PETERSEN MEDIA- Cory Eliason and Antaya Motorsports continued to have great speed at Ocean Speedway. Taking part in the 7th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic, Eliason would rebound from a Dash tumble to finish fifth on Friday night with the Civil War Series, before contact while racing for the lead on Saturday night would end his night early.
“We had a ton of speed all weekend long, but unfortunately we just had some horrible luck,” Eliason said. “It was good run get the fifth place finish on Friday night with the way our night ended Saturday.”
Taking on the Civil War Series Friday night, Eliason would get the weekend off to a great start as he timed the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association/Fuel Curve/Fire Protection Management, Inc. No. 20 entry third fastest in qualifications.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Eliason would pocket a second place finish and punch his ticket into both the Dash and the feature event. In a Dash that saw some hard nosed racing, Eliason would get the bad end of a tight battle that resulted in his machine getting upside down.
Scored in the sixth spot, Eliason would line up for the 30-lap feature in the third row after a large effort to get his machine put back together. From his sixth starting position, Eliason would take part in an exciting battle inside the Top-Five for much of the race.
Racing with drivers like Justin Sanders, and Shane Golobic during the race, Eliason would take the checkered flag with a fifth place finish.
Coming back on Saturday night to continue his championship battle with the King of the West Series, Eliason would time in second quickest in time trials.
Finishing third in his heat race, Eliason would make the Dash transfer where his win would place him on the front row of the 30-lap HK Classic feature event. Getting the jump when the green flag was shown to the field, Eliason was hard on the throttle as he led the early stages.
Setting a strong pace over Michael Kofoid, traffic would soon come into play and Eliason would see his lead shrink up. Falling to second in traffic on lap 12, a lap 13 caution would put the leaders in clear track.
Continuing to chase after Kofoid, the leaders would get bottled up in traffic on the 18th lap and contact would send Eliason’s machine hard into the turn four wall on the 18th lap and it would bring Eliason’s night to an early end.
“To crash both nights is never fun, and you hate it for everyone who works so hard on the car,” Eliason said. “We have a couple weeks off now, so we will regroup and focus on coming out strong to see what we can do in the final few KWS races of the year”
Antaya Motorsports would like to thank Good Guys Rod and Custom Association, Fuel Curve, Fire Protection Management, Inc., TW Performance, Kaeding Performance, Cardinal Paint and Powder, Tool World, Maas Brothers Powder Coating, and Shiro’s Collision Center for their support in 2017.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 19, Wins: 3, Top 5’s: 10, Top 10’s: 14
ON TAP: At this time, Antaya Motorsports’ next scheduled race is with the King of the West Series at Petaluma Speedway on August 26th.
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