PETERSEN MEDIA: Climbing aboard both the Josh Ford Motorsports No. 73 car and the Mike Sala No. 19 machine over the weekend, Steven Tiner would experience a little bit of bad luck in both of his outings.
“It’s always unfortunate to have bad luck when you get an opportunity to drive for another team, but I am really appreciative for the opportunity both Josh Ford Motorsports, and Mike Sala gave me over the weekend,” Steven Tiner said.
Friday night, Tiner and the JFM team would travel to the Ocean Speedway to take on the King of the West Series. Timing in 17th fastest in time trials, Tiner and company worked hard to find a comfort level for the Visalia, CA driver.
Running sixth in his heat race, Tiner would grid the field for the 30-lap feature event from the 17th starting position. Continuing to work hard, Tiner looked to have a strong car when the feature event went green. Looking for open real estate while stuck in the middle of the pack, Tiner would make contact with a car that was slowing in front of him, and front end damage would bring his night to an early end on the 10th lap.
Saturday night saw Tiner travel to the Placerville Speedway to climb aboard the famed Mike Sala No. 19 machine for a night of 360ci inching. On a slick Placerville Speedway, Tiner would time in 12th fastest in qualifying time trials before racing his way to a convincing win in his heat race.
Moving into the Top-Eight redraw, Tiner would find himself with the vaunted eight pill, meaning he would line up in the fourth row for the 25-lap feature event. Watching the track continue to slick off as the night went on, Tiner would find himself running in the seventh spot of the A Main, as he battled with Michael Kofoid and Kyler Shaw.
On the 16th lap, Tiner would feel a spring break on his throttle pedal, and as he went to slow the car down getting into turn one, he would be forced to spin his machine to a stop with his brakes fading.
“I had an absolute blast working with both teams,” Tiner added. “It is tough to really get comfortable in a car for one night, but everyone was willing to do what it took and I can’t thank all involved enough. Hopefully in the future I can team back up with either of them teams and race with them again.”
Steven and his Steven Tiner Racing team would like to thank Larry Davis Farms, Wright Process Systems, Deli Delicious, Fisher Racing Engines, Harvest Supply, Powder Coat-It, SRP, Wilwood, FSR, XYZ Machine, DMI, Dan Olson Race Products, HRP, Sander Engineering, Sweet Manufacturing, Schoenfeld, and Roseville Precision for their continued support.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-13, Wins-3, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-8
ON TAP: Steven Tiner will now head to the Northwest where he is scheduled to compete at the Gray’s Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA this Friday and Saturday night.