PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading north to the Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA to compete in the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup, Kyle Hirst put together a strong weekend as he ran fourth in the rain-shortened finale on Saturday night.
“We really had a good weekend, and I think we had a better car than our result showed, but we ended up fourth, and now we will look to get back and continue to run well the King of the West,” Hirst said.
During Thursday night’s preliminary action, Hirst timed the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/3H Cattle machine in eighth fastest, putting him in the second row of his heat race.
Powering his way to a second place finish, Hirst transferred to the feature event, and found himself in the 11th position as the feature was inverted off of Dirt Cup points.
After track prep added a lot of moisture to the surface, Hirst put together a very strong run in the feature event.
Wasting no time to move to the front, Hirst was up into the sixth spot on the ninth lap, as he chased after Brock Lemley and Jarrod Peterson.
On the 17th lap, Hirst hooked up in an entertaining battle with Jonathan Allard for the fourth spot with Hirst finally getting the best of Allard, and taking the fifth spot before the caution flew on lap 24.
Getting by Price on the restart, Hirst took the fourth spot, and chased after Peterson for the final spot on the podium, but settled for fourth, and sat Third in Dirt Cup points.
With Fridays prelimaiary night being rained out on Friday as well as on Saturday, Hirst’s third place position locked him into the Saturday night A-Main as well as the A Scramble.
Finishing third in the Scramble, Hirst lined up in the second row for the scheduled 40-lap feature event.
When the race got underway, Hirst held the third spot as he chased after Jason Solwold and race leader Jonathan Allard, only to see the caution fly five laps into the event.
The ensuing restart saw Brock Lemely make a monster move on both Hirst and Solwold, and Hirst found himself in the fourth spot, before a series of yellow flags flew on consecutive laps.
When the race finally got a bit of a green flag run, Hirst chased down Solwold and was able to pass him and move into the third spot by the 15th lap.
With Rico Abreu hot on his tail, the duo hooked up in an entertaining battle as they exchanged slide-jobs with Hirst falling back to the fourth spot, before a red flew on the 20th lap.
Back to action Hirst moved back into third on the 21st lap as race leader, Jonathan Allard came to a stop, and as the rain began to fall, Hirst and brother-in-law, Willie Croft began racing for the third spot, and Croft was able to get the spot as the rain picked up.
On the 24th lap a caution slowed the field, but as this happened heavy rain began to fall, and the race was red flagged. After waiting several minutes for the weather, the race was checkered, and Hirst’s night ended with a fourth place finish.
“I made good laps, and I made some not so good laps, but I am really happy with the effort my team put forward all week,” he said. “The car was there, but the driver made some mistakes, and it was a funky race with all of the cautions, and then the rain. I have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for allowing us to come up here and have some fun.”
Kyle and his Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, 3H Cattle, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Weld Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2013.
2014 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-21, Wins-4, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-17
ON TAP: Hirst and his Roth Motorsports team will take a week off before returning to action on July 11th and 12th at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA for the Howard Kaeding Classic.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected to Kyle by following him on Twitter, @kylehirstracing, or by visiting www.rothmotorsports83.com.
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