PETERSEN MEDIA: Returning to action in California after a successful trip to the Pacific Northwest, Steven Tiner would come through the last chance qualifier, and run sixth in the feature with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster during the sixth annual Howard Kaeding Classic.
“We were really, really bad in our heat race, and had some work to do,” Tiner said. “We were okay in the ‘B’, and then I thought we got rolling around pretty good in the feature event.”
With 37 cars assembled in the pit area, Tiner would time his Larry Davis Farms/Wright Process Systems/Deli Delicious backed No. 94 machine in 14th in qualifying time trials.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Tiner would fight a visibly tight racecar, that would ultimately cause him to do a monster wheel stand down the back stretch and spin out to a stop.
Ending up with a seventh place finish in his heat race, Tiner would be forced into the night’s B Main event, where the win would line him up in the eighth row for the 30-lap feature event.
Not getting off to the start he was hoping for, Tiner would take advantage of a lap two restart that saw him pick up several positions as he broke into the Top-10. Battling with the likes of Bradley Terrell and Tyler Walker, Tiner would work his way forward as he eyed a spot inside the Top-Five.
Running in the seventh spot at the halfway point, Tiner would move into the sixth spot before he began to chase after Justin Sanders for a spot inside the Top-Five. As Tiner closed on Sanders, he would feel pressure from Andy Forsberg as the trio battled in dense traffic.
With the checkered flag in the air, Tiner would narrowly fend Forsberg off at the stripe as he closed his night with a sixth place finish.
Saturday night saw Tiner bolt a 410ci power plant into his STR No. 94 machine as he took on the King of the West Series. Timing in 14th fastest, Tiner would just narrowly miss the heat race inversion and his sixth place finish in his heat race would line him up in the seventh row for the 30-lapper.
On the third lap, cars would tangle in front of Tiner, and with nowhere to go, the Visalia, CA driver would get a piece of the action. Going to work area, Tiner would restart from the tail end of the field, but with a car nearly taking him out on the restart, he would opt to call it a night and head back to the pits.
“It was a really fun weekend, and I was grateful for the opportunity to put a 410ci engine in our car on Saturday night,” Tiner said. “After the first tangle and then having another one on the following restart, the car owner in me took over and I decided to call it a night. Thanks to everyone who helped out Friday and Saturday night.”
Steven and his Steven Tiner Racing team would like to thank Larry Davis Farms, Wright Process Systems, Deli Delicious, Fisher Racing Engines, Harvest Supply, Powder Coat-It, SRP, Wilwood, FSR, XYZ Machine, DMI, Dan Olson Race Products, HRP, Sander Engineering, Sweet Manufacturing, Schoenfeld, and Roseville Precision for their continued support.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-23, Wins-3, Top 5’s-11, Top 10’s-16
ON TAP: Steven Tiner will take a few weekends off before returning to the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA on August 5th and to the Placerville Speedway on August 6th.
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