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Huge Gains & Huge Hiccups for Belanger Motorsports at Charlotte.

Concord, NC - A.J. Belanger and the Belanger Motorsports team rolled into the high banks of the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 31st-Nov. 2nd for the Driven Racing Oil World Short Track Championships with high hopes and goals. Thursday’s practice rounds would fall victim to showers and high winds as the team settled into the pit area. “It’s unfortunate that the weather got us tonight. We were really looking forward to letting Dave try some things out before we hit the track for official hot laps on Friday.” Stated the 37 year old driver out of Fayetteville N.C. in reference to their hired gun for the weekend Dave Mitchell of XXX Racing Services. Dave Mitchell a well known and very knowledgeable setup guru was hired by the team for the weekend to help shorten the learning curve on the Pierce Platinum Kevin Jones Plumbing machine that was added to the stable this year. Friday would bring an early start as the schedule would be moved up allowing for 1 round of hot laps before group qualifying would take place. A strong showing in hot laps would put the #24 BGE (Bell Groves Enterprise) sponsored machine 14 fastest out of 45 cars. The morale boost would not last long though as once group qualifying commenced a carburetor issue would cause a less than stellar attempt landing the team a 12th starting spot in their respective heat. With only 5 transferring A.J. had a lot of work to do in 6 laps in order to lock into Saturday’s Hoosier Pro Modified A-Main. Although A.J. Made a valiant effort he would come up two spots short of transferring with a 7th place finish relegating him to one of two B-Mains on Saturday. “It really sucks to have a car as good as we’ve had this weekend and be in the situation to have to fight our way back from a silly issue. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my guys and I know they will do everything they can to get this thing right for tomorrow and give it one last shot at making the show.“ said the Alfano Refinishing sponsored driver after climbing from his car. Saturday morning the crew Ed Belanger, Michael Brown, Joseph Swann, along with Dave and Danny Mitchell were back at the track making adjustments and beating out sheet metal in preparation for the B-Main. “I can’t say enough about all the sponsors, crew, family and friends that have worked so hard not only this weekend but all year long supporting me and making sure we have everything we need to come out here and race. I’m definelty surrounded by the best folks in the world and I can’t thank them enough.”says A.J. With a big task ahead the team watched as the W.G Landscaping machine made 3 great starts from the 7th starting position and even once moved up to 3rd before the caution waved moving Belanger back to fourth. With one last ditch effort A.J. Moved up on the track searching for any amount of grip he could find to make it into the last transfer spot. However the laps counted down quickly and A.J. Would settle for a 5th place finishing ending his weekend early. “He drove a helluva race. We couldn’t have asked anymore of him considering the bad luck we had. That’s just racing, sometimes it’s like that.” Stated crew member and team cook Michael “Doo Doo” Brown. A.J. Belanger and the team will be back in action November 16th at Lake View Speedway. Belanger and team would also like to thank the sponsors that make it possible to run and be competitive. Kevin Jones Plumbing Inc. BGE Bell Groves Enterprise Terry Alfano Alfano Refinishing Raynor-Bryan Construction LLC Wayne Parker's Painting & Pressure Washing Stevens Painting Green Compass CBD Oil Amanda Belanger Signs & Graphix Robbie Draughon Powertrain Development Browns Backhoe & Hauling Gen3 Performance Imaging. WG Landscaping Sandhills Trucking Team XXX Racing Services Thank you to RedClay Rebel Photography for the images. Visit them at: redclayrebel.smugmug.com #dirtmodified #dirtracing #dirtcar #dirtrackracing #openwheelmodified #racing #sponsors #racelife #dirttrack #racetrack #race #racecar #belangermotorsports #latemodel #purestock #crateracing #chevy #teamxxx #bmod   

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