By: Mike Petteway, Triad Sports Coverage.com
Hickory, NC (September 2, 2012) Rev Racing’s Mackena Bell and Trey Gibson maintained their poise throughout the 150 lap Bobby Isaac Memorial Late Model race Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway and crossed the finish line in sixth and tenth place respectively.
“Everybody preached all day about being smooth and straight off the corner and let the other drivers wear their stuff out,” said Mackena. Bell drove a great race and patiently waited for her opportunity to move up. It was apparent in the final 30 laps that the #4 Toyota Camry had plenty left for the competition.
“We fell back to about 20th at one point, but is was impressive to run with so many good drivers and come out with a sixth place finish,” Bell said. Mackena also did a great job to avoid several late race wrecks. “Those late race cautions were crazy, I could see things about to happen and I guess the “female instinct” took over and I was able to back down and get around the crashes,” said Bell.
Gibson salvaged a tenth place finish after some late race incidents, not of his making. Trey ran in the top 8 and was destined for an even better finish, but racing luck wasn’t riding in his #2 Camry. “On a restart I was put in behind some lapped cars and got hung out on the top lane, I dropped from eighth the thirteenth before I was able to find my way back to the bottom,” Gibson said.
Trey had a great Toyota under him, and like Mackena, he just rode around and conserved his equipment for the first 100 or so laps. As he made his way to the front he suffered a right front flat after contact with another car coming out of turn two and his hopes of a top five were dashed. He made his way down pit road with just 15 laps to go and quickly returned to the action and fought his way from the rear of the field to a solid tenth place finish.
“It was really unfortunate that we didn’t get the finish that we should have, but we’ll come back and go at it next time,” Trey said. “My crew and the guys back at the shop gave me a great hot rod tonight,” added Gibson.
Bell and Gibson are scheduled to return to Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday night, September 8th for the 100 lap Late Model race.