Vegas Motor Speedway
October 4, 2003
When the 2003
season rolled around, Troy decided to take a break from the Supers and
spend time with his family. Clear his head and look to the future. After
ten years of racing, he could take a little time and relax... That lasted
3 months. The right foot started itching, and driving the family
grocery-getter wasn’t gettin’ it.
So three races into the season he was back in a Super. And
even now, as the last race comes up, the right foot is
The drive to Las Vegas from anywhere takes 2 Metallica CD’s, a
Kid Rock, a Creed and a Linkin Park. And remember, Metallica is the sound
track for driving through Barstow.
Bullring is a fast, redesigned 3/8 mile oval, and is part of the $200
million dollar, state of the art racing facility that includes a 1 1/2mile
NASCAR track and a drag strip.
Co-owner Steve Shaw called Troy a couple of days before the race
and said: “The baby blue dust bunny misses you”. What happened when
the two were reunited? Troy sets a new track record in qualifying at
12.847. The BBDB missed him
Troy drew an 8 on the invert and started on the outside of the
fourth row. By lap 10 he was in sixth and at lap 20, he was in second. After
the restart for a yellow flag on lap 21, it took Troy three laps to pass
the leader and drive away for his 4th win in 11 races.
The #98 preformed flawlessly. The crew, Tom Silsby, Steve Shaw,
Rick Barba and John Stewart made a perfect fit of man and machinery. With
each race the car got faster. What a shame it’s the end of the season!
Overheard in the pits was the sentiment,”Well, it looks like the
rest of us are racing for second next year”.