to race! Sister Elaina helped him get ready. You can read about Bobby’s pre-race mom moment HERE.
Here is a great race recap from a press release by the Southeast Super Trucks Series:
This class does not have a invert for the race, so Jordan kept the front row starting position, with Hunter Morgan starting on his outside. The driver’s paced the field behind the Rick Hendricks City Chevrolet Pace Truck, ready to kick the night of racing off. Hunter Jordan quickly took off into turn one when the green flag waved over the field, Jacob Maxwell went to work as he dove to the inside of the #5 of Hunter Morgan. The battle for second opened up to a four way battle as the #26 of Laquan McCoy and the #6 of Bobby Mares made it four-wide down the back stretch below Morgan (#5) and Maxwell (#3). McCoy and Maxwell backed off as they went into turn three, Mares now had the advantage as he took over second, however a little bobble reopened the door for Morgan as he took a look to the inside coming out turn four.
The battle for second went back and forth for several laps before they began to settle down. The first caution flew on lap five as the #3 of Maxwell spun around coming on to the front stretch. Hunter Jordan led the field back to the KRC Power Steering Restart Zone, ready to get the last 15 laps of the race over. This time Morgan stuck right to the rear bumper of Jordans #81, and they pulled away from the rest of the field. The white flag waved over Jordan and Morgan, as they went into turn one, they had to navigate passed a slower car. This opened the door for Morgan, as Jordan bobbled a tad bit riding right up against the inside wall, Morgan shot to the inside. They drag raced down the back straight away, neck and neck, Morgan stuck it as low as he could as they went into three and four, Hunter Morgan crossed the finish line first, and only led one lap, the final one.Southeast Super Trucks press release, May 14, 2022
Bobby was third when the caution came out. Shortly after the green flag, a brief moment of contact caused some handling issues and Bobby finished out the race in fourth. Because of the long drive home and a morning commitment for mom, after Bobby’s race was over, we packed up and headed home. Not too long after having left, however, we got a text that due to an issue during post-race inspection, the third place finisher was disqualified and Bobby’s official finish was third!! He’ll be given his trophy at the next race in Hickory, NC.
As we drove home, we listened to Bill’s NASCAR Truck Series race on MRN. You can imagine our excitement in the car when they won!! Overall, it was a great day of racing in The Mares Family.