PETERSEN MEDIA- Though he got off to a slow start on Saturday night in Antioch, CA, Tony Gualda ended on a high note as he was able to advance from the 21st starting position and finish seventh with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.
“We got off to a slow start which I thought may be tough to rebound from with such a tough field, but Heavy D and Cody gave me a good car all night long, and we really ended up having a great night,” Tony Gualda said.
Taking to the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, CA for the sixth SCCT event of the 2017 season, Gualda would get off to a rough start in time trials as he would time in 27th fastest of the 29 cars checked into the pit area.
With his work cut out for him in heat race action, Gualda would line the PitStopUSA/Autism Awareness/Pacific Highway Rentals backed No. 7c machine up shotgun on the field in his heat race as he carved his way forward to finish sixth.
Forced into the semi, the Hollister, CA product would grid the field from the 10th starting position, and would need to finish in the Top-Six to keep his night rolling. Making a couple of impressive moves, Gualda would pocket the fifth spot at the finish line and grid the field from the 21st starting position for what was a scheduled 40-lap ‘A’ Main event.
From the back of the pack, Gualda would carry over the momentum from the semi as he began working his way forward from the drop of the green flag. Working his way towards the Top-10 a caution on the 10th lap would begin a trend of stoppages on this night.
Using double file restarts to his advantage, Gualda would soon find himself up in the Top-10 as the race reached the regularly scheduled halfway point. Climbing into the seventh spot by the 20th circuit, Gualda would make a daring move to take over the fifth spot only to see the red flag waive and negate his pass.
Losing his spots, Gualda would go back to seventh, and as the race resumed the checkered would be displayed to the field just two laps later on the 25th lap as the 11pm curfew had been reached.
With his 7th place finish, Gualda earned Hard Charger honors on this night.
“We turned a lot of laps on Saturday night, and I had a blast and learned a lot,” Gualda added. “Again, huge thanks to everyone on this team for all of their hard work.”
The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank PitStopUSA, Autism Awareness, Pacific Highway Rentals, Moorefield Construction, Inc., PT Shocks, Swartz Diesel, 51 Fifty Energy Drink, Alturas Tires, and Velocity Race Gear and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.
ON TAP: The C&M Motorsports and Tony Gualda will be in action on Saturday night in Calistoga, CA.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-15, Wins-0, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-9.
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