Virginia International Raceway, Virginia
For 2005 the race at VIR was originally taken off the schedule. Luckily a promoter stepped in and smoothed out the differences and the date was added back to the schedule. I arrived at VIR on Wednesday evening in order to prepare for the Thursday promoter practice. By Thursday morning I was all set up and ready for practice. The practice day went pretty smooth and managed to get in quite a lot of riding. However since I was alone I did not get much setup or tuning of the bike accomplished.
Friday morning brought the AMA practice, and the afternoon was the initial qualifier. By the end of the qualifying session I was somewhere around 21st on the grid, with one more attempt to better my position. Saturday morning the qualifying session was not as productive as I had hoped; I could only manage to match my time from the day before but could not better it.
Saturday afternoon was race one. When the green flag flew we were off and racing. By lap 5 I was in 17th position. Shortly after that they threw a red flag. I came into the pits and changed the rear tire. They made a new grid and I was off again. On approximately lap 25 there was another red flag. That put me in a pretty bad situation, I was currently 12th on the track but had no more tires to mount. Back in the pit again we swapped on the rear tire we had started with and were forced to run the same front. Unfortunately all the others we were competing with installed a new set of tires. Shortly after that I was off again. I had a pretty good start and about 4 laps in the front started to push pretty good and was only able to do the same lap times that I was doing before the red flag and everyone around me was able to run the times I was doing in the beginning. I held on for a 16th place finish.
Sunday's race was without a red flag - I had figured this would work out better for me, in the end the result was the same. I didn’t manage a good start and was unable to pull off my usual fast open laps. I was forced to work forward one person at a time and was wearing out my tires quickly. I was able to work up to another 16th place finish. Two 16th places moved me into 13th overall just 2 points ahead of Eric Wood and 19 points behind Larry Pegram.
Off to Road Atlanta for the finale!!!!!!