(Photo- Inside Track Magazine)
PETERSEN MEDIA- Making his first appearance of the season at the Gray’s Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on Saturday night, Jason Solwold and his Shaylen Raye Motorsports team had a nice showing that saw the Burlington, WA driver finish third during the Summer Thunder Series event.
“With it being our first time there (Gray’s Harbor Raceway) this year, it was almost like a test session for our team,” Jason Solwold said. “We were pretty good, but we weren’t exactly where we wanted to be.”
Timing the Scottie’s Plumbing/Pops Entertainment/Vic’s 66 backed No. 18 machine in second fastest in qualifying time trials, Solwold would then go on to finish second in his heat race.
Continuing to work on his car and dial it in for the feature event, Solwold would line up in the second row of the 30-lap A Main event. When the race came to life, Solwold would settle into second as he chased after Reece Goetz during the early goings of the ‘A’ Main event.
While reeling in Goetz, Solwold would have company in the name of Travis Jacobson and would find himself back in the third spot on the fifth lap. Battling for position with Jacobson following an early restart, Solwold would continue to hold down the final spot on the podium as he worked around the Gray’s Harbor Raceway.
Getting back into the second spot with just 10-laps to go, Solwold would again find himself chasing after Goetz but would see Trey Starks get by him late to overtake the runner-up position.
In the third spot for the final laps, Solwold would close in on the lead duo as they battled, but would take the checkered flag with a third place finish.
“We were right there, we were just a little off with our car,” Solwold added. “My guys do a great job, and I was pleased with how we ran during our first visit to the track this year. Now we will see what we can do at Skagit Speedway this weekend.”
Solwold and the Shaylen Raye Motorsports team would like to thank Scottie’s Plumbing, Pops Entertainment, Vic’s 66, Doyle Guffie’s Rayle Auto Sales, Speedmart, After Hours Painting, Triple X Race Co., Al Parker Race Engines, Wings Unlimited, Slade Shocks, Rob Graham Trucking, Wings Unlimited, Meyer Sings, Vahlco Wheels, KarMart Motorsports, and Pro Signs for their continued support.
ON TAP: Solwold and the Shaylen Raye Motorsports team will return to action this Saturday night at the Skagit Speedway.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts- 14, Wins- 2, Top 5’s- 8, Top 10’s- 9.
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