PETERSEN MEDIA: Austin Liggett was part of a multi car battle for the race lead at Placerville Speedway that had fans on the edge of their seat. Though the final result is a fourth, Liggett showcased a very stout car during the 30-lap feature event.
“The end result is a bummer with how good our car was, and how fun that race was,” Austin Liggett said. “We had a great race going that I know the fans enjoyed, and if it wasn’t for hitting the curb in turns 1-2 wrong, our finish definitely would have been better.”
With 23 cars checking in for USAC Western States Midget Series action at Placerville Speedway, Liggett timed the Excel Environmental Services/Liggett Trucking/Tool Technology backed No. 83 in sixth fastest in time trials.
Lining up fifth in his heat race, the Tracy, CA native turned Linden, CA resident would work his way forward and tally a second-place finish.
Finishing in a great position, Liggett would find himself on the pole of what would be a very entertaining 30-lap feature event. Getting the jump, Liggett would lead early, however a slew of stoppages would prevent him from getting into an early rhythm.
Getting into an extended green flag run, Liggett would make headway as he used the low groove of the speedway and led laps early at Placerville as he set a torrid pace. As he continued to run the bottom to perfection, behind him Jake Andreotti was coming alive on a very thick cushion that had built up around the entire speedway.
Putting on a torrid battle up front, Andreotti would use his momentum to race into the race lead on the 12th lap before Liggett was able to power back by on the 14th lap.
With Andreotti ultimately having issues, Liggett would now feel pressure from Michael Faccinto. With Andreotti showing Liggett the top of the track, Liggett would change his line and began pounding the cushion himself as he exchanged the top spot with Faccinto numerous times before a yellow halted progress.
Back underway, the dual for the top stop would continue, as Faccinto was able to get the lead on the 25th lap.
With Liggett not going away, he would look to deliver a counter punch the next lap, however his machine would hit the cushion wrong and get him out of shape as he lost two spots and fell to fourth.
While running through traffic, Liggett would be unable to make up the lost ground as he closed his night out with a fourth-place finish.
“When Faccinto got by after that late restart, I had a shot to get him back, but I got my car upset on the curb and it cost us a few spots,” Liggett said. “It is a little disappointing to end up fourth after those battles up front, but we had a great car and I’m confident we will be good in a few weeks when we get back after it. Huge thanks to My Mom, Dad, Landon, Angela, and Ali for all of their help all night long.”
Austin Liggett Racing would like to thank Excel Environmental Services, Liggett Trucking, Tool Technology, Hurst Fabrications, Maxwell Industries, Shine Photography, and ZMAX Racing Oil for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-5, Wins-1, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-4
ON TAP: Liggett is slated to return to action on June 18th at Merced Speedway.
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