Late Race Incident Sours Steven Tiner’s Night with C&M Motorsports
PETERSEN MEDIA- Climbing back aboard the C&M Motorsports No. 7c on Saturday night in Placerville, CA, Steven Tiner had another strong run going with the team until an incident late in the race relegated him to a 15th place finish.
“Saturday night the track was really technical, which is not my cup of tea since being away from racing for a while, but once we got going, I felt really good,” Steven Tiner said. “Unfortunately, while we were battling hard the yellow came out and I got caught in a bad spot and ended up getting over on my side after trying everything to avoid contact with cars slowing in front of us.”
After racking a Top-Five with C&M Motorsports back in July, Tiner returned to the seat on Saturday night and got off to a decent start as he timed the Legacy Specialties/Lund Construction/Anrak backed No. 7c in 13th fastest in qualifying time trials.
Tiner’s qualifying effort put him on the front row of his heat race where a win made him eligible for the feature event redraw. With the first start being waived off due to an incident, the second start put Tiner alongside Andy Forsberg.
When the race came to life, Tiner and Forsberg battled hard, but it was Tiner holding the advantage. Keeping the No. 7c glued to the bottom of the speedway, Tiner raced on to grab the win and advanced into the redraw where the eight pill lined him up in the fourth row for the impending 25-lap feature event.
As the feature event came to life following a lap one yellow, Tiner was patient as he searched around the tricky surface from his fourth row starting position. Running in sixth, Tiner used a lap 11 restart to power into fifth as he then began to battle with Shane Hopkins and Andy Forsberg.
A myriad of yellows created restarts, and Tiner was able to work his way into fourth. Following a lap 21 stoppage, Tiner hooked up in a torrid battle with Shane Hopkins for third and as they duked it out for two laps, a yellow flag would fly but it would come at a cost for Tiner.
Amidst that torrid battle cars would begin to slow rapidly and trying to avoid heavy contact and get slowed down, Tiner would take evasive action and it would result in the C&M Motorsports getting over on its side.
With no severe damage, Tiner would restart for the final four laps as he ended up with a 15th place finish.
“I really thought we were going to get Cody and Mandi another good finish,’ Tiner said. “I am really appreciative of the giving me a chance despite not racing a lot as of late, but I feel like I get better each time out.”
The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank Legacy Specialties Inc., Lund Construction, Anrak, Sam Rhodes, Alturas Tires, Swartz Diesel, PT Shocks, Creason Enterprises, and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.
ON TAP: C&M Motorsports will be back in action at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night with Steven Tiner back behind the wheel.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-16, Wins-1, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-10
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