Elkhart Lake, WI – The Archer Brothers team had a bit of an up and down weekend at Road America but concluded with both drivers finishing in the top 25 at Sunday’s Next Dimension 100 race located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Tommy Archer in the c3controls Chevrolet Camaro started 6th and after an issue resulting in a trip down pit lane, crossed the finish line in 24th. Nate Stokey started 20th in his Chevrolet Camaro and throughout the slippery track conditions, drove a smart race bringing his car home in 20th.
The rainy and wet track conditions brought an additional complexity to the race set up, with the Archer Brothers team electing to set up the cars hoping the track would dry out during the 25 lap race. The 60+car field remained cautious at the start of the race with lap times over 20 seconds slower than qualifying times. Lap 10 brought out the first caution, and Tommy was on the move to the front of the pack with the leader now within eye sight away. With 9 laps remaining in the race, Tommy drove into turn 5 at 145mph and lost the front breaks due to a piece of debris cutting the break line. This caused Tommy to visit pit lane for the crew to fix the issue and Tommy going a lap down. A multi-car pile-up then brought out the last caution of the day and subsequently brought out the checkered flag in a shortened race due to the number of on track incidents. In the end, Tommy and Nate both drove a smart race to protect the cars and bring home the cars undamaged.
The Archer Brothers team has a month before the next race, round 9 of 12 in Alton, Virginia at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday, September 27 at 12:50pm EST. Tommy and Nate are both looking forward to the technical and unique characteristics of this track knowing with the strong competition in the Trans Am TA2 Muscle Car Challenge Series, track position will be critical. Both Tommy and Nate have past successes at VIR and can’t wait to be back battling on the track!
Don’t miss the race broadcast of the Road America race on the CBS Sports Network – Saturday, September 12 at 9:00am CST.