PETERSEN MEDIA- Amidst a strong showing during the Saturday night feature at the 22nd Annual Trophy Cup in Tulare, CA contact on a restart sent Kyle Hirst upside down and brought his Trophy Cup to a rough end.
“I have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for providing us with great equipment, and giving me a chance to win this race on Saturday night,” Kyle Hirst said. “We had an awesome car but contact restart got the best of us.”
A wild 22nd Annual Trophy Cup saw both preliminary nights run on Friday as a storm drenched the area during time trials on Thursday night. Timing in seventh fastest for the Thursday show and 29th fastest for the Friday show, Hirst would have a tale of two heat races.
Getting upside down during the Thursday heat race, Hirst would win the C main, but not get out of the B Main, and his break would start earlier than he would have liked.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race for the Friday night program, Hirst knew it was important to get the win, and he would lead all eight laps as he earned a spot in the 30-lap A Main event.
Finding himself in the 24th starting spot, Hirst was able to run a very smart race as the immaculately prepared Thunderbowl Raceway allowed for great racing. Able to avoid an early wreck in front of him, Hirst was able to race his way inside the Top-10 as he battled with Justyn Cox and Mitchell Faccinto.
Taking advantage in a couple more drivers misfortune at the race’s halfway point, Hirst found himself just outside of the Top-Five. Able to get into the fifth spot in the closing laps, Hirst would salvage his night with a fifth place finish and sat 19th in event points heading into Saturday.
Picking up a third place finish during his heat race, Hirst would sit 16th in points and line up in the fifth row for the 50-lap A Main event. Another racy Thunderbowl Raceway saw Hirst again move forward. Benefitting from a trio of drivers dropping out in front of in the first few laps, Hirst quickly found himself in the sixth spot.
Working his way up to the fourth spot by the 20th lap, the red flag would fly and officials would use this stoppage as the scheduled red flag period.
When the action got back underway, contact getting into turns one and two would send KH upside down, and his night would come to an end.
“I know it is part of racing, but in a race that long, and on a restart like that it didn’t sit well with me, and I hate it for my guys, and this team,” Hirst said. “We were really good, and I thought we had a shot at the race win. Again, I just want to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for their support, and I wish I would have had a shot to try and get them a win Saturday night.”
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, KW Suspension, and Astro Titanium for their support in 2015.
2015 ROTH MOTORSPORTS BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-36, Wins-6, Top 5’s-18, Top 10’s-23
ON TAP: Kyle Hirst and the Roth Motorsports team will be back in action on Saturday night with the King of the West Series at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA for the Cotton Classic.
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