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PETERSEN MEDIA: Heading back to Knoxville, IA for the first time in his career, DJ Netto didn’t let his results get him down, as he was happy with how he and his team progressed each time they hit the track.
“We came back here just looking to get some experience to build on, and I truly thing we got better as a team night in and night out during the 360 and 410ci Nationals,” DJ Netto said.
Getting off to a really rocky start during the 360 Nationals, Netto would end up finishing in the Saturday night D Main event.
Getting his 410ci engine bolted into the Netto Ag/Penny Newman Grain/Bogies Auto Parts No. 88n entry for the Capitani Classic, Netto would make his first laps in a 410 on the historic ½ mile as he picked up a 14th place finish during his B Main event after transferring from the C Main.
Heading into his Knoxville Nationals qualifying night, the Hanford, CA driver would go out line in the time trial session and time in 46th fastest.
Finishing his qualifying night in the B Main with a 15th place finish, Netto and company would return to the track on Friday night to determine where exactly they would start during the Saturday night program.
With exactly 80 cars in action on Friday, Netto would time in 17th fastest in his time trial flight, and race his way to a fifth place finish during heat races.
Lining up sixth in his B main, Netto would battle with the likes of Bronson Maeschen, Tim Kaeding, and Austin McCarl as he held his own and finished in the sixth spot, putting him in the Saturday night C main event.
“With all of the preliminary stuff out of the way, I felt pretty good heading in Saturday’s show,” Netto added. “Friday we were able to hang with some guys who have a ton of laps at Knoxville, so I was looking forward to Saturday.”
Lining up in the eighth row of the 15-lap C Main, Netto would continue to get better on the ½ mile facility as he worked his way forward, and inside the Top-10. Though he wasn’t in contention for a transfer spot, a car would run out of fuel ahead of him, and forced to check up he would fall back to finish in the 14th spot.
“Overall I think getting to the C in our first Nationals is respectable,” Netto said. “I am hoping that running against some of the best in the world the last couple weeks will translate back to some positive when we get back to racing at home. I am really thankful to have had this opportunity, and want to thank everyone that made it possible.”
DJ and his Netto Racing team would like to thank Netto Agriculture, Penny Newman Grain, Bogies Auto Parts, King Racing Products, and Vande Pol Enterprises for their support in 2015.
ON TAP: Netto is off this weekend, but will be back in action on August 29th at the Ocean Speedway for the Johnny Key Classic.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-39, Wins-3, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-10
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with DJ and his team by following him on twitter @DJ_Netto88.
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