Bubba DeCaires Logs Laps at Thunderbowl Raceway During Dennis Roth Classic
PETERSEN MEDIA: Looking to venture out and run at a variety of tracks in 2023, Bubba DeCaires spent the weekend in Tulare, CA battling with the King of Thunder 360’s at Thunderbowl Raceway. Though his results weren’t what he had hoped, DeCaires was happy with a couple of different things his team learned.
“Friday, we struggled with a balance on our car, and that forced us to change some things for Saturday,” DeCaries said. “We were definitely heading in the right direction with our adjustments all night Saturday, and I think that gives us a great starting point for when we get back to Tulare, CA in a couple of weeks.”
Friday night, DeCaires got the weekend opened up by timing the Thompson’s Toyota/Morrison Concrete/MaxSells.Net backed No. 94 in 15th quickest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up in the third row of his heat race, the Elk Grove, CA driver finished fifth and put himself in the eight row of the 25-lap feature event. On a very fast racing surface, DeCaires quickly jumped into 12th as he had his sights set on a spot in the Top-10.
Running in 12th much of the opening half of the race, DeCaires moved into 11th on the 16th lap and began pressuring for 10th. Taking over the 10th position on lap 20, DeCaires would run into issues on the 21st lap as a broken torsion stopped forced him to pull his entry into the infield and bring his night to an early end.
Making some changes in preparation for Saturday’s action, DeCaires timed in 10th fastest to bring Saturday’s action to life.
Finishing fourth in his heat race, DeCaires found himself in the 11th starting spot in the 20-lap feature event. With the race getting off to a slow start with a myriad of stoppages, DeCaires was able to get rolling once the race got into a groove.
Able to get into seventh, more stoppages would slow the pace of the race, and for DeCaries restarts were unkind on this night. Falling back to 10th, DeCaires would slowly slip back in the final laps as he capped the night off with a 13th place finish.
“I was really happy with how things felt on Saturday,” DeCaires noted. “Before our race they did some track work, and we didn’t go far enough on our changes, and it hurt us in the closing laps. Besides that, I think we are on the right track, and I’m looking forward to trying again very soon.”
DeCaires would like to thank Thompson’s Toyota, Morrison Concrete, MaxSells.Net, Wion’s Body Shop, and El Dorado Hills Landscaping for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-3, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-1
ON TAP: DeCaires will idle this weekend, but will return to the Thunderbowl on April 29th.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Bubba DeCaires by following him on Twitter @G5DeCaires or on Instagram @gregdecaires94.
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