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Last episode, we had intended to interview Robert Phelps, he was under the weather so we rescheduled and instead we’re bringing you the Phelps interview this week. A lot of this will be talking about things that have now already happened so please bear with me on this one.
Usually Phelps is seen speeding around the track in his #1 Doritos and Mountain Dew car however, today he opted for a black 1976 Chevy Corvette Stingray. He said he’s always loved that car, it has the curves of something much newer but still has that raw power look to it.
This is where things get a little interesting. We’ll be looking at predictions about the season before the first three races of the season had happened. Now, obviously, we can see, at least a little bit, how right or wrong these predictions were.
So when we asked him about a driver that will disappoint in season 3, he told me Dave Lake will likely disappoint citing that he seems to be slowing down and possibly losing interest as reasons he suspects he will not do as well as he had originally expected. On the surprising end of things, he gave me the name Ryan Perlman from Tier 1. He said he is training more frequently than almost all other Tier 1 guys right now.
Dave Lake finished last season 10th in the standings, this year, just three races in, he finds himself in 16th with one top five and one DNF. His one top 10 came when we fell just short at Iowa Speedway finishing 2.15 seconds behind Tigole Bitties. There is still plenty of time left in the season for him to move up the standings but if his loss of interest is real, that means there’s also plenty of time for him to slip further down the leaderboards.
Perlman is a bit of a wildcard selection here. Through three races in STSC, he is in sixth place in the standings, just 123 points off the lead. Last year, he struggled. Some called it bad luck, some others thought Tier 1 was just too crowded. Whatever the case, this season has been a different story. He only has one top ten finish so far, but he was sitting in fourth place prior to the race at Southern National in which he finished just outside the top 10 in 12th. If he can stay consistent this season, Phelps’ prediction might just come true.
We also chatted a bit about the tracks Phelps was most looking forward to this year and he had this to say:
“I am looking forward to the superspeedways most of all. It will be interesting to see if the drivers who cranked their engine stat will actually be able to make use of it and pull away from the rest of the pack when we have longer straightaways.”
So far we have had one speedway with Darlington and a super speedway in EuroSpeedway Lausitz. At Darlington, it appeared that the engine was the difference maker as Cooter Bigsby won by a margin of 4.88 seconds. However, when it came to EuroSpeedway, Phelps just barely won by .42 seconds. This is too small of a sample size to really make any judgements.
That’s all we have for you this week on Ride with Clyde. Next week we have a very special guest for you, the driver of the Nerf dart, I mean car, Alex Reveford where we’ll be discussing movies, kind of. Tune in next time to see that, and more, here on Ride with Clyde.