MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2010) – Rain was the only thing that took Heinke-Baldwin Racing driver Erick Rudolph away from the race track over the holiday weekend. Although he is now two weeks into the three-week break in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule, Rudolph has not slowed down..
Scheduled to race both Friday and Saturday night, the Ransomville, N.Y., native was forced to race only Saturday due to weather at Spencer Speedway. Late afternoon showers forced officials to postpone racing to Friday, September 10. Clear skies were over the Long Sault, Ontario racetrack of Cornwall Motor Speedway. With an unlucky redraw, Rudolph worked his way from an 11th-place starting spot to finish fifth.
Although the race at Spencer Speedway was cancelled, the field did get an opportunity to practice before the rain came in. After practice, Rudolph felt confident going into the rescheduled race this weekend. “We had a good set-up at Spencer,” explained Rudolph. “We only had one practice and it was a short run. The car seemed to be right where it needed to be. I am looking forward to going there on Friday.”
Saturday found Rudolph and team across the border at Cornwall Motor Speedway. Fast out the gate Rudolph won his heat race. An unlucky redraw led to an 11th-place starting spot for the 100-lap feature event. When the green flag waved, the 18-year-old began his trek to the front.
By lap 23 of the 100-lap race, Rudolph worked his way up to the fourth position. At the halfway point, Rudolph held steady in fourth behind the leader Danny O’Brien. Lap 66 found a battle with Mario Clairto maintain fourth. By a lap-80 caution, Rudolph held on to the fourth position with Clairto in tow.
By lap 85, Clairto worked his way past Rudolph and pushed him back to fifth. When the checkered flag flew at the Canadian quarter-mile clay oval, Rudolph crossed the finish line in fifth.
“The car was really good at Cornwall,” explained Rudolph. “We didn’t make any changes the entire day, just a few minor changes with tire combinations. It was a fun day of racing up there.”
Rudolph and team will continue racing in the Northeast and Canada this weekend, starting with the rescheduled Spencer Speedway event on Friday, September 10. Saturday the team will once again travel across the border and compete at Autodrome Drummond in Quebec, Canada.
About Heinke-Baldwin Racing
Heinke-Baldwin Racing was formed in 2009 by H&H Motorsports owner Al Heinke and Tommy Baldwin Racing owner Tommy Baldwin. Both Baldwin and Heinke grew up racing in New England and saw an opportunity to work together to help young drivers pursue their dreams to race.
In 2010, the team’s freshman year, HBR is fielding the No. 98H for driver Jimmy Phelps in the Super DIRTcar Series, with sponsorship from Wave Energy Drink. They will also be fielding the No. 98 for driver Erick Rudolph in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, with additional sponsorship from Pizza Logs, Brigham Concrete and PrimeTyme Motorsports.
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