Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway, Jonathan Allard simply made an error on a restart at the halfway point, and spun out of his second running position and ended up rallying to a 10th place finish.
“The driver got in the way of a great car tonight,” said a disappointed Allard. “I made a mistake on a restart and it took us out of it tonight.”
Though the finish wasn’t primo, Allard’s night started off in championship form as he timed his K&N Filters/Red Line Oil machine in second quick of the 24 fire breathing King of the West sprint cars checked in at the lighting fast ¼ mile.
A third place finish transferred JA into the feature and more importantly the dash, but as fate would have it, he again lined up in the fourth row of the dash.
Using a very aggressive start, Allard rocketed up to the third spot where he battled with Rico Abreu for the second spot, but he held the third spot, earning a second row starting spot in the feature.
With the 30-lap feature getting underway, Allard quickly moved into the second spot behind Tim Kaeding, as the start of the race endured several caution flags.
After a lap four caution, the race endured a very long, and entertaining green flag run that saw Allard hook up in a thrilling duel with Abreu, and fourth running Shane Golobic.
“We had a pretty good race going on there, as we chased down Tim,” said JA.
After losing the second spot to Abreu, Allard began distancing himself from Golobic, until the red flew at the halfway point for second running Abreu, who had clipped the backstretch exit ramp and turned over.
On the ensuing restart, Allard chased Kaeding into three and four, but entered a little too hot, and blew his Williams Motorsports machine off the track, and brought out a caution and was forced to the rear.
Over the duration of the race, JA simply charged back up through the field avoiding a handful of spins and slip ups, in front of him and salvaged the night with a 10th place finish.
“It wasn’t the finish this team deserved, and it’s on me,” JA reiterated. “We lost some points to Timmy which is tough, but a top-ten isn’t the worst finish we could have had.”
Friday night, Allard grabbed the wheel of the Rod Fauver Race Ready Rentals entry, and hit the Silver Dollar Speedway for a 360 race in which he grabbed a 4th place finish with 20 cars on hand.
ON TAP: Up next is the 22nd Annual Dave Bradway, Jr Memorial race at the Silver Dollar Speedway on May 5th. JA has quite the track record of quick times at the event, and is also a three time winner of the coveted event.
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