PETERSEN MEDIA- Unfortunately for Jason Statler his string of bad luck followed him to the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night. Having a good night going, Statler would experience drivetrain issues prior to the race going green, and he would be credited with a 22nd place finish.
“This team seems to have developed a pattern that we need to break in a hurry,” a frustrated Jason Statler said. “The last few weeks we have had really good speed, and have put ourselves in good position for A-main’s but something seems to happen.”
With 28 cars on hand at the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the Bullring Nationals, Statler would time the DF Rios Motorsports/Amerikote/Riley Collins Auto Body No. 00 machine in 11th fastest.
Starting on the front row of his heat race, ‘The Big Guy’ would jump out into the early lead and pick up the win, as he earned a spot in the Dash aboard his Kaeding Performance/Kistler Racing Engines/Simpson Race Products machine.
Fighting a bit of an engine issues early in the night, Statler and his team made an adjustment prior to the Dash, but they would go the wrong way as the Grass Valley, CA pilot slipped back to finish in the eighth spot.
Following the Dash, Statler and his team would go the other way on their adjustments, and during a pre-race warm up things seemed to be much better for Statler but something in the drivetrain would fail before the green flag flew, and Statler’s night would come to an early end.
“I could not believe it,” Statler said. “The guys worked hard, gave me a good car, and we put ourselves in position for a good finish, but it did not happen. I really want to thank Dave Rios, my crew, and all of our product help for sticking with me through this month. We will be back together and go try to win the Peter Murphy Classic this weekend. This race means a lot to a lot of people, and we would surely love to grab the win.”
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 be in action at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on Saturday night for the Peter Murphy Classic.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-19, 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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