PETERSEN MEDIA- Coming so very close to capturing his first career Trophy Cup, Kyle Hirst would find himself second in the standings after a sixth place finish during Saturday night’s feature event.
“It is a little disappointing to get that close to the Trophy Cup title and come up a couple of spots short, but it was a great weekend for this entire Roth Motorsports team,” Kyle Hirst said.
Showing a very strong car during all three nights of competition at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, Hirst opened the weekend up on Thursday night by timing in fifth fastest in time trials.
Using a couple of very big moves in turns one and two during his heat race, the Paradise, CA driver would pick up the heat race win and march directly into the 30-lap feature event.
Sitting fourth in points, Hirst would line up in the ninth spot on a very slick and wide Thunderbowl Raceway. Using the high side of the speedway, Hirst would be on the move as he quickly worked his way into the top-five. Sitting in the second spot when the caution flew on the 26th lap, Hirst would slide up in front of Shane Golobic in turns one and two to take the lead, and as Golobic looked to return the favor Jason Meyers got by both drivers.
With Meyers getting away, Hirst would get by Golobic to claim the second spot during the opening night feature event.
Sitting atop the point chart after the first night of action, Hirst was back on Friday looking to do it all over again. Timing in third fastest in time trials, Hirst would have another hard fought heat race that saw him score a second place finish.
Sitting second in points during the Friday night program, KH would line up in the sixth row for the 30-lap feature event. As track crews worked the surface prior to the feature event, the track would stay too fast and passing would ultimately be at a premium with the bottom groove being the preferred line.
Finishing in the 11th spot, Hirst would take his Thursday night total into Saturday where he would go into the night as the top point earner.
Running fourth in his heat race, Hirst would fall the second in points heading into the 50-lap feature event, which would put him in the 19th starting position.
Getting off to a very nice start, Hirst would get up to the 12th spot when the first stoppage of the nigh came on the seventh lap. When the action resumed, Hirst would continue to race his way forward though he would also feel pressure from Tim Kaeding and Shane Golobic who were first and third in points heading into the race.
With no hiccups until the scheduled stop on lap 35, Hirst would sit in a great spot as he sat in the fifth spot.
On the 37th lap a bottle up within the top-five saw Kaeding spin to a stop, but Hirst also got a piece of the action and bent his front end up a bit. Unable to get moving on the top like he was, Hirst was noticeably hampered by the damage.
Able to stay afloat, Golobic would overtake him by a couple of positions and win the Trophy Cup, as Hirst would hang on to finish second in points and sixth in the feature.
“I can’t thank this Roth Motorsports team enough,” Hirst added. “We were awesome every time we hit the race track. I wish we could have won the deal for Dennis and Teresa Roth, but we tip our cap to the No. 22 teamvand try again.”
The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2016.
ON TAP: The Roth Motorsports No. 83jr machine will be back in action Friday night at Placerville Speedway with Kyle Hirst.
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