Overnight rain made the track surface very fast and passing was nearly impossible during the heats. Allard’s best shot to get a good finish was to get a nice start. He was able to settle into fourth.
During the heat Allard felt a lot of pressure from Australian Brooke Tatnell. After five laps Allard was able to find a nice groove and pull away to finish fourth in the Williams Motorsports, GT Trends, K&N Filters No. 0.
On Saturday, Allard turned the fastest lap out of 41 cars. The top 16 qualifiers made the inversion for the heat race and Jonathan lined up on the pole of heat two. The Williams Motorsports racer beat defending World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah into the first turn and took command of the heat.
Joey Saldana closed in around five laps and hounded Allard for a few turns and took the lead with a few laps left. Allard kept his cool and went on to score a second place finish which put him in the dash.
The 30-year-old Chico, California racer had an inside row two starting spot. During the first lap a malfunction near the front of the car sent him sideways in front of the rest of the field. The other cars had nowhere to go and piled into the No.0 machine. The Williams crew did what they could and Allard took the green flag of the A-main. After completing a lap he pulled off the raceway and scored an official finish of 25th.
Prior to the dash incident he team seemed to have their machine going well, and the learning curve might not take very long with the new chassis. “We use K&N Engineering Oil and Air Filters along with K&N’s Carbon Fiber Air Box,” said Allard. “K&N makes the best products, the oil and air filters are easy to use and maintain. We just wash, assemble and race and we never have to worry about performance. We depend on K&N.”
The Golden State Challenge Series kicks off in less than two weeks with the annual Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.
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