PETERSEN MEDIA- Tony Gualda had a good weekend at Placerville Speedway during the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout. Friday night saw the youngster battle wheel to wheel for a Saturday night lock in spot, and though he came up short he came back Saturday night and went forward and finished 13th.
“Friday night was a little bittersweet,” Tony Gualda said. “We had a really good car and we were battling for a lock in spot and amidst a tight knit battle I got up over the edge and I feel terrible for Cody, Mandi, and everyone that supports this deal. We were really fast and came back Saturday night and made up some ground and ended up 13th.”
With 41 cars at Placerville Speedway for the two-day winged portion of the event, Gualda would time the PitStopUSA/Autism Awareness/Pacific Highway Rentals No. 7C machine in ninth quickest in time trials.
Racing his way to a heat race win, Gualda would move into the Pole Shuffle where he would defeat Dominic Scelzi in the first round before falling to Sean Becker in round two, which lined him up in the seventh spot for the 30-lap feature.
Having a very good car in the feature, Gualda was up in the fifth spot by the eighth lap as he battled with the likes of DJ Netto, Cole Macedo, and Dominic Scelzi. Moving into fourth at the halfway point, Gualda would continue to dig as he looked for some insurance as the top-four locked into Saturday night’s feature.
Running fourth on the 27th lap in a hot and heavy battle for the spot, Gualda would get up over the edge trying to make a move and it would result in his machine spinning out as he ended up finishing 21st.
Putting a tough ending behind him, Gualda and company were ready for two heats on Saturday night as Gualda would overcome a little brake issue in his first heat to finish fourth before finishing fifth in his second heat race.
Finding himself on the pole of the semi, Gualda would pick up the win in that race and move into the 40-lap feature event where he lined up in the 17th starting spot. On the slick surface, Gualda would be patient as he slowly worked his way forward.
With it being tough to make up ground at times, Gualda was able to work his way up to 15th during an extended green flag run. A restart on the 32nd lap would be beneficial to the Hollister, CA wheelman as he picked up a couple of spots aboard the Moorefield Construction/Swartz Diesel/51 Fifty Energy Drink backed machine and closed his weekend out with a 13th place finish.
“Saturday night the top and bottom were both really good, so it made it hard to make up a lot of ground,” Gualda said. “Cody and Darin did a great job on this thing, and I have to thank them, as well as Mandi and everyone else who makes it all possible.”
The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank PitStopUSA, Autism Awareness, Pacific Highway Rentals, Moorefield Construction, Inc., PT Shocks, Swartz Diesel, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Alturas Tires, and Velocity Race Gear and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.
ON TAP: The C&M Motorsports team is now set for this weekend’s Fall Nationals event in Chico, CA on Friday and Saturday night.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-35, Wins-0, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-16.
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