Wolfpack Racing Report – Credit Karma Money 250 – Saturday July 10th, 2021
Saturday, July 10th, 2021
Race 18 of 33: Credit Karma Money 250
Track Specs: 1.5 Mile Tri-Oval
Race Winner: Kyle Bush
Weatherman’s Finish: 32nd
Returning to Atlanta for the #47 Axe Crossbows Chevrolet was a shot at redemption from a not-so-stellar performance in March. Kyle would start the Credit Karma Money 250 in 38th and quickly show the Axe Crossbow team was prepared, moving up through the field.
Stage One Finish: 25th
At the drop of the green flag, Weatherman showed speed early, maneuvering the #47 Axe Crossbows Chevrolet up to 21st. Weatherman would stay out during the competition caution at lap 22 and would restart 14th after pit cycles. Weatherman would pick up a tight condition and drop back to a 25th place finish to end stage one.
Stage Two Finish: 24th
After a slow pitstop at the end of stage one, the #47 Axe Crossbows Camaro would start 32nd. Weatherman would again show speed on the restart bringing the #47 up to 22nd place. He settled into a rhythm picking off several more drivers before a late caution in stage two brought on another round of pit stops with several teams coming in for tires. Weatherman would stay out to manage tires for the remainder of the race. After restarting 13th Weatherman would quickly succumb to fresher tires and finish with at 24th place, stage 2 finish.
Final Stage Finish: 32nd
Weatherman would come in for service by the Axe Crossbows pit crew and come out to restart the 3rd and final stage. Upon the restart, Weatherman once again showed good speed picking his way through the field settling into 17th place. Weatherman maintained his position throughout the majority of the third stage fighting off would-be aggressors. A single-car spin would bring out the caution on lap 148 triggering a late-race round of pitstops for fresh tires. Weatherman and the Axe Crossbows team would decide to stay out. Not only for track position, but because they didn’t have any tires remaining for the final 8 lap run to the finish.
Weatherman would restart 1st and chose the outside lane. He would get a good jump on the restart but the mechanical gremlins that have plagued the Mike Harmon Racing team this year would rear their ugly heads again. As Weatherman shifted from 2nd gear to third, the shifter would hang up between gears and the car would stay stuck in second causing the #47 Axe Crossbows Chevrolet to fall rapidly through the field as Weatherman tried to maneuver the car out of the way of the other competitors. Unfortunately, #68 caught Weatherman’s right rear, shooting him up the track in front of #20, collecting both cars.
Weatherman would retire the #47 Axe Crossbows Chevrolet still stuck in 2nd gear.
“First, I would like to apologize to the #20 team. We fired off fine and when I went to 3rd, it just stayed in second gear. At that point, I knew we were in trouble and was just trying to get out of the way but unfortunately collected the #20 in the process. We just keep having these mechanical issues that are taking good days and throwing them out of the window. We will continue to work on the cars and get these issues figured out.” – Kyle Weatherman.