PETERSEN MEDIA- With a dominating performance at the Stockton Dirt Track last November still fresh in his mind, Jonathan Allard entered last weekend’s World of Outlaws event at the speedway looking to duplicate that effort but Allard would struggle to find speed all weekend long.
“It was frustrating for sure,” Allard said. “The last time we were at the Stockton Dirt Track we had a ton of speed, and were pretty dominant but we couldn’t seem to get going over the weekend.”
Friday night at the Stockton Dirt Track, Allard timed the Tri-C Manufacturing/Walker Performance Filtration/ButlerBuilt backed No. 3C machine in 24th fastest in time trials, and would go on to finish seventh in his heat race.
Going into the Last Chance Showdown, Allard would spin his machine out on the seventh lap while fighting for a transfer spot, and be forced to the tail end of the field. Getting a monster restart that saw him nearly get up to a transfer spot, Allard would be forced to check up as a car got out of shape in front of him and it equated to him losing all of the ground he had just gained.
Finishing ninth in the Last Chance Showdown, Allard and company would begin to focus on Saturday.
Getting off too a less than desirable start on Saturday, Allard would make up some ground in his heat race but a seventh place finish would still force him into the LCS.
Coming from deep in the field, Allard let it all hang out as he drove by some strong cars that were also riddled in the semi. Getting into the sixth spot, which was good enough for a transfer on this night, Allard continued to work as he improved his starting position in the feature with every car he passed. Finishing fourth, Allard would move into the 30-lap A main, where he would line up in the 22nd position.
Stuck deep in traffic on the Stockton Dirt Track, Allard would race alongside World of Outlaws star, Shane Stewart, and fellow KWS driver, DJ Netto in the early goings of the race as the trio jockeyed for position.
Unable to put together a big time charge through the field, the 2016 New Zealand National Sprint Car Champion would finish in the 17th spot.
“We put ourselves in a massive hole in time trials both nights, and we were able to do some good things on Saturday,” Allard added. “Nobody likes to start the season running bad, but hopefully we can turn our qualifying performances around on Wednesday night and have a good showing.”
Allard would like to thank Tri-C Manufacturing, Walker Performance Filtration, ButlerBuilt, Amerikote, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Red Line Oil, KSE Racing Products, Weld Wheels, NGK Spark Plugs, FK Rod Ends, Hunt Magnetos, Longacre Products, RCM Design, Ti64, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, AL Driveline, and Hoosier Tire for their support.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-10, Wins-5, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-5.
ON TAP: Allard and the Tri-C Motorsports team will be back in action on Wednesday night at the Placerville Speedway.
STAY CONNECTED: For more information on Jonathan, including upcoming events, pictures, and news please check out http://www.allardmotorsports.co, or follow JA on twitter @Allard_ja.
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