PETERSEN MEDIA- Spending the last week at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA for the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions, Cory Eliason’s week would be highlighted by a ninth place effort during the Wednesday night Civil War Series program.
“It was a week that did not go how I had hoped with the World of Outlaws,” Cory Eliason said. “I had some bad luck, and just got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on a couple of occasions.”
Climbing aboard the Friends and Family Racing No. x1 machine on Wednesday night to open the Gold Cup, Eliason would time in 13th fastest of the 50 cars checked in for the night of racing.
Racing his way to a win during his heat race, Eliason would transfer into the Dash, where a seventh place finish would line him up in the fourth row on what was a very slick Silver Dollar Speedway.
With rubber eminent, Eliason would settle into the ninth spot as cars jockeyed for position with rubber going down on the surface in the first few laps. As the rubber went down, passing would go out the window as most drivers stayed committed to the rubber.
As the race would click off laps quick, Eliason would hang to finish in the ninth spot.
Climbing aboard his own Driven Performance/Reitz Almond Harvesting/GC Trucking No. 00 machine to take on the World of Outlaws, Eliason would time in eighth fastest in his flight, and earn a front row starting spot in his heat race.
Finishing second in what was an eventful heat, Eliason would transfer into the 30-lap feature event where he lined up in the eighth row.
A lap 7 restart would prove to be rough for the Kingsburg, CA driver was contact would knock his front end out, and his night would come to an early end.
Eliason’s bad luck would follow him to Saturday night’s finale as a radiator failure during hot laps would see him miss his qualifying spot, and be forced to take time at the end of the session.
Able to time in 11th fastest, Eliason would get moved out of the way as his heat race went green, and would end up finishing in the 10th spot.
Lining up third in the Last Chance Showdown, Eliason would miss the set up, and have his hands full with his machine as he slipped back through the field. His Gold Cup would come to a close as he finished in the eight position of the LCS.
“It wasn’t the weekend I was hoping for, but I had some fun,” Eliason said. “I really want to thank everyone who lends me a hand on my car, as well as the F&F guys for letting me drive for them on Wednesday night.”
Cory and his Eliason Racing team would like to thank Driven Performance, Reitz Almond Harvesting, GC Trucking, Ultra Grown, Advanced Auto and Smog, RE Technologies, Rider Racing Engines, Eliason Racing Composites, and Shell Shock for their continued support.
ON TAP: Eliason is now set for two nights of action at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA this weekend. Friday night will be a 360ci show, while Saturday night he takes on the King of the West Series.
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