PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking part in California’s crowned jewel event in what was his first appearance at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway, Joel Myers Jr turned in a respectable performance that culminated with him finishing 15thin the Saturday night B after a total of 85 cars took part in the 27th Trophy Cup.
“Trophy Cup was definitely an experience,” Joel Myers Jr said. “It is an event where you have to on your game each time you hit the track, and with it being my first time every seeing the place, we went into it in a bit of a hole, but it was fun and I learned quite a few different things.”
Thursday night’s opener saw Myers get off to a bit of a slow start as he timed in 26th fastest in his qualifying flight. Continuing to adapt to the 1/3 mile track, the Sebastopol, CA driver would line the All About Fire Protection/Dirt Dudes/Amerikote backed No. 46jr machine up in the seventh spot in his heat race.
Finishing seventh, Myers would move into a B Main where he would take the green flag from the 18th starting position. With the track widening out, Myers would work around the speedway as he climbed his way up to a 12thplace finish.
Friday night marked a fresh night at the Trophy Cup with driver’s taking their better points total of the two preliminary nights to Saturday’s finale.
Timing in fifth fastest in qualifying on this night, a greasy racing surface would see Myers get tight on the start as would lose a spot and fall to sixth. Finishing in the sixth position, Myers Jr would again move into the ‘B’ where he would start on the front row.
Taking on some of the best in California in his ‘B’ on this night, Myers would be right in the thick of things as he challenged for a transfer position up until the final stages of the semi. In a multi car battle for the final transfer spot, ‘Jr’ would end up taking the checkered flag in seventh, which brought an end to his night.
Saturday night’s finale kicked off with heat race qualifiers as one final shot for drivers to improve their point positioning. Running sixth in his heat, Myers Jr would make himself eligible for the “B” as he would take the green form the 20th starting position.
Getting off to a slow start, Myers would run in the back as he went to work on the high side of the speedway, as he put his right-rear on the Thunderbowl Raceway wall. With the track changing over the course of the 25-lap race, Myers would adapt as he started to work his way forward.
As Myers Jr gained speed in the ‘B’, trouble would strike on the 17th lap as cars would get out of shape in front of him clogging the track and leaving him nowhere to go but into the fray.
With his crew and some additional help working frantically in the work area, they were able to get the 15-year-old pilot back on to the track.
In the final eight laps, Myers would pick up a few of his lost positions as he took the checkered in the 15th spot and officially finished 40th in points.
“I am greateful to have had the opportunity to compete, and hope we can get some more laps in Tulare, CA before next year’s event,” Myers Jr said. “We still have a few race weekends left and am hoping we can finish this season out srong.”
Joel Myers Jr Racing would like to thank All About Fire Protection, Dirt Dudes, Amerikote, PitStopUSA, Y2K Gaming, Shark Racing Engines, Lucas Oil, Vaider, L Delo Designs, Factory Kahne Shocks, Walker Performance Filtration, ShopRico.Com, Tiner Hirst Enterprise, Kaeding Performance, and Triple X Race Co. for their continued support.
ON TAP: Myers Jr is now set for his first ever visit to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA this weekend during the 27th Trophy Cup.
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with ‘Jr’ by following him on Twitter @Racing46Jr, Instagram @Racing46jr, or by ‘Liking’ him on facebook at www.facebook.com/JoelMyersJr.
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