July 31, 2012 (South Park, PA) Keith Barbara and Forbes Field Motorsports used a rare Sunday rain date at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway to capture his second and third wins of the 2012 season, his first wins at ‘The Monster Half Mile’ since his ‘Pittsburgher’ triumph in September.
Since starting his 2012 season off with a win at the ‘Chiller Thriller’ at Mercer Raceway Park in March, and rattling off six top-ten finishes as well including four top-five’s in his first eight starts, Keith hit a bit of a dry spell throughout the month of June. Barbara only recorded one top-five finish and did not qualify for three of the six events he entered in June. ‘We’ve been struggling some recently but it’s not for lack of trying,’ Keith said from his shop. ‘We’ve been trying a lot of different stuff in the car and working closely Huey (Wilcoxon), so we’re really learning a lot with this car. Huey and Jamie (Lathroum) have been great to work with ever since we got this Mastersbilt. Hopefully we have some things ironed out and can finish the season as strong as we started it.’
The first feature event was a make-up event from July 1 and was restarted with two laps completed and Keith in the second position behind Jared Miley, who was driving his Uncle Ben’s #99. Barbara jumped out to the lead when the race restarted and cruised to the win over Miley, Steve Baker, Michael Norris, and Karri Gasser.
Barbara started the night-cap in the 12th spot and quickly worked his way through the field. After a caution flag on lap 12, Keith was third behind race leader Daryl Charlier and Mike Johnson. On the restart, Barbara bolted to the lead and again led the rest of the event to pick up his second win of the night and third of the season.
‘The car was good,’ Keith said in victory lane. ‘All we did was bolt on new tires and adjust the stagger a little and it worked out. I’ve never had a car that good on the bottom here. I don’t think we’ve ever won two in one night so this is special.’ Barbara continued, ‘My 14 year old McClain and his buddy are here tonight helping out, I guess he’s my little good luck charm tonight.’
Keith and the Forbes Field Motorsports team will be in action this Saturday, August 4 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV for the 12th Annual Eaton/Childers King of the Ring paying $4,000 to the winner.
For more information on these events please visit www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com.
For more information on Keith Barbara visit his website at www.keithbarbara.net.
Keith Barbara and Forbes Field Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors for the 2012 season: Forbes Field Garage, JNJ Motorsports Media, RanGroup Racing Tours, Triangle Benefit Services, Forbes Field Motorsports, MBH – MasterSbilt by Huey, Domhoff Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Speed Bear Fasteners, Integra Shocks by Huey, The Dutch Club, Snap-on Tools, Potoka Trucking, Precise Racing Products, Ryan’s Painting, Wal-Fab Race Car Bodies, and Frankland Rear Ends.
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