PETERSEN MEDIA: Building off of a couple of hard charges with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour, Steven Tiner put together a very strong showing on the 4th of July at Placerville Speedway as he pocketed a second place finish.
“We had a pretty good car all night, and it was great to be back up front battling,” Steven Tiner said. “We were good all last year at Placerville, but so far in 2018 it has felt like a struggle but we have been working hard to get dialed back in.”
Timing the Larry Davis Farms/Wright Process Systems/Fisher Racing Engines No. 94 entry in eighth quickest in qualifying time trials before picking up a crucial heat race win.
By way of the win, Tiner would move into the nightly redraw where the two pill put him on the front row of the feature event as he would share the stage with Tanner Thorson. When the green flag waived on the Independence Day feature event, Tiner would slip back to second as he chased after Thorson who led early.
While running down Thorson, Tiner would soon feel pressure from Tony Gualda. As Gualda pressure for the second position, Tiner would change his focus as the leader got away. Slipping back to third, Tiner would keep Gualda in his sights, as traffic would soon come into play and bottle the leaders back up.
Battling in traffic in the closing stages of the race, Tiner would see an opening on the bottom side of the speedway and he would shoot the gap to reclaim the second spot.
A late restart would give the leaders fresh track, and with one final shot at Thorson, Tiner would not get close enough to battle for the win as he settled for second at the finish line.
Saturday night Tiner would follow the Sprint Car Challenge Tour to Stockton Dirt Track as the series took part in the Salute to LeRoy Van Connett.
Timing in eighth quickest in his time trial group on a slicked off surface, Tiner’s sixth place finish in his heat race would force him into the night’s 15-lap ‘B’ Main event. On a track that had rubber down on it, Tiner would jump into second where he would finish putting him in the 22nd starting position for the 30-lap feature event.
Following an extensive track prep prior to the green flag, Tiner would be able to make up some ground in the early goings of the race. Working his way towards the Top-10, Tiner would close his weekend out with a 15th place finish as he now eyes a trip to the Pacific Northwest for Speedweek.
“I think we have a fast racecar, and I am looking forward to having some fun in Oregon for Speedweek,” Tiner said. “It will be a nice change of pace and hopefully we can get on a roll and have some fun.”
Steven and his Steven Tiner Racing team would like to thank Larry Davis Farms, Wright Process Systems, Fisher Racing Engines, SRP, Wilwood, FSR, XYZ Machine, DMI, Dan Olson Race Products, HRP, Kevin Sharrah Designs, Prior Engineering, B&B Racing Engines, ART, System One Pro Ignition, Sweet Manufacturing, Schoenfeld, and Roseville Precision for their continued support.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-16, Wins-1, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-8
ON TAP: Tiner kicks Speedweek Northwest off tonight at Coos Bay Speedway is Coos Bay, OR.
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