Bruce Jr. Records First Victory of Season with NSL 360 NCRA/NSL Region

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PARK CITY, Kan. (May 30, 2016) – Tony Bruce Jr. scored his first victory of the season and his first career driving for Danny King last Saturday at 81 Speedway, where Bruce Jr. made a late-race pass to claim the National Sprint League 360 NCRA/NSL Region event.

“It’s a special feeling to see the excitement that’s on not only Danny’s face, but everybody who’s been involved in racing with him,” he said. “It’s a good feeling to put his car back in Victory Lane. He’s fielded a race car for 40-plus years. To go there at a place he’s won a lot of races at and pick up a victory for him means a lot because it’s been a while since he’s been in Victory Lane.”

The night began with Bruce Jr. advancing from fourth to second place in a heat race. That ranked him sixth in overall points and started the team on the outside of the third row for the 25-lap main event.

“The track turned out to be pretty racy,” he said. “They had a bunch of rain and to get the race in was almost a miracle. I made some good laps around that track and things just worked out right and we finally got a win.

“We just rode around in fifth for the first 10 laps of the race. We had set the car up to make sure we were strong the last half of the race. My thing was to be patient at the beginning. Some of the holes in the track were pretty deep. My goal was to keep the leaders in sight and then once we got to lapped traffic really try to be aggressive and make our move.”

Bruce Jr. had climbed into second place when a red flag came out with six laps remaining.

“I got to second and was right on the leader when the red came out,” he said. “I really didn’t want to see the red, but it worked out ok for us. I think our car was free enough toward the end of the race.

“I ended up passing (the leader) running the middle. It took us a couple of laps after the restart to take the lead. C.J. Johnson started to slow up and make sure he hit the bottom. I was able to use momentum and go around him in the middle. It was the roughest part of the race track, but I knew we had a car that could handle it.”

The victory was also the first since June 28 of last year when Bruce Jr. was victorious at 81 Speedway.

He is scheduled to return to action this Friday at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo., with the ASCS Warrior Region and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Bruce Jr. will drive for Jeff Smith both nights.


May 28 – 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. – Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 1 (6).


6 races, 1 win, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 5 top 20s


Friday at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo., with the ASCS Warrior Region and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa




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Bruce Jr. would also like to thank Wheeler Metals, Briley Trucking, The Oil Medics, Hinchman Racewear, Eagle Motorsports, Smiley’s Racing Products, SWE, Maxwell Industries, Moss Racing Engines, FK Rod Ends, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Factory Kahne Shocks,,, Wilwood, Schoenfeld Headers, Hoosier Racing Tires, HRP, Kaeding Performance, Schaeffer Oil, Fuel Safe, Bell Helmets, Four Seasons Radiator, Southern Trailer Works, KSE, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Weld Wheels, ISC Racers Tape and Pressure Tek for their continued support.


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