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Dawson Hammes Fights Adversity at Fall Nationals

PETERSEN MEDIA: Returning to Chico, CA over the weekend with some confidence after running well at the Gold Cup, Dawson Hammes and the Hammes Motorsports team were faced with adversity during both nights of the Fall Nationals.

“Friday night we had issues all night it seemed, and we eventually broke a rear end in the last chance qualifier race, and we weren’t able to roll out for our heat race,” Hammes said. “Saturday night we got off to a better start, but we just weren’t able to race our way out of the ‘B’.”

With 67 cars on hand to open the Fall Nationals up on Friday night in Chico, CA, a qualifying miscue forced Dawson Hammes into one of the two Last Chance Qualifiers to become eligible for a heat race.

Running third in his LCQ, Hammes transferred into a heat race, but after the race it was deemed he had a broken rear-end and didn’t have enough time to make a switch, and it unfortunately brough his night to an early end.

Spending Saturday morning making repairs to the Voodue Company/Movement Brewing/STS Farming backed No. 55D, Hammes and team were set to take part in the Fall Nationals finale.

With 66 cars checked back in for the final event of the year at Silver Dollar Speedway, Hammes would time in 12th fastest in his group, and was forced into another LCQ with only the Top-11 qualifiers locked into a heat race.

Running second in his LCQ, Hammes locked into a heat race where he was able to race from 12th to 9th and secure a spot in the night’s ‘B’ Main, where he would have one final opportunity to transfer into the 40-lap feature event.

Lining up 15th in the 12-lap ‘B’, Hammes was in an uphill battle with only four tickets to the feature event up for grabs. With the track still extremely fast in the semi, Hammes would get a couple of positions during the early laps, but as the field strung out he was stuck back in 13th where he ultimately brought his night to an end.

‘It was a tough weekend against a really tough field of cars, but one of those deals we will learn from as a team,” Hammes said. “I want to thank my family and my friends for their continued help and support over the weekend.”

Hammes Motorsports would like to thank Voodue Company, Movement Brewing, STS Farming, All About Fire Protection, Summit Partners Burbank Agency, Harper Inc., and Ace Attorney Services for their continued support.

ON TAP: Hammes will return to action at Marysville Raceway on October 29th for the annual Spooktacular.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with Dawson Hammes by following him on Twitter @Hammer55D, or on Instagram @dawson_hames55d.

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