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– ALGER, Wash. (June 19) – Tommy Tarlton summed up his weekend with a laugh and a shrug of the shoulders.
“It went from starting in the front to crashing and starting in the back, then blowing up,” he said. “My weekend cascaded downward.”
Tarlton started off the weekend well by finishing second on Thursday in the first of the three-day 40th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. That was the bright spot as Friday was marred when his top 10 went upside as he did in a vicious crash.
The Easton, Calif., native still entered Saturday’s finale locked into the feature with the 13th-most points. He started the 40-lap, $40,000-to-win main event on the inside of the seventh row, but quickly worked his way into the top 10.
However, about 15 laps into the race, Tarlton was caught up in someone else’s wreck and he slid into the accident.
“I was collected and it broke part of my wing off,” he said. “Also, I got a flat tire and went to the work area.”
The crew replaced the tire and pushed Tarlton back onto the track, where he restarted in the back. Less than two laps later he returned to the infield when a rod broke in the engine.
“We had speed so that was kind of neat,” he said. “We were fast, just not a good result.”
Tarlton returns to California to race on Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville with the Ocean Sprints and he’s scheduled to compete on Saturday at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford with the King of the West Sprint Car Series.
QUICK RESULTS –
June 18 – Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. – Feature: 20 (13).
SEASON STATS –
17 races, 17 features, 3 wins, 12 top fives, 12 top 10s, 12 top 15s, 15 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., with the Ocean Sprints and Saturday at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., with the King of the West Sprint Car Series
FAVORITE NUMBER –
10: Tarlton was in a top 10 position on Friday and Saturday at the 40th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., when he was caught up in a wreck both nights.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
Tarlton has black t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, and white women’s shirts available for purchase at every race he attends. For information on where you can get them, visit http://www.tarltonandson.com/tarlton-racing-schedule.
ON THE AIR –
Tarlton was involved in a nasty wreck on the second night of the 40th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., on June 17. The link is posted below:
He was a guest on the Lucas Oil ASCS Show by Racinboys on May 3. Click on the link below to listen. Tarlton’s interview begins around the 32-minute mark.
Check out the link below to see highlights of Tarlton’s King of the West Sprint Car Series’ win at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on May 14.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Corporate America Lending
Located in Fresno, Calif., Corporate America Lending is a mortgage broker. This is the third year owner Ron Cook has been a major sponsor for the team.
“He’s one of the best in the business in California,” Tarlton said. “It’s awesome to be sponsored by someone who runs such a high-profile business. I’m excited to have his banner as a primary sponsor for our race team.”
Tarlton would like to thank his sponsors, including Tarlton and Son, Inc., Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Bandy & Associates, Sharp Insurance & Bonding and BG Products for their continued support.