CONCORD, N.C. – California natives conquered the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ excursion thru the Golden State closing 12 months and are hoping to repeat that success going into this weekend’s races at Silver Dollar Speedway and the Stockton Dirt Track.
Grass Valley local Brad Sweet and St. Helena native Rico Abreu determined victory at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, at the same time as Visalia local Cory Eliason claimed his first Series win at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton ultimate year.
For Sweet, it was his first win at the sector-mile Chico song, however, regardless of if the win changed into in Chico or Stockton, he stated it’s miles continually pleasurable to win in front of family and buddies.
“The largest thing for me is I grew up right here (in California) racing, so they may be domestic tracks,” Sweet stated. “There’s constantly something approximately where you found out and wherein you grew up racing this is unique. You know, I hadn’t had a whole lot of luck at Chico in the last few years, however, last 12 months I become able to get a win there, so I experience a bit extra assured going lower back there and excited.”
Sweet commenced off Series’ month-long swing through California sturdy with a pinnacle-five finish at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, leaving him 1/3 in the Series’ factors status — forty-two points in the back of chief Daryn Pittman.
Abreu hasn’t been as lucky, not able to qualify for the Feature in Tulare. But like Sweet, he said he is calling ahead to going again to Silver Dollar Speedway — a song he has received at two times now with the World of Outlaws. He also has one Series win at the 3/eight-mile Stockton Dirt Track.
He cites the Chico and Stockton tracks as of his maximum a hit tracks, having grown up racing at them.
“I’ve run possibly the majority of my California races at the one’s tracks,” Abreu said. “I’ve simply made positive my automobiles are near every time we get there and in which it puts the ball in my court in which I can maneuver my car around. I like going to those tracks.”
Eliason has had a strong start to the season, claiming 3 pinnacle-10s and KSE Hard Charger awards in the first 5 races of the season, putting him fifth in factors. He is coming off a seventh-area end at Thunderbowl Raceway and hitting his stride just in time for his favorite part of the 12 months.
“The entire California swing is (a self-belief booster), just due to the fact this is wherein I grew up racing,” Eliason said. “I think we finished inside the pinnacle-5 whenever we have been in California ultimate 12 months, in the March and the September swings. There’s quite a few self-belief just being able to roll out right here and realize, even if it’s no longer ideal, we are able to nevertheless make something of it just due to understanding the race tracks and being from around here.”
Having raced, and received, on the tracks earlier than, Eliason said that know-how not simplest allows him, however his crew. He can expectantly relay to his crew what he desires in his car, making their task easier.
“Every race is tough with these (World of Outlaws) men, however it should at the least level the playing area lower back to ordinary with them, in preference to going somewhere wherein we haven’t been and that they dominate rather than us,” Eliason stated.
Sweet stated, for some drivers, the California swing is tough traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast and missing their families. For the California drivers, they have the gain of staying domestic with their family about every night time throughout the swing.
“There’s simply something to be stated about that,” Sweet said. “I, glaringly, love the beginning of the 12 months West Coast swing.”
This article turned into submitted to The Union through the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. To examine more approximately World of Outlaws racing goes to woosprint.Com.