ROCK ISLAND CREEK RACING

In 2011 the Rock Island Creek Whitetails race team had a season to remember. After a tough 2010 racing season the highlights of 2011 made the championship season pretty dramatic.

The Rock Island Creek Whitetails racing team marched into Richmond International raceway in April and qualified 8th out of a field of 56. With 15 Nascar Sprint Cup drivers in the field, an 8th place qualifying run was an eye opening experience to tell us just how great the year would be. After breaking the gear shifter and losing a lap mid-way through the race, the 16 car battled back and had a disappointing 12th place finish. "It's kind of disappointing," said the crew chief of the number 16, "when we are so fast and showing up the cup drivers and then you break a gear shifter. We had a top five car."

ROCK ISLAND CREEK RACING

The Season Opener at the home track, Southside Speedway, was no let down either. The 16 car qualified 3rd. After an early race caution the Rock Island Creek Whitetails Chevy Impala took the lead and never looked back. Scoring a win in the season opener sure took a lot of pressure off the shoulders of the race team. After several top three finishes the race team had a season low 9th place finish. The 9th place finish dropped the 16 car to second in the points. The team bounced back and scored the second win of the season in the next race. Within two races the 16 car was back atop the leader standings. As the checkered flag fell on the grand finale the 16 car had won the title. It was a close battle as second place was only 5 points behind. The driver and team had claimed their first championship.

The fall of the year brought on the Daytona 500 of Late Model Stock Car racing: The Virginia is for Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway. With 91 cars in the field, including 6 past champions, just making the 42 car starting grid would be the primary goal for the first-time Martinsville participant. "All we heard for months," said crew chief Billy Adkins, "was don't be disappointed if you don't make the race. Your driver has never been to Martinsville." The naysayers were discrediting Billy's past performance. As a past winning crew chief at Martinsville, Billy had the recipe for success. The team qualified a disappointing 57th out of 91 and was relegated to a starting spot in the first of four qualifying races. Only five cars would transfer out of each qualifying race into the feature. Oakley's car was fast. Starting 7th he quickly found himself passing for second place. Spotter Banton called out, "lay back we have enough of a cushion on the rest of the pack and all we need to do is finish fifth or better." The 16 car finished the qualifying race and transferred into the feature. Starting 36 in the feature, the Rock Island Creek Whitetails Chevy quickly went to the back. On lap 36 the team pitted and found a broken spark plug. By lap 124 the motor was blown. The day ended in a disappointing manner, but the overall season and the team's first trip to Martinsville had been a success.

ROCK ISLAND CREEK RACING

Check out the #16 Rock Island Creek Whitetails Chevy in 2012 running at Southern National Speedway in Kenly NC and Southside Speedway in Richmond Virginia. Additional races that are planned are the Denny Hamlin Foundation race at Richmond International Raceway in April and the Virginia is for Lovers 300 in Martinsville in October.

All Rock Island Creek Whitetail hunters are welcome at any racing event with free pit passes compliments of the team.

To find out more about our race team, upcoming races, or race team paraphernalia email Garland Harris at intl.pres@parentswithoutpartners.org or click on the info@rockislandcreekwhitetails.com button.