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Tarlton Battles Back to Finish Second in Hanford, CA


PETERSEN MEDIA- After a quick night in Watsonville, CA on Friday that saw him get upside down on the race’s first lap, Tommy Tarlton would flex his muscle a bit in Hanford, CA on Saturday night as he would be involved in an incident battling for the lead early and would come from the back to end up with a second place finish.

“Paul Baines always seems to give me a fast racecar, and that was a lot of fun coming from the back to end up on the podium,” Tommy Tarlton said.

Saturday night in Hanford, CA the Easton, CA native kicked his night off by timing the Elite Landscape Construction/Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino/Tarlton and Son, Inc. backed No. 21 machine in fifth quickest in qualifying time trials.

Racing his way to a second place finish in his heat race, Tarlton would move into the Dash where the win placed him on the front row for the feature event.

When the race came to life Tarlton would settle into second as he chased after Steven Tiner who led from the drop of the green flag. Continuing to run in second, the battle for the lead would pick up on the 10th lap, and contact between the duo would ensue on the 12th lap and it would see Tarlton come to a stop.

Going back to 13th when the race came to life, Tarlton would get his elbows up as he fought hard to get back to the front. Picking off cars at will, TT would get back into the Top-Five on the 15th lap as he got into fourth on lap 17 and a third three laps later on lap 20.

Continuing to run in third, Tarlton would move into second with two laps left in the race but could not track down Dominic Scelzi in that time and closed his weekend out with an impressive run back up to second.

Friday night at Ocean Speedway, Tarlton had a very strong car on this night as well. Timing in eighth quickest in qualifying time trials, Tarlton would win both his heat race and the Dash and would also find himself on the front row of the feature event on this night.

Running in second when the race came to life, Tarlton would get to bouncing in turns three and four on the race’s second lap and he would get upside down and bring his night to an early end.

“To have a car that good both night’s is a blast,” Tarlton added. “It is great to put on a show in front of the fans and for our partners, so we will get back out and try again very soon.”

Tarlton Motorsports would like to thank Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., Executive Auto Sales, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2018 season.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-5, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-3

ON TAP: Tommy’s next race is TBD.

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