PETERSEN MEDIA- Kyle Hirst flirted with his fourth consecutive King of the West win on Sataurday night, but getting into the cushion late in the feature event would see his right-rear pack full of Placerville Speedway mud and he would finish in the fourth spot.
“We had a great racecar all night, and a car that was right in the mix all night long,” Kyle Hirst said. “We had a great battle going with Willie Croft, but I just hit the cushion a little to hard with about 10-to-go, and we slipped back to fourth. Thanks to my guys for another great night though.”
Checking in at the Placerville Speedway hoping to get a little redemption after a rough first night out with the Tarlton Motorsports team earlier this year, Hirst would time the Roth Motorsports/Elite Landscape Construction/Tarlton and Son, Inc. No. 21x machine in fourth fastest in time trials.
Finishing second in his heat race, Hirst would end up on the front row of the Dash as another competitor was called for a false start. Taking full advantage of the prime starting spot, the Paradise, CA driver would race his way to the win and place his machine on the front row for the 30-Lap A Main event.
When the green flag dropped on the feature event, Hirst was on the loud pedal as he jumped out to the early lead but would have his hands full with brother-in-law, Willie Croft. Keeping Croft at bay for the first 1/3 of the race, the caution would fly on the 11th lap and give the leaders a clear track.
The initial restart would see Hirst go to the bottom in turns one and two and Croft race around the top to take command of the race, but the yellow flag would fly and negate the pass.
The next restart would see Hirst go top shelf to keep the race lead, but the cat and mouse game up front would be entertaining as the two battled with Croft putting Hirst back in the second spot just before the red flag flew on lap 15.
After an extended red flag, Hirst would get the advantage on the restart before a pair of yellows on the 17th lap slowed the race. Back underway, Hirst would continue to lead the way until he made hard contact with the turn four cushion and lost the top spot. With his right-rear wheel packed full of Placerville clay, Hirst would fight a nasty vibration and hang on to finish in the fourth spot.
“I hate it for my guys because they deserved to get another win or at least a podium, but sometimes stuff like this happens,” Hirst said. “Again, I really want to thank everyone with Tarlton Motorsports for their support and thank all of the partners that help keep us going.”
Kyle Hirst and the Tarlton Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Motorsports, Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., Executive Auto Sales, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, Corporate America Investments, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2016 season.
ON TAP: With the KWS taking an extended break, it is unclear at this time if Tarlton Motorsports and Hirst will compete in any races before the August 27th event at the Petaluma Speedway.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-13, Wins-5, Top 5’s-11, Top 10’s-12
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