PETERSEN MEDIA- Jason Statler had a very strong Trophy Cup going, but as the Saturday feature clicked off laps the Thunderbowl Raceway got the best of “The Big Guy” as he got upside down and ended his Trophy Cup early.
“It was really a good weekend for this team until lap 28 on Saturday night,” Jason Statler said. “We have been getting our qualifying program better and that is a huge part of Trophy Cup, so that helped us get both programs started in a good position.”
Friday’s two-show marathon saw Statler time his DF Rios Motorsports/Amerikote/Riley Collins Auto backed No. 00 machine in 13th fastest for the Thursday program and 10th fastest for the Friday night show.
Using a strong heat race performance during the Friday afternoon show, Statler would race his way to the win, and lock himself into the 30-lap feature event where he would line up on the front row alongside Dusty Zomer.
When the race went green, Statler would fall into the third spot as he chased after Zomer and Rico Abreu who ran ahead of him, as he navigated around the slicked of Thunderbowl Raceway.
Battling with Tim and Bud Kaeding, and Sean Becker in the latter stages of the race, Statler would close out the first feature of the day with a fifth place finish, earning a ton of Trophy Cup event points.
Resetting for the night show, Statler would pick up a couple of positions in his heat as he would finish in the fourth spot, and find himself in the fifth row of the B Main. Trying something with his car, Statler did not quite have the speed he had during the day show, and would finish sixth in the ‘B’, and his night would be over.
When the points were tabulated, the Grass Valley, CA driver sat ninth overall in Trophy Cup points, and was in good shape to make the 50-lap Saturday night feature event.
Contact during his heat race would flatten his left front tire and relegate him to a seventh place finish, but his point total was good enough to put him in the ‘A’ Main.
Sitting 13th in points, Statler would line up 12th in the main, and would show speed during the first half of the race as he was able to pick off cars en route to the front.
Working inside the top five on the 28th lap, Statler would hit the thick Thunderbowl Raceway cushion the wrong way and he would ride the wall and get his machine upside down, ending his Trophy Cup.
“Tulare is one of those places that can eat you up at the slightest mistake, and that is what happened on Saturday,” Statler said. “It was a long weekend of racing, and my guys worked hard every minute we were at the track, and I really have to thank them and give them a lot of credit.”
Jason Statler would like to thank DF Rios Motorsports, Amerikote, Riley Collins Auto Body, SCI, Kaeding Performance, Kistler Racing Engines, Simpson Race Products, Yak Graphics, Factory Kahne Shocks, Ultra Shield, Rod End Supply, Santomauro, and Stephanie’s Custom Interior for their continued support.
ON TAP: Statler and his team will be back in action on November 7th at the Stockton Dirt Track.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-34, Wins-0, Top-5’s-7, Top-10’s-14
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