11/03/12 - Team AJ caps off successful season

This past Saturday team AJ would hit the asphalt one final time at the US international raceway in shawano WI. With only one week since the last time team AJ was here would mean they were ready to once again tackle the tricky 1/5th mile track. Hot laps would once again show that the tracks tight turn 4 would be where the race was won or lost. With the first 2 sessions going flawless the team was able to get out for one more session which was key as a gear issue would end the session early. The team was able to push the car back to the trailer and with the help of the entire team fix the problem before the first heat. The first heat would have AJ lined up outside row one. As the green flew AJ was able to hold her position for most of the race slipping back a few car lengths from the leader but able to hold on to a solid 2nd place finish. With only a few minutes between heats the team was unable to change anything on the car before they had to push back to staging. Heat 2 would have AJ lined up mid pack on the inside. Off the start the outside seemed to get a better jump causing AJ to complete the first lap in 4th place. AJ would work the next 7 laps trying to make a pass on 3rd but was unable to make a pass as the checkered flew. The feature would show a similar lineup as the first heat with AJ starting outside row 1. Early off in the 12 lap race AJ would find herself in a tight battle with the 2nd place driver. AJ would eventually lose the position but would keep close pace to the 2nd place car. With 2 laps to go any hope of attempting a pass was stopped as AJ would catch lapped traffic and would have to settle for a 3rd place finish. Once again the team left the track feeling they had improved more since last week and look forward to the next season. Check back frequently as news for the 2013 season will be added! Team AJ wants to thank the countless hours put in the shop by the crew and the continued support from all there sponsors. While the start of the 2012 season began on the dirt in a junior sprint car the move was made to bandolero racing on asphalt late July and soon after it was clear that bandolero racing was what team AJ will set there sights on for years to come!