Although he didn’t the top-10 conclusion he had hoped for, it was a great weekend to Lessard in his NASCAR national series introduction with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Lessard qualified seventh and dropped back up to 18th before rebounding to get his top-15 finish driving the No. 4 6 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
The St.-Joseph de Beauce, Quebec, indigenous caught the interest of many at the speedway practicing at the top-10 and qualifying seventh.
“I desired to complete all the laps and I thought we might have had a little better finish although it’s part of the learning curve,” said Lessard. “I didn&; rsquo;t know what to expect through the race plus that I ’t heard and now I understand.
“Should I get the chance to come back here again in the future it’s going to be way better.
Lessard is no stranger to racing on tracks that host NASCAR national series races and already has a win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway annually at a latemodel race, but he immediately realized Martinsville had its very own challenging traits.
“It was fun running (at the top ) but as the track got slicker the traction went away in my truck,” said Lessard. “I’d no grip anywhere. I just tried to get grip anywhere I could. I strove to conduct low but my truck seemed to conduct better up high.
“I think this trail is just one among the hardest of some I’ve been to. This path is actually hard (to drive in a race). We were missing on something to your own race.
“I think we showed everybody we were here and I’m pretty proud of our conclusion,” Lessard explained. “Our earliest (race) is currently in the books. I just want to thank Spectra Premium, Toyota and Kyle Busch Motorsports with this particular opportunity.
“I’m going to learn out of this race and the vehicle is in 1 piece so it was a good moment.