By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Team Liberty Racing announced on Saturday afternoon that they will not attend the next four races. Instead, they will return in late October at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The team made the decision, according to the press release, in order to focus on their engine program.
“We decided as a team to take a step back to regroup and get ready for next year,” team owner Cory Reed said. “We have a lot of shop plans while we take this break. Our dyno is on the way and we’ve got a bunch of little things to do that we haven’t been able to do while on the road. It sucks not to race because we’re racers and that’s what we want to do, but sitting out these next few racers will benefit us in the long run.”
Team Liberty last competed at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. Angelle Sampey, Reed’s teammate, lost in the first-round at this race to Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson rider Andrew Hines, who went 6.929 to her 8.326.
Reed went to the Quarterfinals against LE Tonglet. The White Alligator Racing driver went 6.850 to Reed’s 6.961.
This was the first-time that Reed made it to the Quarterfinals all season. Sampey has advanced out of the first-round at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Both drivers have a 1-9 record through nine races.
“This year was not only the birth of Team Liberty Racing, but the birth of the Victory Magnum motorcycle with a brand new S&S engine,” Sampey said. “We started this team from the ground up. We didn’t have a shop, a race rig or bikes when this all came together. We worked hard and I’m very, very proud of the year we’ve had so far. Cory and I didn’t make the Countdown to the Championship, but our goal was to qualify both bikes at every race we entered and we’ve done that so far, even with unfortunate engine failures and hurt engines. Even if we wanted to go to Charlotte, we have five engines that need to be repaired and it’s a three-in-a-row, which doesn’t help us. We’re looking at this time off as an opportunity to stay at the shop, repair those engines, find what’s causing the failures, and get our dyno in place.”
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