Gravel Great in Canada
PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading north of the border for one final time in 2014, David Gravel and his Roth Motorsports team put together a great weekend that was highlighted by a second place finish on Friday night before scoring a sixth place finish on Saturday night.
“We qualified really well both nights, and then we raced pretty good both nights too,” Gravel said. “We had a really good car at the end of Friday’s race, and on Saturday we were good, but we just hung around right where we started.”
Leading the way in qualifying time trials on Friday night, Gravel would charge from fourth to second in heat race action, solidifying his place in the night’s dash.
Picking up the dash win, Gravel would lead the filed to green, and as the action came to life, he would fall to third as Donny Schatz and Joey Saldana both had great starts.
Running the high-side of the speedway, the Watertown, CT driver kept the lead pack in his sights, as he closed in on Saldana as the laps clicked off.
Getting a huge head of steam in the waning laps, Gravel was able to get around Saldana to take the second spot, as he turned his attention to Schatz.
Visibly closing in on Schatz, Gravel would run out of laps, as he crossed the checkered with a second place finish.
“You know, I though we were just as good, if not better, than Donny (Schatz) during that last stretch,” he said. “I wish this race was a little longer, but have to give credit to the 15 team, and I have to thank my guys, and organization for their hard work.”
Back in action on Saturday night at the Castrol Raceway, Gravel continued to show great speed as he would end up second fastest in time trials on this night.
Again working his way to second in heat race action, Gravel would finish in the seventh spot in the dash, after the inversion lined him up in the fourth row.
Searching around the track for speed during the feature event, Gravel would battle with Brad Sweet and Steve Kinser as they raced inside the Top-10.
At the stand, Gravel would finish in the sixth spot.
“It was a good weekend for us, and hopefully we can keep it going as we get out to Dennis and Teresa Roth’s neck-of-the-woods, and make them proud,” he added. “Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for this opportunity, and for their continued hard work.”
The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2014.
2014 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-69, Wins-3, Top 5’s-20, Top 10’s-44.
ON TAP: Gravel and his Roth Motorsports team will be at the Skagit Speedway this Friday and Saturday night, before racing their way down through Washington, Oregon, and California next week.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their new website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, and by following David on Twitter @davidgravel89g.
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Hirst Fights For Seventh at Johnny Key Classic
PETERSEN MEDIA- Spending his Saturday night in Watsonville, CA competing at the Ocean Speedway in the Johnny Key Classic Presented By Al’s Roofing Supply, Kyle Hirst worked from his 11th starting spot to finish seventh in the 50-lap feature event that ultimately went rubber down.
“I have to thank my guys for all of their hard work at what was a really tough race,” Hirst said. “We were fortunate with the pill draw and raced our way into the 50-lap feature, and put a good run together in the feature, even with the rubber down.”
With 48 cars on hand, 43 of which were racing for a spot in the feature, Hirst went out in the third group for time trials, and timed his Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle entry sixth fastest, putting him on the front row of his qualifier.
Starting on the front row alongside DJ Netto, Hirst settled into the second spot, as he searched around the slicked off speedway chasing after the leader. With the top-four transferring, Hirst was mindful of the format, and took his second place finish into the feature event, where he gridded the field in the sixth row.
The early goings of the race provided some very entertaining action, as cars were battling all over the track, and Hirst fought for position as he battled between 10th and 13th.
In a long green flag run leading up to the scheduled caution, Hirst sat in the 13th spot with 25 laps to go, but had 10 minutes to work with his crew, and get his machine dialed in.
With a hint of rubber in the air, and reading tires, the team made the necessary adjustments to adapt to the changing track conditions, and as the rubber began being laid down when the race went back green, Hirst was able to still move forward.
Working the bottom of the speedway, Hirst sat in the seventh spot when the caution waived on the 47th lap. Moving into the sixth spot under the caution, Hirst battled with Jonathan Allard the last stretch, and took the checkered with a seventh place finish.
“I wish we could have been in a little better position after the first 25-laps,” he said. “Being that far back and then having the track take rubber, it really makes things difficult, but I have to hand it to the Roth Motorsports guys for rolling their sleeves up during the pit stop.”
Kyle and his Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2013.
2014 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-27, Wins-4, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-20
ON TAP: Hirst and his Roth Motorsports team will look through a few schedules over the next month as the King of the West series is off until September 12th.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected to Kyle by following him on Twitter, @kylehirstracing, or by visiting www.rothmotorsports83.com.
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