STORY BLUE CORD MEDIA: LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY : Saturday night was the Opening Night for Small Block Modifieds at Lebanon Valley Speedway, so Mike Keeler was only going to be awarded show up points for his Montananari Fuel #55 Big Block Modified, as there was a Super DIRT Car series event also being held Saturday night.
What started out as a warm spring day, quickly became a very brisk spring evening at the Valley of Speed, and the Mike Keeler Motorsports team worked hard all evening getting their Teo Pro Car to where they want it to be for the 2017 season .
Mike looked good in hot laps and carried that into his qualifying heat race finishing 4th. The heat race was won by eventual feature event winner Steve Hough.
" I was pleased with the performance of the car in the heat race and hot laps, but the track threw us a curveball for the feature." Keeler said.
When the feature began the ground pounding big blocks were all battling a tricky racing surface, all doing what they could to gain and keep whatever ground they could as the race progressed.
Mike was surprised by how much the track had blackened over during the feature. " I tried running different lines through the turns but we should have tightned the car more" Keeler said.
The Mike Keeler Motorsports team didn't have the night they hoped for with the 13th place finish, but definilty found some positives to take away from the evening's race.
"Now that we have our oil issues and brakes fixed it is time for us to go to work building a notebook of what works and what has not worked so we can be better prepared for a night like last night." Mike said.
Mike and the Mike Keeler Motorsports team will be back in action Saturday May 6th at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
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