“You got to be kidding me! That clown does realize that it’s practice, right? Unbelievable, who let her behind the wheel? Someone get a message to her asking how much she gets paid by the racing body manufacturer every time she wrecks someone. Unbelievable.”
Dave Lake’s crew chief was visibility and vocally upset, radioing his frustration to his team after his driver Dave Lake was crashed into by Charlotte Bowey. During practice at the I-70 speedway. It appeared that Lake was slowing down to pit, but Bowey didn’t realize this and smashed into the rear of Lake. It didn’t end there, as Lake spun somewhat, and ended up having Bowey smash into the right door panel. Possibly adding insult to injury, Bowey then overtook Lake to make it into the pits first. Dave Lake had this to say about the incident.
“I’m out here to race. I’m not out here to make enemies or try and start incidents with other drivers. Am I frustrated that Bowey hit me during practice? Yes, but I’m not going to hold a grudge or go back after her for doing it. When I’m out on the track, my focus is to be the fastest car out there. Now is this a setback, for sure. But I qualified on the pole, so I’m in a good spot to start the race. However, my crew and I have work to do to fix the body of my car.”
Unfortunately for Lake, it would seem the damage done to his car would be enough to cause him to finish 14th overall, a full three laps behind the first position Bowey. Bowey would lead for a total of 77 laps during the race, while Lake would lead only one lap before beginning his decline to 14th. Additionally, by the finish of the race, only two cars were not one lap behind the leader. A truly hectic day of racing for the NSRS.