Lucas Ashe Pleased With 410ci Debut
PETERSEN MEDIA: Lucas Ashe spent his weekend in Tulare, CA battling with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour on Friday night before making his first ever 410ci start with the King of the West Series on Saturday night during the Peter Murphy Classic.
“Friday night didn’t quite go as planned, but had some fun with the amount of cars that showed up,” Lucas Ashe said. “Saturday night was really cool making my first start in a 410 and I was really happy with the speed we had and how our night went for the most part.”
Kicking Peter Murphy Classic weekend off on Friday night with the SCCT, Ashe would time the SALCO Inc./Lucas Oil/NAAKE Suspension backed No. 33 machine in fourth fastest in his group, which placed him on the front row of his heat race.
In a hard fought heat, the Cottonwood, CA driver would find himself on the outside and looking in, as a fifth place finish would send him into the night’s Finley Farms ‘B’ main event.
Lining up mid-pack of the semi, Ashe would need to finish in at least the seventh to keep his night moving along. On the slick Thunderbowl Raceway surface, Ashe would get his elbows up as fought hard to obtain a transfer position.
In the latter stages of the race Ashe would make a run for the final transfer position, but would end up ending his night with a 10th place finish.
Bolting the 410ci engine into STL Tile/Crown Motors/Logo USA backed No. 33 entry for Saturday’s KWS event, Ashe would seem to acclimate to added horsepower nicely as he timed in sixth fastest in his qualifying flight.
Falling out of a transfer, Ashe would finish in the fifth spot and be forced into the night’s ‘B’ Main event.
Lining up in the second row of the semi, Ashe would get off to a great start as some great moves would find him up in the second spot for much of the race. Looking to be well on his way to the feature event, Ashe’s machine would start to sputter on the race’s final lap.
As he lost power, Ashe lost positions but was able to coast over the line in the sixth spot and take the final transfer position into the feature event.
Lining up scratch on the field, Ashe would pick up a couple of positions in the early goings of the race, but a suspension issue would bring his night to an early end.
“It was a really fun weekend, and I feel like I learned a ton at Tulare running both nights” Ashe added. “I have to tank Harley Van Dyke and Fez for their hard work, as well as all of the people who support us and make this possible.”
Lucas Ashe Racing would like to thank SALCO Inc., Lucas Oil, NAAKE Suspension, STL Tile, Crown Motors, Logo USA, DMI Components Shaver Racing Engines, Maxim, Rod End Supply, Lucky Seven Outlaw Wings, Fat Cat Propane, Pickern Allstate Ins., Jester Auto Museum and Event Center, and Justeson Farms for their continued support.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 6, Wins-0, Top-5’s-0, Top-10’s-2
ON TAP: Ashe will follow the Sprint Car Challenge Tour to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.
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