Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Sept. 29, 2020) - Jeffrey West Jr. tied his career-best sprint car result last Sunday when he recorded a seventh-place finish at Riverside International Speedway.
West Jr. opened the Fall Nationals, which was held on Sunday instead of Saturday because of wet weather, by finishing where he started - second - in a heat race.
"The track threw us a huge curve ball the moment we got there," he said. "We started hot laps a couple of hours earlier than a usual race because it was on Sunday. By the time we went out for our heat race the track was slick from top to bottom. We didn't expect that. We just didn't quite have what we needed, but we were able to make the best of it.
"I fell back to fifth in the heat race. Two cars wrecked and I was able to get back to second on a late restart."
West Jr. lined up on the inside of the third row for the main event.
"We were decent and not far off the leaders," he said. "The first 10 laps we stayed in the top five. As the feature went on our car went in the wrong direction and we faded. We tried some different lines. I got really good running the cushion in turns three and four, which was my first time doing that. That felt good. We had a caution with about 10 laps to go. Jeff Swindell and I battled for five or six laps and he got me toward the end. I'm very happy with a top seven with our car handling like it did."
The seventh-place finish marked the third top 10 of the season for West Jr., who is in his first year behind the wheel of a 360ci winged sprint car.
Next up is the 33rd annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires this Friday and Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. It will mark his third time racing with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. West Jr. earned a 17th-place result during his series debut at I-30 Speedway in June and he recorded a career-best 11 th-place showing with the series at Riverside International Speedway in July.
"For this weekend I don't have any expectations," he said. "I want to go there and do the best I can and soak up as much experience as I can. If we could make the A Main that'd be huge, but that's going to be really hard to do. We'll give it our best shot and that's all we can do."
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 27 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 7 (5).
SEASON STATS -
10 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 3 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 9 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., for the 33 rd annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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West Jr. would like to thank Haley Electric, Flashe Graphics, Rick's Powder Coating and Jeff and Kim West for their continued support.
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