PETERSEN MEDIA: Following the 4th of July event at Placerville Speedway, Bubba DeCaries felt good about the progress they had made and was eager for Saturday’s event. Despite getting off to a slow start in time trials, DeCaries came alive in racing action and capped the night with a fifth-place finish.
“I messed both my qualifying laps up, but we had good speed and I think we showed that in our heat in the feature,” DeCaires said. “We got into third at one point and had some good battles going before ultimately finishing fifth.”
Timing the Thompson’s Toyota/MaxSells.Net/Morrison Concrete backed No. 94 in 15th fastest in qualifying time trials, DeCaires found himself in the third row of his heat race.
On a slick racing surface, DeCaires had his elbows up as he picked up a couple of positions as he worked his way forward and finished third. The Placerville Speedway format reverts back to qualifying times when lining up the feature event, so while DeCaires looked strong in his heat, he needed to be just as strong in the ‘A’ as he lined up in the 14th starting position.
With the night moving along, the track continued to slick off and the curb built up very nicely on both ends of the speedway as the track offered multiple grooves for the 25-lap finale.
Getting a great jump, DeCaires worked the middle of the Placerville Speedway to perfection as he was able to pick up a lot of ground early. Racing into the Top-10, DeCaires took advantage of a couple of restarts sprinkled into the race as he worked his way into fifth at the race’s halfway point.
Not quite satisfied, DeCaries hooked up in battles with Michael Faccinto and Landon Brooks as he soon found himself in third as he chased after Tanner Carrick and Tony Gomes.
With neither Brooks nor Faccinto letting him get away easy, DeCaires brushed the front stretch wall as he battled his counterparts and navigated traffic and it allowed the duo to get back by.
Slipping back to fifth, DeCaires was still pleased with the result when the race came to an end.
“It was great to run up through the field like we did,” DeCaires noted. “Those nights are good for confidence. If I can get qualifying cleaned up it sets our nights up a little better because starting 14th in these 25-lap races is tough.”
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-11, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-4
ON TAP: DeCaires returns to action on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway.
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