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Eliason and Antaya Motorsports Third at Bradway Memorial


PETERSEN MEDIA- During one of the most notable events on the King of the West Schedule, Cory Eliason and the Antaya Motorsports team were in the lead mix all night long before settling for a third place finish during Saturday night’s Dave Bradway Jr Memorial in Chico, CA.

“We really had a fast racecar all night long, and were right there with Rico (Abreu) at times,” Cory Eliason said. “Unfortunately on a late restart I didn’t have brakes and about took both of us out, but thankfully we didn’t hit. For the last 12 laps or so I hunt on as best as I could and we still ended up on the podium.”

A total of 37 cars checked into the pit area on Saturday night to take part in the race paying homage to the legendary Bradway, Jr. Timing the Good Guys Rod and Custom Association/Fuel Curve/Fire Protection Management, Inc. sprinter in eighth fastest in time trials, Eliason would finish second in his heat race and move into the all-important Dash.

With a little lady luck on the team’s side, Eliason would find himself on the front row of the front row of the six-lap shootout and by way of the win, he would lead the field to green for the 40-lap Bradway Memorial feature event.

On an extremely rough and tumble Silver Dollar Speedway surface, the feature event would end up being lengthy with several caution flag periods needed for various wrecks.

Running in the third spot after not getting the jump when the race came to life, Eliason would use a restart on the 13th lap to power into the second spot and give chase to Rico Abreu.

With the race never getting into a good green flag run, Eliason would hound Abreu on several restarts but would not quite be able to sneak under him. The final restart came on lap 28, and Eliason would have a big run on the leader as they raced into turns one and two.

Getting under Abreu, Eliason would discover he no longer had brakes and fought to keep himself and Abreu from touching as he continued on in second. Battling with DJ Netto in the closing laps, Eliason would do all he could to wrestle his machine around and fend him off, but when the race concluded Eliason fell back to finish third.

Antaya Motorsports also took part in Friday night’s Silver Dollar Speedway weekly event that was billed as the Bill Brownell Memorial. Timing the TW Performance/Kaeding Performance/Cardinal Paint and Powder entry in ninth fastest, the Kingsburg, CA driver would grab the win in his heat race.

Drawing the five pill in the nightly redraw, Eliason would grid the field from the third row for the 25-lap feature event.

In the opening laps of the ‘A’, Eliason would see cars stack up in turns one and two and would spin his machine out with nowhere to go.

Restarting from the 20th spot, Eliason would go to work on the racy Silver Dollar Speedway. Moving all around the ¼ mile speedway carving through the field, Eliason would salvage his night with a seventh place finish.

“It was a wild weekend for sure, and I am glad we were able to avoid most of the craziness and run well both nights,” Eliason said. “Huge thanks to Brian, Skip, Larry, Josh, and TW for everything they do. Looking forward to getting back in the 20 on Saturday in Placerville, CA.”

Antaya Motorsports would like to thank Good Guys Rod and Custom Association, Fuel Curve, Fire Protection Management, Inc., TW Performance, Kaeding Performance, Cardinal Paint and Powder, Tool World, Maas Brothers Powder Coating, and Shiro’s Collision Center for their support in 2017.

2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 8, Wins: 2, Top 5’s: 3, Top 10’s: 4

ON TAP: Cory Eliason and the Antaya Motorsports team will get right back to work Saturday night as they travel to Placerville, CA for round four of King of the West action.

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