Practice Crash Derails Lemke’s Late Model Debut

(Photo: Glenn Starek Photography)

Adam Lemke, the young California driver, will have to wait a week to get his first taste of competition with the JR Motorsports Late Model team. He was involved in a crash during practice on Friday and the damage was such that he was only able to complete one lap on Saturday before pulling into the pit area.

Lemke’s weekend was over before it got started. During Friday’s practice session, the young Californian was on track when it began to rain. The No. 74 of Ronald Hill spun in front of him and Lemke had no place to go. The damage was severe enough to eliminate him from further competition, but team manager Bryan Shaffer elected to use one of his provisional starts. Lemke started the race shotgun on the field, made one lap for points and put the No. 98 Slick Products/JR Motorsports Chevrolet on the trailer.

Next up for the JR Motorsports team is this coming Saturday, when Lemke will make his first appearance at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event.

Adam Lemke, driver No. 98 Slick Products/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“Even though we knew our weekend was done, I still found positives and I did everything I could to gain as much information as I could. We went to the track Saturday and I watched all day to prepare myself for the next race. My next race won’t be a points race, so to be able to go into that event and start from scratch will be nice.”