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PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking in three nights of action over the weekend with the World of Outlaws, Kyle Hirst made his debut at all three tracks, as he picked up a pair of Top-15 finishes with his Roth Motorsports team.
“It was a tough weekend for sure, but it was exciting, and a big learning weekend for myself,” Kyle Hirst said.
Hitting the Salina High Banks on Friday night in Salina, OK, Hirst would time the Roth Enterprises/3H Cattle/HR Livestock Transportation No. 83 in 24th quickest before finishing eighth in his heat race.
Lining up sixth in the Last Chance Showdown, the Chico, CA resident would continue to get comfortable on the new track, as he worked his way to a fourth place finish, and transferred into the feature event.
Lining up 22nd for the 25-lap feature event, Hirst would pick up where left off in the LCS, as he slowly picked up positions. When the checkered flag waived on the feature event, Hirst had worked his way up to a 15th place finish.
“We did pretty well in the B and the A, I just did us no favors by where I timed in,” he said.
Saturday night, the scene shifted to the high banked I 55 Speedway in Pevely, MO. With 33 cars checked into the speedway, Hirst would again time his entry in 24th quickest in time trials.
Lining up in the third row of his heat race, the two-time and defending King of the West Champion was able to pick up a few spots, as he would work his way into the fourth spot, where he would finish, and transfer directly into the feature event.
Lining up in the 10th row, Hirst was again able to move forward as he took to the tricky 1/3 mile facility. Racing with Hunter Schurenburg and Bryan Clauson, Hirst would close his night with a 15th place finish for the second night in a row.
Sunday night brought Hirst and companies third race of the weekend, as they took to the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN.
After again timing in 24th fastest, Hirst would finish in the fifth and final transfer spot in his heat race, and move into the feature event.
A wild start to the race, saw another car come in contact with Hirst. Gathering his machine up, Hirst focused in on moving forward from his 23rd starting spot. In a race that saw action all over, Hirst came in contact with an out of shape car, causing damage to his nosewing as his machine came to a stop in turn three. Restarting from the tail end of the field, Hirst would pick up a few positions as he fought his machine.
As the race drew to a close, Hirst would cross the finish with an 18th place finish.
“It is not the kind of finishes this team, nor myself, want, but we are still figuring each other out,” Hirst said. “I have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for giving me this chance, and have to thank all of the guys on this team for working so hard with me to get this thing going in the right direction.”
The 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 2015.
2015 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-4, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0.
ON TAP: Hirst and Roth Motorsports will be back in action this Friday and Saturday night at the Eldora Speedway.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their new website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, and by following David on Twitter @davidgravel83.
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