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Ryan Bernal Rallies To Eighth Place Finish In King of Kings Opener

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PETERSEN MEDIA- With a win under his belt at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA in his non-wing car already in 2015, Ryan Bernal made his debut with his winged car on Friday night, and charged from his 15th starting position to finish in the eighth spot with the King of Kings series.

“It is a learning process, for sure, with the winged stuff,” Ryan Bernal said. “We have won in the non-winged car at Hanford, and I think we did some good things on Friday night in the winged car.”

Taking part I the King of Kings season opener, Bernal timed his Mike Phulps Motorsports/Keizer Wheels/DMI backed No. 56 machine in 16th quickest. Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Bernal would battle very hard with Mike Faria in the early stages of the race for the top spot, before falling to the second spot, as Bud Kaeding got by in the closing laps.

Moving directly into the feature event, the Hollister, CA driver would line the King Racing Products/Metal Works/Hoosier Racing Tires entry up in the 16th starting position for the 30-lap feature event on what as an extremely slick racing surface. As the race came to life, Bernal began working the bottom of the speedway as he worked his way towards the Top-10.

Getting into the Top-10, as the raced hit the halfway point, Bernal found himself battling with the likes of Steven Kent, Landon Hurst, and Eric Humphries. Following a pair of late red flags, Bernal was able to use the restarts to gain ground, as he would propel himself into the ninth spot, before getting by Shawn Wright in the final laps to close his night out with an eighth place finish.

“It was a tough field of cars, and we were happy with our ability to move forward,” Bernal said. “It has been a tough transition, but this team is awesome, and I thank them for all of their hard work and support.”

Bernal and the Mike Phulps Motorsports team would like to thank Keizer Wheels, DMI, S&S Automotive, King Racing Products, Metal Works, Hoosier Racing Tires, Core Power, ART Chassis, Tri-L Mandarin Ranch, Tel-Tac, Willwood, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Permatex, Alan Kaiser Construction, Outlaw Graphics, BR Motorsports, FK Rod Ends, STIDA, Rockwell Security, ButlerBuilt, GoScope, 4 Alarm Promotions, and Dean Dealy Motorsports for their support during the 2014 season.

2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-13, Wins-5, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-9.

ON TAP: Bernal and the MPM team will bolt their 410ci engine in, and head to the Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday night, before taking on the King of the West Series on Saturday night for the Bradway Memorial, again at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

STAY CONNECTED: For more information on the event be sure to follow Ryan Bernal on Twitter @Bernal_Ryan.

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