After a near perfect weekend at Crandon, Travis Dinsmore and the Sle-Co Race Team, headed to the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for some serious short track competition. The tight confines of the red clay coliseum saw mixed results for the Canadian team, as the competition, the track, and Mother Nature all played a role in the success of the team.
When the Sle-Co hauler rolled into Charlotte, the area was in the midst of its mid-summer heat wave as daytime temperatures exceeded 100°F. Then combine it with very high humidity; the weather conditions really tested the team’s mental and physical fortitude.
During the day the heat would create dry and hard track conditions, but as the sun began to set, the track held the moisture that was scattered throughout the .8-mile long layout. Needless to say the changing track conditions really made truck set-up a real challenge.
The racetrack was a combination of high-speed straightaways, technical corners, high flying jumps, and a very long whoop section. Friday afternoon qualifying saw the Sle-Co Atturo Tire Aeromotive VP Fuels PRO-Light turn the third quickest time of the session. This put Dinsmore in the second row for the start of Round 9.
The sixteen-lap race had Dinsmore in a close battle with Kyle Hart for the final spot on the podium. The two racers swapped the position several times before Dinsmore took control of the position to stand on the podium for the third time this year.
As mentioned the changing track conditions were a real handful and Travis and the team went to work looking for the perfect track set-up for Saturday’s race.
The Round 10 event had Dinsmore lined up in the front row, and took the lead by the end of the opening lap. Early on in the race the track was quite slippery but the Atturo Tires really kept all the Pro-Power horsepower in control as Travis built up an early lead. Then on lap eight Dinsmore seem to lose some top end speed allowing four trucks to get by.
On the restart, the truck seemed to be back up to speed, but then Dinsmore got caught in the middle of a three wide sandwich heading into the infield portion of the track. The contact damaged both right side tires reducing the pace of the truck and preventing a repeat performance of Friday night.
“We had a solid start to the weekend, but Saturday night just wasn’t in the cards. Our Atturo Tires really worked well in the wet as well as the dry conditions. The work the team did in the extreme heat was incredible. It was great to see all the fans in the stands and stopping by to visit our team in the pits. The competition level, is just off the charts in PRO-Light, you have to bring your A-Game to every race, and keep that level all the way to the checkered flag. That’s what I love about TORC racing, the competition level is extreme, and practically the whole field is capable of finishing on the podium. It will be interesting at Sturgis, as the quick elevation changes and the huge jumps will take a totally different truck set-up than Charlotte as the track layout will definitely test the nerve of every driver.”