PETERSEN MEDIA- Jonathan Allard got off to a strong start during the Saturday night feature event during the Trophy Cup, but battling brake issues, Allard would finish 11th in the feature event and 13th overall in the Trophy Cup standings.
“My guys worked hard for me all weekend long, and I thought we had something in Saturday night feature event,” Allard said. “Unfortunately we had some brake issues that hindered us, but I was proud of our effort after we were able to rectify the situation under the open red.”
A wild 2015 Trophy Cup saw both preliminary nights squeezed into Friday after a storm dumped on Thunderbowl Raceway on Thursday night. For the Thursday part of the show, Allard was able to time the Tri-C Manufacturing/K&N/ButlerBuilt no. 3C entry in 11th fastest.
Working his way forward from the third row of his heat, the Chico, CA driver would pick up a third place finish but would end up in the B Main with the way the format worked.
Finishing fourth in the B, Allard would transfer into the ‘Thursday’ feature event where he would take the green flag from the 16th starting position. With the first program taking place during the heat of the day, the race track stayed in great shape and was extremely racy for the feature event. Able to make some big moves during the 30-lapper, Allard was able to take the checkered flag in the seventh spot, and give his team confidence heading into the nighttime program.
Getting off to a great start during the Friday program, Allard would time in fourth fastest before getting upside down in his heat. Able to restart, Allard would ultimately pull into the infield with more issues, but his point total would get him into the A Main event.
Gridding the field from the 19th starting position, the track was still in fine shape for the second feature event form the day. Early issues would see Allard endure top wing damage, and then on the 11th lap the repairs to his wing came undone, and the wing peeled back causing him to spin out and bring his night to an early end.
Sitting 11th in points heading into Saturday night, Allard would finish fifth in his heat race, and sit 15th in points heading into the feature event, where he would line up in the 10th starting position.
Moving forward in the first part of the race, Allard found himself up in the sixth spot when the red flag waived on lap 20. At this time crews were allowed on to the speedway to make adjustments to their cars.
The ensuing restart would see the red flag waive again, and at this time Allard was forced to give up his track position and head to the work area with brake issues.
Able to make the fix, Allard would get back on track and work his way forward from the back of the pack.
With rubber going down late in the race, Allard was able to work his way back up to the 11th spot when the checkered flag waived on the 50-lap A Main.
“Friday was a tough day for everyone, but my guys thrashed, and worked very hard,” Allard said. “I think we might have had something for the race win, but we had to give up a ton of track position, but a huge thanks to my guys for getting us back on track.”
Allard would like to thank Tri-C Manufacturing, K&N, ButlerBuilt, Amerikote, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Red Line Oil, KSE Racing Products, Weld Wheels, NGK Spark Plugs, FK Rod Ends, Hunt Magnetos, Longacre Products, RCM Design, Ti64, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, AL Driveline, and Hoosier Tire for their support.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-64, Wins-10, Top 5’s-29, Top 10’s-43.
ON TAP: Allard and his Tri-C Motorsports team will either be at the Marysville Raceway on Saturday night for the Gold Fever Open, or in Hanford, CA for the Cotton Classic.
STAY CONNECTED: For more information on Jonathan, including upcoming events, pictures, and news please check out http://www.allardmotorsports.com, or follow JA on twitter @Allard_ja.
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