PETERSEN MEDIA: Making a name for himself over the years predominately in the non winged ranks, Austin Liggett made a rare winged start on Saturday night with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour in Stockton, CA and took home a ninth place finish.
“It felt good to get back in the winged car for the first time in over a year and a half,” Austin Liggett said. “It took some time to shake off the rust, but my guys worked hard on the car all night and we ended up with a pretty good finish against a stout group of drivers.”
Though the night got off to an admittedly slow start, Liggett would time the Excel Environmental/Liggett Trucking/Lucas Oil backed No. 83L machine in 24th quickest overall, but was seventh overall in his group.
Lining up seventh in his heat race, Liggett had a very strong run aboard the Landon Hurst prepared entry. Picking up some crucial positions, Liggett would finish fourth in his heat race, which locked him directly into the feature event; a huge relief for the Tracy, CA driver who was also competing in the non-winged division on this night.
After winning the non-winged race, Liggett would climb aboard the Austin Liggett Racing winged car, where he would grid the field from the 17th starting position for the 35-lap affair.
On an extremely slick racing surface, Liggett showed patience as he carefully navigated his way forward through a very tough field of regular winged racers. Getting up as high as sixth, Liggett felt he had a car that was good enough for the top-five until a late race red slowed the pace.
In his pursuit to the front, Liggett had burned off his tires and the restart would see him lose a few positions as he would slip back and finish ninth when the checkered flag flew on the feature event.
“A lot of people made this weekend possible, and I can’t thank them enough for all of their help,” Liggett added. “Landon Hurst had my car really good each time we hit the track, so it made the transition between the two cars as easy as it could have been. It was a good night overall, now we will focus on getting the USAC car ready for Ventura.”
Austin Liggett Racing would like to thank Excel Environmental Services, Liggett Trucking, Lucas Oil, Tool Technology, Infinity Shocks, Steve Watt Enterprises, Brian Sperry Racing, and Jarrett Soares Racing for their support.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-15, Wins-6, Top 5’s-13, Top 10’s-15
ON TAP: Liggett will travel with the USAC West Coast 360 Series to Ventura Raceway on Saturday night as he looks to inch closer to the series point lead as he sits just 26 markers back.