Cory Eliason Picks Up Four Top-10’s In Busy Week Of Action
PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking part in a Midwest Speedweek over the last week, Cory Eliason and his Van Dyke Motorsports team faired well as the Californian made his debut at three more tracks and recorded four Top-10 finishes.
“Overall I thought it was a good week for us,” Eliason said. “We saw a little bit of everything and were able to work our way forward and show some good speed.”
Kicking things off on Tuesday night at Rock Rapids, Eliason would get off to a nice start as he would pick up a win in his heat race and qualify for the nightly redraw.
Pulling the eight pill, Eliason would grid the field from the fourth row of the feature event. When the race came to life, Eliason would have some issues with his engine and would find himself falling back through the field.
Falling back as far as the 14th spot, the Kingsburg, CA driver would keep his composure and get his Lucas Oil/Hansen Machine/NAAKE Suspension baked entry moving the right direction. Doing what he could with an engine issue, Eliason would salvage his night with an eighth place finish.
With Wednesday night’s schedule race getting cancelled, Eliason and company would check in at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE on Thursday night.
Lining up in the third row of his heat race with drivers like Jack Dover, Brian Brown, and Terry McCarl all around him, Eliason would hold his own and work his way up to a third place finish, and find himself in the second row of the feature event.
The initial start would see Eliason be the beneficiary of an ill timed moved by a fellow competitor and it would cause front end damage to the Van Dyke Motorsports machine.
Able to make repairs in the work area, Eliason would now find himself in the 22nd starting position. On the wide I-80 Speedway, Eliason showed he had a very strong car as he worked his way through a very stout field of cars.
Fighting his way back through the field, Eliason would salvage his night with an impressive run back up to the seventh spot.
Friday night saw the team check in at the Crawford County Speedway. Having another strong showing in his heat race, Eliason would advance from sixth to third in heat race action, though would find himself in the fifth row for the feature event.
With the track extremely slick and beginning to take rubber as the race came to life, Eliason was very methodical in his moves to make sure he didn’t get freight trained by guys in the rubber.
Patiently making his moves, Eliason would work from his ninth starting spot to finish fifth.
The busy week of racing came to a close on Saturday night as he would make his second career start at the Knoxville Raceway. Timing in 16th fastest in qualifying time trials, Eliason would take advantage of his front row starting position as he would take the win and move into the feature event.
Gridding the field from the 10th starting spot, Eliason had a very strong showing on the ½ mile speedway as he worked his way forward and quickly found himself up in the Top-5.
With the field getting a bit stretched out in the closing stages of the race, Eliason would get just a tick tight in one corner, and the slight bobble would allow Craig Dollansky and Sammy Swindell to both get by and relegate Eliason to the seventh spot where he finished.
“It was a really busy week for us, and I have to thank everyone that helped us out when they could,” Eliason said. “It is pretty neat seeing so many new tracks and having good speed off the bat, so hopefully the ones we get back to, we can run even better.”
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- 24, Wins-6, Top-5’s-10, Top-10’s-17
ON TAP: Eliason and the Van Dyke Motorsports team will be at the Park Jefferson Speedway on Thursday night, the Jackson Motorplex on Friday night and at the Badlands Speedway on Saturday night.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Cory Eliason by following him on Twitter @Cory_Eliason.
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