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Austin Liggett Second During Thriller at Santa Maria Speedway


PC- Lance Jennings

PETERSEN MEDIA: Saturday night in Santa Maria, CA, Austin Liggett would give it everything he had with the USAC West Coast 360 Series as he came home with a second place finish.

“Saturday night was probably some of the best racing I have been a part of,” Austin Liggett said. “It was a huge battle for the lead and we just came up a little short.”

With 21 cars checked in to Santa Maria Speedway for the event, Liggett would get his night started by timing the Excel Environmental Services/Lucas Oil/Hurst Fabrications backed No. 83 machine sixth fastest in time trials.

Racing his way to a second place finish in his heat race, the Tracy, CA pilot would lead the field to green from the pole position. When the race came to life, Liggett would get off to a bit of a tough start on the extremely slick surface as he would fall all the way back to fourth.

Confident the bottom would soon take rubber, Liggett was extremely patient on the low side as he waited for the rubber to come and maintained. As rubber began to go down on the Santa Maria Speedway, Liggett would come to life as his machine started working back towards the front.

Taking part in a five-car battle for the lead that saw cars going everywhere, Liggett would come out on the good end as he was back up in second and chasing after Troy Rutherford.

On the last lap, Liggett would have to try something to get around Rutherford and he would go to the top for one lap trying to win in thrilling fashion. Just missing it, Liggett would end his night in the second spot.

“My dad gave me an awesome car, and that was a really fun race to be a part of,” Liggett said. “It is always fun to get to the track with my family, and I also have to thank my Mom for being a huge part of this as well.”

Austin Liggett Racing would like to thank Excel Environmental Services, Lucas Oil, Hurst Fabrications, Infinity Shocks, 4 Alarm Promotions, Epic Fire Apparel, and Jarrett Soares Racing for their support.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-7, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-4

ON TAP: Liggett will return to action on the 28th with the USAC West Coast 360 Series in Santa Maria, CA.

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