Hirst Victorious at Faria Memorial
5/23/17- Roth Motorsports driver Kyle Hirst captured his first KWS-NARC win of the season in the Faria Memorial at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California on Saturday night.
This was the KWS-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series second appearance this season at the Thunderbowl Raceway, where 20 competitors made the trek to the Central Valley.
Hirst started off his evening with a sixth place qualifying effort and a second place heat race finish, advancing the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation machine into the Dash event. Starting third in the six-lap dash, Hirst fell back to fifth as the checkered flag waved.
The Roth team went to work as track crews did some last minute surface preparation. Lining up fifth for the 30-lap feature event, Hirst wasted no time as he quickly drove into the third position. As the laps clicked off, Hirst battled with Bud Kaeding for the second spot before securing it on lap 16. Next in sight was second place starter, Cory Eliason. As Eliason began to struggle in lap traffic, Hirst set sail and was able to reel him in. The top 3 cars Hirst, Eliason and Shane Golobic battled fiercely for the lead until a late race caution flag flew with only seven laps to go. On the restart, Hirst rocketed to the lead and finished with a 1.55 second victory over Shane Golobic.
Hirst also piloted the Jeff Gardner/Dennis Roth owned 51T USAC 360 non-wing car at the Faria Memorial where he finished 2nd to cap off the night.
ON TAP: Hirst and the Roth Motorsports team will be racing Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track and Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.
The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, 3H Cattle, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance and Astro Titanium for their support in 2017.
SEASON STATS: Races: 20, Wins: 3, Top 5’s: 10, Top 10’s: 16
Roth Motorsports: Website: www.rothmotorsports83.com
You can keep up with Kyle Hirst by following him on Twitter @KyleHirstRacing.