PETERSEN MEDIA- Spending the 2019 season competing with Tarlton Motorsports, Ryan Bernal reunited with the Fresno, CA based team over the weekend in Hanford, CA and is slotted to finish out the 2021 season aboard the familiar No. 21 entry.
“The first weekend back in the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21 felt great,” Ryan Bernal said. “Paul Baines and the guys had me comfortable right off the bat, and I was happy with how things went, and am excited to finish the year out with this team.”
Friday night the Tarlton family welcomed Bernal back and would get things underway by timing the Tarlton and Son, Inc./EZ Haul/Executive Auto Sales backed No. 21 machine in 12th fastest.
Going from sixth to fifth in his heat race, Bernal would line up 10th in the Cotton Classic feature event. On the slick surface, Bernal would continue to re-acclimate to the Tarlton machine as he was able to work his way forward and tally a seventh-place finish.
Saturday night saw the team return to Keller Auto Speedway for the Morrie Williams Tribute which would be sanctioned by the King of the West Series. Drawing the last pill for time trials, Bernal would hit the clock on a very slick racing surface as he timed in 20th quick on this night.
Finishing seventh in his heat race, Bernal would take the green flag from the 20th starting position for the first of the Twin-20 lap feature events. In a fast past main, Bernal would pick up a couple of positions as he finished 17th.
With the field completely inverted for the second and final feature of the night, Bernal would take the green flag from the seventh starting position. Racing up into fifth when the race came to life, Bernal would jump into fourth as he began to pressure Sean Watts withing the race’s opening two laps.
Unfortunately, while racing for position, Bernal would be involved in a lap two yellow, and be forced to tag the back of the pack. From the tail end of the field, Bernal would continue to move forward just as he had done during the races opening laps.
Getting all he could in a quick 20-lap race, Bernal would bounce back to finish 16th.
“I really want to thank the Tarlton family for a really cool opportunity to get in a few races before the season ends,’ Bernal said. “I enjoyed my season in 2019 here, and looking forward to these upcoming races.”
Tarlton Motorsports would like to thank Tarlton and Son, Inc., EZ Haul, Executive Auto Sales, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, and BG Lubricants for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races: 27, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 3, Top 10’s: 9.
ON TAP: Tarlton Motorsports is idle this week as they prepare for the upcoming Trophy Cup.
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