Orange County Late Model Recap: Adam Lemke

(Photos: Pit Row Media/Andy Newsome)

Start: 15th
Finish: 13th

ROUGEMONT, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2019) – JR Motorsports’ Late Model rookie driver Adam Lemke was battling in the top five at the end of the event, only to get turned at the beginning of the final lap Saturday at Orange County Speedway, eventually finishing 13th.

Lemke started 15th in his No. 98 Chevrolet and missed the chaos in Turns 3 and 4 after Berry’s mechanical failure, ending up sixth when the track was cleared. On the restart, the young Californian rolled to fourth place and rode there until a caution flag waved at lap 30. Restarting directly behind the leader, Lemke fired off well and nearly had the inside line cleared heading to Turn 3 when he got tapped from behind. That loosened him up and he lost three spots in the scuffle.

A long green-flag run ensued, and Lemke was gaining on the top five when a competition caution flag waved to regroup the field. On the subsequent restart, Lemke took fifth place with Brandon Pierce in tow, and the two battled over the remaining laps, swapping the position back and forth. When the white flag waved, Pierce nudged Lemke into a spin in Turn 1 and he finished 13th.

Next action for the JR Motorsports Late Model team is Aug. 31 at Hickory Motor Speedway, where Lemke and JRM alum Sam Mayer will contest the annual Bobby Isaac Memorial on the .363-mile oval.

Adam Lemke, driver No. 98 Off-Axis Paint/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“All in all I think the team and I had a great weekend here at Orange County Speedway. We had a great car tonight in the race but it didn’t end in our favor. Because it was a pretty short race tonight I think everyone was more aggressive than usual, which I figured would happen. I think we had a top-three car but I just couldn’t put myself in position to get there. After the last caution I got into fifth and didn’t have enough time to catch the cars in front of me with only five laps to go and I got to racing with the 2 car (Brandon Pierce) pretty hard. It was probably a little too aggressive because we were only racing for fifth but it was all good hard racing until he spun me on the last lap going into Turn 1. I think we had a good weekend except for our finish which we had no control of for the situation that we were in. I can’t wait for South Boston!”