Moltz Impressive in First Career ACT Start at Devil's Bowl
Posted By Tj Ingerson On June 9, 2015
PHOTO: Dillon Moltz debuted a brand new race car in his first career ACT Late Model Tour start on Saturday at Devil's Bowl Speedway and scored an impressive sixth place finish. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)
--by T.J. Ingerson (@TJIngerson)
WEST HAVEN -- Dillon Moltz put forth an impressive performance in his first career ACT Late Model Tour start on Saturday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
The Waterford, Conn., driver and reigning Granite State Pro Stock Series champion finished sixth in the 100-lap, caution-free race after he started in the 12th position. The car Moltz drove in his impressive debut was one that had not seen the trace track prior to its appearance on Saturday.
“This is literally a brand new car. We burned the brakes in during practice today,” Moltz said. “Soup to nuts, front to back, the only thing old in it was me. Everything is new and we didn't know what to expect. Though, we had a setup for here when Ricky Rolfe ran here.”
Rolfe, a former ACT Late Model Tour driver, serves as the crew chief for the Mark Brackett-owned machine. The duo secured the Granite State Pro Stock Series championship last year and won their opener at Thompson Speedway in April.
Moltz steadily climbed from his starting spot to the sixth position throughout the event. By lap 25, Moltz rode in the tenth spot while just 25 laps later, he had secured the eighth spot. He had moved into the seventh spot by lap 70 and was able to get past Emily Packard in the final 15 laps to finish sixth.
“I wanted a caution bad,” Moltz said. “We were just getting better as the run went on. We really wanted a caution at the end and get the tires cooled down and I think we would have been able to grab a couple more spots.
“I don't think I had anything for the top three, but I defintiely could have gotten Brad (Babb), or at least given him a run for his money. We're real, real happy with it.”
Moltz drew a comparison between Devil’s Bowl and another New England track and used that experience to his advantage.
“I've always ran really well at Stafford and this is the closest race track in New England to Stafford,” Moltz said. “I knew I was going to love it and I've loved being here since the time we got here.”
For Moltz, the race at Devil’s Bowl was his first time behind the wheel of a Late Model since 2012 and it took some time to get re-acclimated with the cars.
“I told the guys it was going to take me a round or two of practice use to Late Model again,” Moltz said. “I haven't run one in two years and be on small tires. We won the championship at Waterford in 2012 and had great success there and it was fun to be back in a Late Model.”
While not sticking to one particular schedule for just one series, Moltz stated the run at Devil’s Bowl might lead to more ACT Late Model Tour races for the team in the near future.
“We're just picking and choosing and having fun with PASS and Granite State (Pro Stock Series),” Moltz said. “We'll definitely be at a few more (ACT) shows before the end of the year and we'd love to go to Loudon. We're just going to have some fun.
“But after tonight's run, we're probably going to up our ACT races.”