Tough Trophy Cup Saturday Takes Toll on Tiner

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PETERSEN MEDIA: Steven Tiner had an extremely good Trophy Cup going. Running well on Thursday and Friday night, Tiner was in the mix heading into Saturday’s finale but getting collected in a wreck on the start of the race made for a long 50-lap feature event.

 

“It is disappointing,” Steven Tiner said. “This race always seems to get the best of me, and this week things seemed to be going our way. We had good runs Thursday and Friday night, and we were where we wanted to be on Saturday night. Unfortunately we got collected in a wreck on the start of the race, and tried to maintain and stay on the lead lap until the open red, but that didn’t work out for us.”

 

Fresh off of a start at the Short Track Nationals in Little Rock, AR, Tiner was back in his native CA for another huge 360ci race. Timing the Larry Davis Farms/Wright Process Systems/Deli Delicious backed No. 94 in 15th quickest in time trials, Tiner would pick up a second place finish in his heat race.

 

With everything based on points, Tiner would miss out on the heat race transfer and would find himself on the front row of his “B” main where a second place finish kept his night alive.

 

Lining up 17th in the feature event, Tiner proved to be up for the challenge on a tricky racing surface. From deep in the field the Placerville Speedway Track Champion had his elbows up as he was able to make up ground from the drop of the green flag.

 

Picking up valuable Trophy Cup points, Tiner would finish sixth in the ‘A’, which put him seventh in points after the first night.

 

Back in action on Friday night, Tiner would get off to another good start as he timed in 10th quickest in his qualifying flight. Finishing second in his heat race to Bud Kaeding, Tiner would just narrowly miss out on moving directly into the feature event as he lined up sixth in the first ‘B’.

 

Working his way forward on the rough and tumble Thunderbowl Raceway surface, Tiner would get up to third at the finish line which moved him into the 30-lap Friday night feature event.

 

Lining up in the fourth row of the feature, Tiner would make contact in a tight pack of cars that would result in some top wing damage but it would not slow him down. Staying at full speed despite the noticeable damage to his wing, Tiner would continue to run well inside the Top-10.

 

Doing a great job of navigating an extremely rough racing surface, Tiner would hang to finish fifth on this night which placed him 10th overall in points heading into Saturday night’s finale.

 

Finishing fourth in his heat race, Tiner would improve his point position as he entered the feature event sitting seventh in event points well in striking distance for the overall championship.

 

When the race went green trouble would ensue and Tiner would get a piece of the action as he would endure top wing damage and be forced to the work area.

 

Able to make repairs and restart the race, Tiner just was unable to get going. Doing some more work to his machine under the open red at lap 28, Tiner would end up finishing 21st in the race, and 18th overall in points.

 

“We just got caught up in the wreck on the opening lap and we weren’t the same after that,” Tiner said. “I hate it for my guys, and everyone that supports our team but this race you have to have some luck and we just didn’t have it on our side Saturday night.”

 

Steven and his Steven Tiner Racing team would like to thank Larry Davis Farms, Wright Process Systems, Deli Delicious, Fisher Racing Engines, Powder Coat-It, 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.

 

2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-42, Wins-3, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-26

 

ON TAP: Steven Tiner will be back in action on November 4th at Stockton Dirt Track.

 

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