STORY BY Souza Media
LOUDON, N.H. — With a right-rear tire blistered and coming apart, Bryan Kruczek still was able to wheel the No. 19 Vynorius Piledriving Late Model to a third-place finish on Saturday in the American-Canadian Tour Full Throttle 75 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Kruczek started just outside the top-10, per the ACT plus/minus system and worked his way into the top-five by lap 12, and ended up in the top-three by lap 25. At lap 34, Kruczek took the lead for the first time and led eight laps, before settling for second and third, for much of the remainder. A late caution gave Kruczek the chance he was looking for — lining him up to the outside of leader Wayne Helliwell Jr. — and he was able to edge ahead for a second.
But it was Helliwell who would pick up the win, while Kruczek started to feel his right-rear tire come apart. He was able to wheel the car around the ‘Magic Mile’ for the final two laps and salvage a solid third-place finish for his Bobby Webber Jr. Racing team.
“Can’t complain with a podium finish at Loudon,” Kruczek said. “The mid-race the car was really good, I thought it would loosen up as the race went on, but the second set of tires we were just tight.”
Kruczek picked up the victory in his eight-lap qualifying heat race on Friday and was strong in practice. He backed it up with a podium finish on the big stage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the race.
The next American Canadian Tour points race for Kruczek and Bobby Webber Racing will be on Saturday, October 17, the final ACT race of the season at Oxford Plains Speedway.
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