JA Strong In Return To Racing

PETERSEN MEDIA- After taking a couple of weekends off from racing to return home to New Zealand, Jonathan Allard was strong in his return as he picked up the win during the Tyler Wolfe Memorial to wrap up the car-owner championship for Clyde and Marion Lamar, and then finished third during the Johnny Key Classic.

“After Carson Macedo won last week, and tried to take my job, I knew I had to come out strong,” Allard joked. “My guys did a great job while I was gone, and I was glad we could come out so strong and wrap Clyde and Marion Lamar’s championship up. I also want to thank Carson Macedo and Bobby McMahan for helping us out while I was gone.”

Making one final start at the Silver Dollar Speedway before the Gold Cup Race of Champions, Allard would time the Tri-C Manufacturing/ButlerBuilt/K&N backed No. 3c machine in seventh fastest in time trials.

Picking up the heat race win, ‘JA’ would pull the two-pill during the redraw, and would line up on the front row of the feature event alongside Kyle Hirst. Running in the second spot for the first few laps, Allard would make his move exiting turn four on lap 10 to take command of the race officially on lap 11.

Running a very strong race, Allard would feel pressure from Tyler Walker in the race’s homestretch, as Walker took the lead from him on the 20th. Getting back into the top spot a lap pater, Allard would get out of shape on the turn two cushion on lap 23, and Walker would again get back by.

Getting into turn three, Allard would let it all hang out as he rode the Silver Dollar Speedway back around Walker and went on to win his seventh race of the year at his home track, and clinch the car owner championship for his team.

Heading to the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night for the Johnny Key Classic, Allard would line up in the fourth spot for the feature event, after locking into the race by way of his Silver Dollar Fair Race win back in May.

The 50-lap race would come to life, and Allard would battle with the likes of Justin Sanders and Shane Golobic during the opening stages as he chased after race leader, Andy Forsberg.

As the race fell into a caution plagued funk during the middle part of the first segment, Allard would make a serious charge for the race lead on a lap 23 restart, but as he got side by side with the leader, the lap 25 scheduled caution flag would fly.

With rubber starting to go down just before the halfway point, Allard and company new the restart would be critical. When the race resumed, Allard and Bud Kaeding would battle for the second spot, and the 2014 Gold Cup Champion would run in the third spot as the rubber continued to go down, and passing became difficult lap after lap.

Hitting his marks, Allard would come across the finish line with his 26th top-five finish of the season.

“It felt good to be back in the car, and hopefully we can take this momentum with us into the Gold Cup,” Allard said. “That race is really special to me, and I would love to have another strong showing.”

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-49, Wins-10, Top 5’s-26, Top 10’s-32.

 ON TAP: Allard will take this week off to prepare for the upcoming Gold Cup Race of Champions that kicks off on September 9th at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.

 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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