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Second and Sixth Place Finishes For Allard

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PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking advantage of one final tune up at the Silver Dollar Speedway before the World of Outlaws invade in two weeks, Chico, CA driver, Jonathan Allard hooked up in an exciting battle with Rico Abreu, that ultimately saw him finish in the second spot, a night before charging from 15th to sixth at the Johnny Key Classic.

“It was another good weekend for our team,” Allard said. “Rico took me to school on Friday night, but I think we learned some things for the upcoming Outlaw shows.”

After kicking Friday night off by timing in with quick time, and running second in his heat race, Allard would line the Tri-C Manufacturing/K&N/ButlerBuilt No. 3c machine up in the second row of the 25-lap feature event.

Getting into the second spot on the first lap, Allard chased down Bud Kaeding, and made his move for the lead on the next lap, as he soon would have company in the name of Rico Abreu.

With Abreu moving into the second spot on the sixth lap, the rest of the race was a lesson on slide jobs as the two drivers waged war on each other, exchanging slide jobs, lap after lap, as the crowd sat on the edge of their seats watching a battle for the ages unfold.

Exchanging position countless times lap after lap, it was Abreu making a bold move on the last lap that Allard couldn’t counter, leaving Allard with a very hard fought second place finish.

“They absolutely don’t get any better than that,” Allard said. “I have the utmost respect for Rico Abreu and his team, and that was a blast. We weren’t able to get the win, but I sure hope all of the fans enjoyed what they witnessed.”

Making the trek to the Ocean Speedway on Saturday night for the 54th Annual Johnny Key Classic presented by Al’s Roofing Supply, Allard went out in the fourth group of time trials, and ended up timing his Platinum Powder Coating/Red Line Oil/King Racing Products entry in 10th quickest.

Lining up in the second row of his qualifier, Allard would finish in the third spot, locking himself into the evening’s 50-lap feature event.

Gridding the field from the 15th position, Allard slid around the slicked off surface during the first 25 laps of the race, and sat in the 12th spot when the yellow flew on the 25th lap for the scheduled pit stop.

“We were just okay the first 25, and then we got really good in the last segment,” he added. “The only problem was, it took rubber during the last segment, and passing was tough, but the guys made me look good by giving me a car that would still work.”

Lining up in the 12th spot, Allard quickly went to work on the bottom of the speedway as he slowly picked off positions, one car at a time.

Sitting in the eighth spot when the race’s final caution flew on the 47th lap, Allard took advantage of Matt Peterson’s flat righ-rear to move into the seventh spot, and was able to get around Kyle Hirst on the last lap to record a sixth place finish.

“We ended up just working on some guys and getting spots, and at the end of the day, we were able to bring home a sixth place finish.”

Allard would like to thank Tri-C Manufacturing, K&N, ButlerBuilt, Platinum Powder Coating, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Red Line Oil, KSE Racing Products, Weld Wheels, NGK Spark Plugs, FK Rod Ends, Hunt Magnetos, Longacre Products, Ti64, A.R.T. Speed Equipment and Hoosier Tire for their support.

2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-45, Wins-9, Top 5’s-24, Top 10’s-33.

 ON TAP: Allard and the Tri-C Motorsports team will now head North as they meet up with the World of Outlaws this Friday and Saturday night at the Skagit Speedway and race with them all the way through California.

 STAY CONNECTED: For more information on Jonathan, including upcoming events, pictures, and news please check out http://www.allardmotorsports.com, or follow JA on twitter @Allard_ja.

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