5-22-10 Ventura Raceway

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    In Saturday night's second Ventura Raceway event of the season, the Swanson Motorsports Team showed our true colors and ran the best we've run all year. There was a good turn out with a full field of 22 cars.

    After starting at the back in the heat race due to an unfortunate pill pick, I was able to get to the front and check out with the leader Josh Lakatos. We had a hard fought battle for the win, but I ended up finishing 2nd all over the bumper of the Orange #4 car. But it was exactly what we needed to put the #05 Honda on the pole for the feature.

    Veteran Cory Cruseman was starting directly beside me. I knew with his experience it would be tough to get a good jump on him, and maintain the lead. The Cruser and I battled hard exchanging P1. Soon, the #4 of Lakatos was in the mix. It was quite a battle for the top 3 spots until the yellow flag came out for a car parked in turn one.

    I was restarting in the 3rd position when the green was flying. I jumped on the throttle to try to take advantage of the restart to regain 2nd spot, and as the rpm's picked up, bad luck stuck once again. Blue smoke billowed from both sides of the 05 Honda Machine and our night was over just like that. Later inspection shows it was a failure somewhere in the No. 3 cylinder. It's hard to swallow having such a good night go south like that, but on the same hand, this night proved that we have what it takes to compete for wins on a regular basis and we will be a force to be reckoned with out there.

    I want to give a big Thank you to the crew; my dad, Mike Walker, and Mike May. They're helpful advice and mechanic skills is the reason we are battling with the best out there. And my sponsors;  Goodwine Glass, Orange County Tank Testing, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Oakley, EgoTactics.net, Zanzabuku Sports Lounge, New York Upper Crust Pizza, Mothers Polish, Socal Performance, and One Day Signs. Thanks to Tres and Stew Van Dyne at Van dyne Engineering for all the work they did to the motor, Danny & Bruce Crower for the awesome cams and rods, and Honda Performance. We will be back to Bakersfield for the next one June 26. Hope to see you there!

 

Thanks,

Jake

Click on this link to see the video of the main event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmFWNs3G6nk
 


 

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