19 Jun New Track, New Test For Dominique Van Wieringen As Salem Speedway Awaits On Her 18th Birthday
Historic Southern Indiana High-Banks The Biggest Track To Date For The Soon To Be High School Graduate
Corunna, Michigan (Wednesday, June 19, 2013): Salem Speedway, located north of Louisville, Kentucky in Salem, Indiana is a fast 0.555 mile high-banked paved oval that is one of the fastest race tracks in the country. An intimidating place in the mold of Winchester Speedway, the Southern Indiana speed plant will host the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance for the first time on Saturday, June 22nd for the Touchtone Energy 100 Presented by Focus Eyewear & JEGS.com.
For 17-year-old Dominique Van Wieringen and her DuroByte Motorsports Team, it’s just another race track they’ve never been too before as the Amherstburg, Ontario teenager continues her quest for the 2013 Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year title. What makes this race so special is that she’ll celebrate her 18th birthday in Southern Indiana and in addition and prior to the event, she will be right in the middle of final exams having written her French exam on Thursday and her calculus on Friday before she leaves for the track. On Monday she writes her last exam, chemistry.
In addition, on Thursday she officially will graduate from high school on the honor roll and will in turn shift focus to the track and she knows that Salem isn’t like anything she’s ever seen before as the bumpy high-banks have the potential to separate the contenders from the others heading into a three-week break in the JEGS/CRA Schedule.
“Heading to Salem this upcoming weekend will be one of the tougher races. Having only the day of the race to practice. But I know the team will work together and we’ll have a good car and I will have the track figured out before too long.” Van Wieringen stated. “I have heard many things about Salem, but I’m going in with open mind and can’t wait to drive a new track again.” She added.
Heading into Salem, she is fourth in the freshman title chase, only 25 points out of the rookie lead while also sitting 11th overall in the season long points chase, just nine points out of the coveted top 10. In her last race, the Berlin 100 Presented by Boyne Machine Company & JEGS.com at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan on June 14th, Van Wieringen qualified 10th quick in her first ever appearance at the tricky 7/16s (0.437) mile semi-banked paved oval over the 32-car field. What made the effort more rewarding was the fact that the team had to bring a different car to Berlin after a Practice crash in the race before at Dixie.
“I have to give the team a big thanks for all of the work they put this last week into putting the new car together in a short amount of time.” The appreciative Canadian teenager continued. “I had an open mind when going to Berlin, but I was excited. Practice was tough, but the team worked to get the car handling and time on the race track. I was surprised myself at our qualifying position, I really just wanted to make the show.” She laughed.
Once the race started, Van Wieringen had to avoid a few mishaps not of her own doing; “The race started out good but when another car spun in front of me, I nailed the brakes to try to minimize as much damage as possible. The rest of the race was quite a handful as the car’s handling was gone with the new nose aerodynamics.” She explained. “The whole team was happy to finish the race and to run more laps on Berlin.” She ended.
For the rest of the 2013 racing season, Van Wieringen’s Black #5 Template Bodied Ford Fusion as well as her White #95 Outlaw Super Late Model, which she hopes to climb behind the wheel of soon thanks to the break in the JEGS/CRA Schedule, and her brother Tristan Van Wieringen’s Black #81 open-wheeled Modified will all carry sponsorship stickers on the side of the each machine from primary sponsor: DuroByte Incorporated as well as Nalett Trucking, R-R Salvage, Mert’s Specialty Meats and M.P.H. Promotions
To find out more about Dominique Van Wieringen and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities for the remainder of the 2013 racing season, visit the newly revamped and still a work in progress website located at: www.dominiqueracing.com You can also follow her on the teams’ Facebook Fan Page by going to: www.facebook.com/dominiqueracing