Adam Lemke, coming off a fourth-place run in the last CARS Tour race at Langley, started 12th and maintained position in the early going Saturday night in CARS Tour competition at Dominion Raceway in Virginia. After earning his way into the top 10, Lemke found the handling on his No. 98 Off-Axis Paint/JR Motorsports Chevrolet leaning to the tight side.
Following a mid-race restart, Lemke had to check up for another accident on the front straightaway. He was able to miss the accident, but one of those involved in the wreck caught the left front fender of Lemke’s Chevrolet. That damage was enough to send the young driver to pit road, where the fender was fixed and the car loosened a bit. He went back out and finished the race in 11th place.
JRM teammate Josh Berry won the race with Bobby McCarty in second. Brandon Pierce, Mini Tyrrell and Layne Riggs rounded out the top-five finishers.
Next up for the combined JR Motorsports team is the CARS LMSC event at Carteret County Speedway on July 13.
Adam Lemke, driver No. 98 Off-Axis Paint/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team
“I definitely struggled tonight. We unloaded on Friday and we were fast so we just built on that. Since last race, I have been working on qualifying, which is something I have needed to improve on. I improved on that this week, so going into the race I was confident in myself. I’ve been good in the race, but qualifying always held me back a little. In the race, I struggled all night to gain position and I couldn’t really go anywhere. We got a little cosmetic damage to the car but it didn’t damage anything internally as far as I know, but I was just off tonight. It was a very disappointing night for me and I’m the only one to blame for it. I’m excited for Carteret coming up in a few weeks and we will do well there.”