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 The Month of May Race Report

These past few weeks have been very eventful and enjoyable for the Swanson Motorsports Team. The new VRA series at Ventura Raceway keeps us very busy week to week. Running the majority of the races this year at Ventura has proven a perfect testing ground to fine tune our Honda program.  
    Starting off the season in the USAC Series with a top 10 at Chico and a 2nd place at Ventura has given us tremendous momentum going into halfway through the season. The VRA Midget Series has run three races since then.
    Each week we have gotten better, and that much closer to our first win for HPD and Honda Racing. Every race we've been able to have strong runs, and put the S2k Powered #05 Midget in the top ten.
    The first VRA race was April 23rd. It was a hard fought battle coming from an extremely poor starting spot of 19th, to finish in the 7th position.
    One week later we ran the second VRA race of the season. The Honda had a decent starting position, but not the luck. An accident up at the top of turn two occured right in the groove and in an attempt to avoid it, spun the car out. I once again had to come from last. We we're still able to salvage a solid 10th place, but it was still kind of a dissapointing night.
    Finally, our most recent race, May 14th was back at the Ventura beach for the third VRA Series race of the season. We had been fast all year so far, and I was looking foward to a good run. A strong heat race finish put me starting on the front row. My goal was to get the Honda Power wound up on the top of the track where we had been the last 3 races at this place. The first laps of the race however, proved that tonight, the top wasn't the place to be. The bottom had the most bite, and missing the apron by a few inches would loose valuable positions. We battled for the lead for most of the race until the #2 of Robby Josett took charge to the lead. I lacked just a little side-bite in the center of both corners, and that hurt us. We fell back to a P4 finishing spot that night. It was a very solid run that puts us in 3rd for the overall VRA Points Chase.
    2011 has been an exciting season so far, check in on the website once and awhile to stay updated! www.jakeswanson.com
    Of course, the SM team wouldn't be having the success it's having today without our Partners, supporters, and sponsors. I would like to thank Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil, Orange County Tank Testing, Crower Performance, HPD, K&N Filters, Oakley, One Day Signs, EgoTactics.net, and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge for their support.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 August 2011 16:56 )  

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