PETERSEN MEDIA- Moving one step closer to claiming the 2015 King of Kings 360 Championship, Cory Eliason picked up a third place finish at the Keller Auto Speedway on Friday night before rebounding to finish 10th with the King of the West Series on Saturday night.
“Friday night we got going really good, but a untimely yellow flag flew when we were in traffic, and it ended up giving us open track for the finale few laps,” Eliason said.
Timing his Driven Performance/Reitz Almond Harvesting/GC Trucking No. 00 entry in fourth quick during qualifications, Eliason would pick up a third place finish in his heat race.
Finishing sixth in the night’s Dash, the Kingsburg, CA driver would run in the fifth spot for the first five laps, before he would take advantage of a lap seven caution. On the restart, Eliason would watch Jonathan Allard and Tommy Tarlton fight for the position in front of him before he would get by Allard for the fourth spot on the 11th lap, and get by Tarlton for third a lap later.
Setting his sights on Kyle Hirst and Craig Stidham amidst heavy traffic, the caution flag would fly on lap 16 and give the leaders clear track. Though Eliason would feel pressure from Tarlton, he would keep the position, and take the checkered flag in the third spot.
Returning to the Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday night to battle with the King of the West Series, Eliason would time the Ultra Grown/Advanced Auto and Smog/RE Technologies entry in 14th fastest. Missing the heat race inversion, Eliason would finish in his heat putting him in the seventh row of the 30-lap A Main.
The A Main would get off to an extremely wild start with numerous stoppages preventing the race to get a lap in. Unfortunately one of the yellows would be for Eliason as he spun his machine out in turns one and two, but there would be no damage, and he would be able tag the rear of the field.
When the race finally got going, Eliason would get moving forward as he would work up into the 11th spot when the yellow waived on the fifth lap. Falling back as far as 13th after the open red flag, Eliason would work his way forward and salvage his night with a 10th place finish.
“We just got into the grease in one and two on one of the starts and spun around,” Eliason said. “I though we were decent, and I think that showed as we were able to work forward.”
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 will now take a couple of weekends off before returning to the Keller Auto Speedway on October 9th for the final Duinkerken Farms King of Kings event.
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