PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting two more races in with Tarlton Motorsports over the weekend before returning to the Midwest, Austin McCarl would overcome a Friday night tip over at Ocean Speedway to record an eighth-place finish, before picking up a ninth-place finish with the King of the West Series during his first appearance at Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.
“We had a really good car on Friday night, I was just going for it late and the opening I shot for closed up and we tipped over,” McCarl said. “Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway, I didn’t get timed in well and then our nose wing got knocked down at the start of the feature, but I was able to turn in some good laps and pick up a few spots.”
Taking part in a 360ci event on Friday night at Ocean Speedway, McCarl would get off to a nice start aboard the Tarlton and Son, Inc./EZ Haul/Executive Auto Sales backed No. 21 entry as he timed in eighth fastest amongst the 24 cars check in.
Picking up a heat race win in convincing fashion, the Altoona, IA driver moved into the Dash where his sixth-place finish lined him up on the outside of the third row for the 30-lap feature event.
When the race came to life, McCarl would continue to show speed on the racy bullring located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Moving his way through the Top-10, a restart would see McCarl look to make a big move, however it would result in him getting the Tarlton Motorsports mount upside down.
Able to restart, McCarl would have his elbows up from the rear of the field as he worked his way back into the Top-10 and finished eighth.
Saturday night the scene shifted to Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, CA where McCarl and company would resume action with the King of the West Series.
19 cars would check in for battle on this night, and “AMAC” kicked the night off by timing in 15th overall in time trials.
Lining up fifth in his heat race, McCarl would continue to adapt to the tricky track as his fourth place finish would put him 12th on the starting grid for the feature event.
When the green flag flew on the feature, mass chaos would ensue, and though McCarl would not stop in the incident, he would endure nose wing damage which would make for an interesting feature event.
Though he gained a few spot from the melee, McCarl was pleased with how he felt in what was ultimately a non-stop 30-lap feature event.
Keeping his mount inside the Top-10 for the second consecutive night, McCarl would cap his weekend off with a ninth place finish.
“Big thanks to Paul Baines, and the entire Tarlton Motorsports crew for continuing to work hard help me acclimate to these places that I have never been to,” McCarl said. “I know we will be even better when we start getting to these places for a second, and third time. I also want to thank to Tarlton family for continuing to give me a great opportunity to run out West.”
Tarlton Motorsports would like to thank Tarlton and Son, Inc., EZ Haul, Executive Auto Sales, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, and BG Lubricants for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races: 9, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 3, Top 10’s: 6.
ON TAP: Tarlton Motorsports’ next event will be the KWS double header weekend taking place June 11th at Ocean Speedway and June 12th at Placerville Speedway..
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