PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to the seat of the Jim and Anette Van Lare No. 5v over the weekend to take on the King of the West Series during the Peter Murphy Classic, Allard would finish 10th during the Friday night show before getting upside down at the start of the Saturday night program.
“I hate that I tore up Jim and Annette Van Lare’s equipment, but I am very appreciative for the opportunity they gave me to compete in a race that means a lot to me.”
Friday night at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, Allard would get his weekend started by timing the Jim and Annette Van Lare owned machine in 10th fastest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, the Chico, CA driver would slip back to finish in the third spot, and find himself in the ninth starting spot for the 30-lap Peter Murphy Classic preliminary night feature event.
Fighting some issues aboard his machine, Allard would spend much of the night jockeying for position in the Top-10. Battling with the likes of young guns Shane Golobic, Justyn Cox, and Colby Copeland, Allard would close out the opening night action with a 10th place finish.
Saturday night action would be lined up directly off of Friday night’s feature event which lined Allard up on the front row of his heat race. Racing his way to a heat race win, the inaugural Peter Murphy Classic champion would punch his ticket into the Pole Shuffle.
Losing in the first round, Allard would line the famed No. 5v machine up in the fourth row of the 30-lap Peter Murphy Classic feature event. Allard’s night would come to a quick end however, as he would get into the cushion in turn four and come into contact with the wall and get his machine upside down.
“I think we were going to have a pretty good car in the feature, but unfortunately I made a little mistake and it knocked us out of the race early,” Allard added. “Again, I really want to thank the Van Lare’s and their crew and partners for this opportunity.”
Allard would like to thank Walker Performance Filtration, ButlerBuilt, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Red Line Oil, KSE Racing Products, NGK Spark Plugs, FK Rod Ends, Hunt Magnetos, Longacre Products, RCM Design, Ti64, A.R.T. Speed Equipment, AL Driveline, and Hoosier Tire for their support.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-36, Wins-6, Top 5’s-22, Top 10’s-25.
ON TAP: Allard is unsure when his next race will be for sure at this time as he continues to fill in his schedule.
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