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Statler Storms To Fourth During Pombo/Sargent Classic

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PETERSEN MEDIA- To put it simple, Jason Statler had an up and down weekend. After putting on a memorable charge at the Ocean Speedway on Friday night, Statler would get into a late tangle during action on Saturday night at the Calistoga Speedway.

“We seem to be struggle to put to good nights together during a double header weekend,” Jason Statler said. “We struggled early on Friday night but the boys were able to turn it into a good night, and then on Saturday we were pretty good all night, and got in a wreck late in the race that spoiled it for us.”

Kicking the weekend off on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway for the Pombo/Sargent Classic, Statler and company struggled to find speed early in the night, and it showed during time trials as ‘The Big Guy’ timed the DF Rios Motorsports/Amerikote/Riley Collins Auto Body backed entry in 20th fastest.

Finishing seventh in his heat race, Statler and his crew went to work on their car as they searched for speed prior to the feature event.

“The boys worked hard, and simply wished me luck with everything they did as I pushed out for the feature event,” he added.

The changes made to Statler’s entry seemed to work as Statler was extremely strong on the immaculately prepared ¼ mile speedway.

From his 10th row starting spot, the Grass Valley, CA wheelman was able to work all over the speedway where there was open real estate as he fought his way forward. Taking advantage of a pair of late restarts, Statler was able to get inside the Top-Five and close his night out with a fourth place finish.

“This was a huge credit to my crew,” Statler said when describing his night on Friday. “They worked hard, got creative, and we were able to turn our night around at the right time.”

Heading to the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday night for the Wine Country Classic, Statler got off to a nice start, as he was able to time in 10th fastest in qualifying time trials.

Battling with Dominic Scelzi in heat race action as he looked for a berth in the Dash, Statler would finish in the second spot as he found himself now in the fifth row for the 25-lap A Main event.

A nice cushion was built up around the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday night, and Statler took a liking to it, as he moved up into the eighth spot, and continued keep his right rear buried on it all race long.

Running in the eighth spot in the race’s final laps, Statler would be involved in some contact on the front stretch that left him spun around with front end damage, and his night would come to a close.

“We were definitely disappointed with how Saturday night ended,” Statler would say. “We were hoping to have a much better end to our weekend than we had hoped, but it was out of our control.”

Jason Statler would like to thank DF Rios Motorsports, Amerikote, Riley Collins Auto Body, SCI, Kaeding Performance, Kistler Racing Engines, Simpson Race Products, Yak Graphics, Factory Kahne Shocks, Ultra Shield, Rod End Supply, Santomauro, Stephanie’s Custom Interior, and Nevada City Auto Service for their continued support.

ON TAP: Statler will take a weekend off before returning to action July 10th and 11th at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA.

2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-17, Wins-0, Top-5’s-4, Top-10’s-7

STAY CONNECTED: Stay up to speed with Jason by following @Jason_Statler on twitter or by following @StatlerRacing.

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