PETERSEN MEDIA- Having a tough start to the Trophy Cup over the weekend, Ryan Bernal came rallied strong on Friday night to set himself up for Saturday night where he was able to race his way into the 50-lap finale.
“We kind of ended up in bad spots early in the weekend, but the guys really stuck with me and we made some noise Friday night and that helped us a ton for Saturday,” Ryan Bernal said.
Timing in 31st fastest in his group on Thursday night aboard the Tarlton and Son, Inc./EZ Haul/Executive Auto Sales No. 21 machine, the Hollister, CA native would finish sixth in his heat race.
Locking into B Main No. 1 after all the heats were complete, Bernal would take the green flag from the 19th starting position. Picking up a couple of positions over the course of the semi, Bernal’s opener would come to a close as he finished 14th in the semi.
Back in action on Friday night, Bernal would get his night started off of a much better note as he timed in 12thfastest in qualifying time trials. Moving into heat race, action a roll over would see Bernal’s heat come to an end as he again found himself in another ‘B’.
Lining up 16th in the first ‘B’ on Friday night, things would go much differently for Bernal than they did on Thursday. With his elbows up and points on the line, Bernal would pass cars at will as he eyed one of the four transfer positions into the feature event.
Passing cars a lap at a time, Bernal would wow on lookers as he surged forward and took the fourth and final transfer position into the feature event during the closing laps of the ‘B’.
Moving into the feature event, Bernal would still have his work cut out for himself as he would take the green flag from the 24th starting position. With each position a very valuable point towards Saturday night, Bernal would continue to work his way forward just as he did in the semi.
With the dust settled on the 30-lap feature event, Bernal had worked his way up to 11th and put himself in a good position to race into the Saturday night feature event.
Lining up third in his heat race on Saturday night, Bernal would pick up a position as he would finish in second and put him 23rd overall in points after heat races, which meant he would line up in the second row of the 25-lap ‘B’.
Racing his way to the front, Bernal would spend much of the race running up front until seeing Justyn Cox briefly overtake him for the top spot. Still in a transfer position, Bernal would grab the win on the final lap and earn the 20th starting position in the 50-lap feature event.
Mired in the back of the pack on a very fast racing surface, Bernal would slowly begin working his way forward as he would get up to 18th just past the race’s halfway point.
After going down a lap to the leaders, Bernal would make the decision to call it a night and not risk tearing up equipment on the daunting Thunderbowl Raceway surface.
“It was really fun to rebound on Friday night like we did, and really salvage our night and put us in a good spot,” Bernal said. “Unfortunately, in the ‘A’, the leader was setting a pretty intense pace and put us down a lap. Once that happened, I made the decision to race another day, and called it a weekend. I really want to thank Tom and Tommy Tarlton, as well as Paul Baines and the entire Tarlton Motorsports crew.”
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: 30, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 3, Top 10’s: 9.
ON TAP: Tarlton Motorsports will be back in action on Friday night at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA as well as on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park for a pair of KWS events.
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