PETERSEN MEDIA- A year after coming up just short of winning the Silver Dollar Fair Race, Jonathan Allard was not to denied this year, as the Chico, CA driver took advantage of a late race restart to score his first Civil War Series win of the season.
“We had a great car all weekend, really,” Allard would say. “We had an issue on Saturday night running second, and were able to fight back through the field, and on Sunday night we had another awesome racecar.”
Sunday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Allard would time his Tri-C Manufacturing/K&N/ButlerBuilt No. 3c machine in seventh fastest of the 42 cars that were checked into the pit area.
Battling with Cody Lamar late in his heat race, Allard would finish in the second spot, and come up short of qualifying for the dash, so he would line his Amerikote/King Racing Products/BR Motorsports backed machine up in the fifth row for the 30-lap feature event.
As the race came to life, Allard would slowly move up as the first 10-laps were plagued by caution flags. Working up to the seventh spot by the eighth lap, the race would then see an extended green flag run.
On an extremely racy Silver Dollar Speedway surface, Allard was able to find something in the middle, and move forward, as he moved into the lead pack, and hooked up in an entertaining battle with Shane Golobic and Willie Croft, as they chased after Kyle Hirst.
Getting into the third spot, Allard would begin pressuring Willie Croft for position, until the caution flew on the 24th lap. The restart would see the 2014 Gold Cup Champion, grab the position, and begin going after Kyle Hirst for the race lead, until the final caution flew on the 27th circuit.
With Hirst getting the jump out of turn four, Allard made his move exiting turn two, as he stormed to the lead, and never looked back, as he went on to lead the final three laps to score a thrilling win over a capacity crowd.
“These guys have been working tirelessly on these cars, and I think we are finally getting a handle on them,” he added. “It is sure great to win in front of the hometown crowd.”
Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway for the Mel Hall Memorial, Allard would get his entry timed in 15th fastest over the 43 cars in the pit area, before picking up the heat race win to earn a spot in the night’s dash.
Finishing third in the Dash, ‘JA’ would line up in the second row for the 30-lap affair. As things got underway, Allard would jump into the second spot as he began his pursuit of early race leader Kyle Hirst, until he have bring his machine to a stop with a flat tire.
Making repairs, Allard would go to the back of the pack, and work his way back through the field and finish in the seventh spot.
“Overall it was a great weekend for our team, I felt,” Allard added. “We have had some struggles this year, so it is good to be back up front and contending for wins.”
Allard would like to thank Tri-C Manufacturing, K&N, 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 and Hoosier Tire for their support.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-28, Wins-4, Top 5’s-13, Top 10’s-17.
ON TAP: Allard will take on the Civil War Series again this weekend as he heads to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night