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Cory Eliason and Van Dyke Motorsports Ready For Knoxville Nationals


PETERSEN MEDIA: Continuing to get laps in the Midwest, Cory Eliason and the Van Dyke Motorsports team are ready to take part in the Knoxville 410ci and 360ci Nationals.

“We have raced a lot the last few weeks and I am feeling pretty comfortable heading into the Knoxville Nationals,” Cory Eliason said.

Another four-race week for the team saw Eliason and company check in at the Park Jefferson Speedway on Thursday night to battle with ASCS National tour.

On a tricky surface, Eliason would grid the field form the 16th starting spot. Though passing would be tough in the feature, the Kingsburg, CA driver would carve his way up into the Top-10 only to get a piece of an accident that would send him to the back of the pack.

Repeating his performance, Eliason would work his way back forward once the action resumed and would close his night out with a 12th place finish.

Heading to the Jackson Motorplex on Friday night, Eliason and the Van Dyke Motorsports team opted to utilize a back up engine and save their primary for the upcoming Nationals.

A little underpowered, Eliason would time in 24th quickest before finishing seventh in his heat race. Lining up on the front row of the B Main, Eliason would chase after Terry McCarl for much of the race. Looking to driver around McCarl, contact with Brooke Tatnell would bring Eliason’s night to an end.

One final visit to the Knoxville Raceway before the Nationals on Saturday night would see Eliason time the Lucas Oil/Hansen Machine/NAAKE Suspension backed No. 5h in 25th quickest.

Finishing seventh in his heat race, Eliason would go from sixth to fourth in the B to make the A Main where he would line up in the 24th starting position. Working the bottom of the famed ½ mile speedway, Eliason would get up as high as the 11th spot until the bottom began to slow down.

Trying to work the top of the track in the last laps of the race, Eliason would slip back and finish in the 15th spot.

The busy week of racing would come to a close on Sunday night as he followed the NSL to the Hancock County Speedway for a Sunday night showing.

With the track extremely slick in time trials, Eliason would make the best of going out late as he timed in 11th fastest.

Picking up the heat race win, Eliason would grid the field from the fifth row for the 20-lap feature event.

The Hancock County Speedway would take rubber in the early stages of the feature event, and Eliason would make his move while he could. Making a big move around two cars, Eliason would take over the eighth spot. As the field continued to use the bottom groove, no more passing opportunities would arise, and Eliason would finish eighth.

“It was good to move forward each night, and I am hoping we can have a good showing in the 360ci Nationals this week,” Eliason said. “We have raced well at Knoxville all month, and hopefully we can show that on the big stage.”

The Van Dyke Motorsports team would like to thank Lucas Oil, Hansen Machine, NAAKE Suspension, Maxim Chassis, and Moyle Racing Engines for their support during the year.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 28, Wins-6, Top-5’s-10, Top-10’s-18

ON TAP: Eliason and the Van Dyke Motorsports team will take to the Knoxville Raceway this week for the 360ci Nationals as they are set to qualify on Thursday night.

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