Another Top 10 at Elko
ASA Midwest Tour, Elko (MN) Speedway, Thunderstruck 93 (100 Laps) (Race 11 of 12)
No. 89 Malco Automotive Products Ford Fusion
- Matt finished 9th, the Highest Rookie Finisher
- He increased his Rookie of the Year Points leading point gap as well as maintaining 5th place in the overall point standings.
- One race remains on the ASA Midwest Tour schedule, and the goal of winning Rookie of the Year is within reach.
Matt and the Iron Eagle Racing team returned to the state of the art Elko (MN) Speedway for the second time this season hoping to better the fifth place finish achieved in August. After qualifying 9th, Matt would start and finish 6th in the 20 lap qualifying heat race. In the 100 lap feature, Matt started the race in the 6th position and gained a position in the early going as the car was quick on short runs, but became looser as the runs went on. At the 61 lap break, Matt was in 9th position. The Iron Eagle Team went to work in the 10 minute break, making some changes to the rear end to try to get the car to come off the corners with more grip and straighter. Restarting in 9th position, Tifft the car showed promise as Matt chased down the next group of cars quickly, but after 20 laps the gap evened out and he settled for a 9th place finish.
Matt was the highest finishing Rookie in the race, and increased his lead in the Rookie of the Year points battle. He also maintained his fifth place overall points position in the ASA Midwest Tour with just one race remaining, the Oktoberfest event at LaCrosse (WI) Fairgrounds Speedway.
Matt’s Thoughts After the Race: “We came back to Elko with a different setup and the team worked really hard to improve on our 5th place finish the last time here. Unfortunately, we had more speed on the short runs and couldn’t maintain it for all of the race. We are going to do some testing before Oktoberfest and I look forward to having a great car there to get a Top 5 and clinch the Rookie of the Year title. That was our goal for this year, and I think we can do it!”