PETERSEN MEDIA- Jonathan Allard has not had the start to his 2015 US Season that he was hoping for, but in three races over the weekend, Allard feels like the team is headed in the right direction.
“It was a tough first couple of weekends out, but I think this weekend we made some good progress, and some steps in the right direction,” Allard said.
Bolting his 360ci power plant in the Tri-C Motorsports No. 3c machine on Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Allard got off to a nice start as he timed in sixth quick in time trials.
Following an opening lap flat tire in his heat race, Allard would start at the tail end of the field and surge his way forward to finish in the third spot. Successfully transferring into the feature event, Allard would like the Tri-C Manufacturing/K&N/Butlerbuilt backed machine up in the eighth-start position on a nice, wide surface.
Allard would not disappoint the Chico, CA faithful as he carved his way forward, and battled with Sean Becker and Rico Abreu for the top spot. When the checkered flag waived on the event, Allard would cross the stripe with a third place finish.
Back in action on Saturday night, again at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Allard and company would go to battle with the World of Outlaws. With 44 cars on hand for the Mini Gold Cup, the 2014 Gold Cup Champion would time in 26th fastest on a track that continued to slick off as the night went on.
Lining up seventh in his heat race, Allard was on a mission as he worked around the speedway making a couple of big time moves, as he finished in the fourth spot, and moved into the feature event.
Firing off for the 40-lap feature event in the 22nd starting position, Allard continued to move forward on the extremely slick and abrasive surface. Patiently working his way forward, Allard crept up towards the Top-10, until a flat tire ultimately ended his night as he finished 18th.
Sunday night at the Antioch Speedway, track conditions were the polar opposite of the conditions at the Silver Dollar Speedway, as heavy conditions made for a fast, narrow surface.
Qualifying 20th quick in time trials, Allard would start and finish fifth in his heat race to move into the 30-lap feature event. On a track where little to no passing was seen, Allard would start and finish 20th to close out his week.
“It is a work in progress, and hopefully we can continue to get better,” Allard said. “We had some things change in the off season with our team that we are still adjusting too, but I think we are getting better. Huge thanks to all the guys that work on this car, as well as to Clyde and Marion Lamar for continuing to let us compete.”
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-12, Wins-2, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-6.
ON TAP: Allard the Tri-C Motorsports team will possibly spend this weekend competing Friday night in Chico, CA before heading to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night to take on the King of the West Series.
STAY CONNECTED: For more information on Jonathan, including upcoming events, pictures, and news please check out http://www.allardmotorsports.com, or follow JA on twitter @Allard_ja.
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