PETERSEN MEDIA- Shaking down a new car, and getting some laps in Chico, CA leading up to the 25th Annual Dave Bradway Jr Memorial, Jason Statler and his DF Rios Motorsports team picked up a sixth place finish on Friday night.
“We put a new car together, and were in the hunt all night from time trials to the feature event,” Statler said.
With a light car count on hand Friday night, Statler got off to a nice start as he timed his DF Rios Motorsports/Amerikote/Riley Collins Auto Body No. 00 machine in fourth fastest before finishing fourth in his heat race.
By way of the redraw, the Grass Valley, CA wheelman lined up in the fifth spot for the 25-lap feature event, and instantly found himself in a dogfight for the fourth spot with rookie driver, Tanner Thorson.
Battling with Thorson, Statler was able to get the spot, as he then set his sights on Jonathan Allard and Colby Copeland who were running just ahead of him. Working on the razor thin cushion all the way around the speedway, Statler was able to reel the two drivers in, until he got his machine in the crumbs atop turns one and two, and lost a few positions.
Gathering his machine back up, and getting back on to the racing surface, Statler was able to get a few positions backs during the closing laps of the race, as he brought his SCI/Kaeding Performance/Kister Racing Engines powered machine home with a sixth place finish.
“We got exactly what we wanted out of Friday night,” Statler said “We came out of the night with more positives in 25 laps than we have in our first five races of the season, so hopefully we can put another strong night together this weekend. My guys worked hard, and I thank them for sticking with me.”
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 return to action Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-6, Wins-0, Top-5’s-0, Top-10’s-1
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