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PETERSEN MEDIA: Lucas Ashe made the return trip to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night just one week removed from a podium finish at the ‘Baddest Bullring in the Bay’. Taking on the Sprint Car Challenge Tour on this night, Ashe would race his way to a 14th place finish.
“I felt pretty good all night to be honest,’ Lucas Ashe said. “I made a mistake late in the feature, but overall it was a good night I feel.”
With 37 cars on hand for Round No. 3 of Sprint Car Challenge Tour action, the Cottonwood, CA pilot got his night underway by timing the Jester Auto Museum and Event Center/SALCO Inc./Lucas Oil backed No. 33 entry in fourth fastest in his qualifying group.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Ashe would battle hard with Tanner Carrick and Shane Golobic before recording a third place finish and moving directly into the 35-lap feature event.
Gridding the field from the 13th starting position, Ashe would hold the position as he battled with Kyle Hirst, Tanner Carrick, and Colby Copeland at times during the finale.
Racing his way towards the Top-10 on the Petaluma Gumbo, Ashe would get up to 11th on the race’s eighth circuit as he continued to gain confidence early on. Drifting back to 13th at the race’s halfway point, Ashe would continue to fight as he would find himself in a three-car battle for 12th.
Making a mistake with just two-laps to go in the race, Ashe would slip back to 14th where he would ultimately finish.
“It was a fun race, the track changed a bunch and you really had to be on your game,” Ashe added. “I have to thank everyone for all of their hard work and effort on the 33 Saturday night.”
When the checkered flag waived on Saturday night, it also brought a change to Lucas Ashe Racing. Wanting to play a bigger role in his race team and take a more hands on approach to further along his career, Ashe and his family will bring their equipment back to their home shop where Lucas will get an opportunity to take care of his cars daily.
“As a team, a family, and a business we had to make a difficult decision to go out on our own for the rest of the season and moving forward it will give me the opportunity to do more,” Lucas Ashe said. “I really have to thank Jim Van Lare and his guys for what they have done for me since late last year. I truly appreciate it, and wish him and his race team nothing but the best moving forward. I have been pretty fortunate in my first two years of racing to work with Kaeding Performance, Harley Van Dyke, and Jim Van Lare, and I thank them for getting me to this point. They have supported me to this point and they continue to support me moving forward. It is an exciting direction for myself and my race team and I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for me.”
Lucas Ashe Racing would like to thank Jester Auto Museum and Event Center, SALCO Inc., Lucas Oil, STL Tile, Crown Motors, Logo USA, Triple X Race Co., DMI Components, VSR, Factory QRC, Shaver Racing Engines, Rod End Supply, Fat Cat Propane, and Justeson Farms for their continued support.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 8, Wins-0, Top-5’s-1, Top-10’s-3
ON TAP: Ashe will travel to Watsonville, CA on Friday night to battle the Ocean Sprints pres. by Taco Bravo.
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