Swanson Motorsports 1-2 Finish

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10/17/09 Double Duty for Jake Swanson at Ventura Raceway

Ventura Raceway was holding the second to the last USAC Western States Dirt Midget and Focus Midget race of the 2009 season.  I was doing double duty racing in my Schankerman owned #88 Focus Midget and my #05 Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil, Orange County Tank Testing, K&N Filters, Honda Racing, Crower, Mothers Polish Midget. Ventura Raceway didn't have us do qualifying so we had to do a pill draw for starting position for the heat races.  Only 10 cars were entered for the Focus race but 29 cars were entered for the Midget race. So I had to work hard to make sure I did good in the Midget Heat race so I would be one of 22 cars in the main event. I started 4th in the Midget heat race and was one of the only cars that passed for position. Finishing 3rd put me straight into the main event. So then we started to fine tune the #88 Focus car and get it ready for the Focus Main Event. I was starting last out of 10 cars.  The track was really rough and rutted. I was able to use it to my advantage because my car was handling great and everyone in front of me kept on making mistakes. With about 5 laps to go I was in 2nd place chasing down the leader. The leader was my teammate and Cousin Cody in his #71 Goodwine Glass, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil car. I was slowly catching him but I ran out of time.  We ended up with a Swanson Motorsports 1-2 finish with me finishing in 2nd and Cody taking home the win.  It was a good run for me but a bad starting position made it too hard to get another win for the #88 Schankerman family.

In the #05 Midget was starting in 10th place for the main as well.  At the start I was running the bottom and managed to gain a spot and was working on 7th & 8th. The two cars in front of me spun out and I had to spin to miss them too.  So I had to restart in 20th place.  I was searching around on the track for better lines and traction.  I was able to pass eleven cars to make it back up to 9th place.  On the last few laps it was fun to have a battle for position with the veteran driver Cory Kruseman. It’s a bummer that we got caught up in the spin early because once again I think I had a top 5 car. A huge thank you to Mike Walker for helping my dad crew the car. A big Thank You to my great sponsor's and supporters, Goodwine Glass, Orange County Tank Testing, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Oakley, So Cal Performance, Mike Walker, Bruce Crower, Honda Racing, Ego Tactics, Mothers Polish, One Day Signs and of course, the Schankerman family.  I can't wait until Nationals at Ventura Raceway on November 21st.  I'll be racing both the #88 and #05 cars.  I hope to see you there.
Thanks, Jake

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 October 2009 17:30 )

Jake gets 1st Heat Race Win in USAC Midget

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10/3/09 Hanford Kings Speedway
Last weekend I raced my #05 Honda Powered Midget at Kings Speedway in Hanford.  I was very excited to come back to the first track that I had ever raced at in the USAC Midget series.
We had an okay car in hot laps, but we were already loosing grip, so we tightened it up for qualifying, a little too much. The car kept tossing the front end in the corners making it start to push.
This put us on the outside front row starting spot for the heat race.  My cousin Cody was starting right next to me on the pole. When they threw the green, I got an awesome start.  I jumped out front and never looked back.  I won the heat race by about half a straight-away.  I had an amazing car.  I knew with a car like this we would have a shot for the win in the main event.
As I pulled into the pits after the race and shut the car off, I heard a strange noise.  So we started checking things out.  It turned out that the universal joint and yoke was wearing on the torque tube.  So we had to find a new universal joint and yoke to put in the car, fast.  We finally got one, and started to put it in, but unfortunately we couldn't get it back together in time for the race.  It was real disappointing.  All we can do is get it ready for the next one in Ventura on the 17th.  I will be looking to put on a great show then.  Special Thanks to all my sponsors for their support: Goodwine Glass, Mike Walker, Crower, Orange County Tank Testing, Ego Tactics, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Mothers Polish, Oakley, One Day Signs, Socal Performance, and Honda Racing.
Thanks Jake

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