Inside Line Promotions - TULARE, Calif. (March 16, 2022) - A pair of California bullrings are on tap for Jason Sides this weekend.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visits Merced Speedway in Merced on Friday and Ocean Speedway in Watsonville for the Ocean Outlaw Showdown on Saturday. It's been approximately eight years since Sides has raced at Merced Speedway.
"It's been several years since we've been there," he said. "I know they've made it a little bigger and we haven't been there since it's been bigger. I only remember being there a few times, but I know we ran third twice."
Sides scored a third-place result during his track debut in 2011 and he duplicated that performance the following season. He's also placed 10 th at the oval in 2013 and 15th during his most recent race in 2014.
Saturday's event at Ocean Speedway will mark the first trip to the track for Sides since 2016 when he ended a career-best 16th.
"Both tracks are pretty small," he said. "It's all about getting qualified, which was what doomed us last weekend."
Sides was unable to attempt qualifying last Friday during the opening round of a doubleheader at Thunderbowl Raceway because of a mechanical problem, which derailed his weekend.
"The first night we broke a crank shaft so that night was shot," he said. "The second night I thought we'd do better. Qualifying fell off. There were some guys around us that still went good though so at the end of the day I needed to do better. Once you're buried in the back of the heat race and Last Chance Showdown like we were both nights it's tough to overcome that."
QUICK RESULTS -
March 11 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. - Qualifying: No Time; Heat race: 7 (8); B Main: 10 (9).
March 12 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. - Qualifying: 29; Heat race: 8 (8); B Main: 10 (9).
SEASON STATS -
7 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 0 top 15s, 1 top 20
UP NEXT -
Friday at Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif., and Saturday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., for the Ocean Outlaw Showdown with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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"R.E. Enterprises does a lot for us and we really appreciate their support," Sides said. "Chris and everybody over there are just as good of friends as they are partners."
Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., East Coast Logistics, BR Motorsports, Dancer Logistics, Inc., VRP Shocks, King Racing Products, Jim Schuhknecht, ShopRico.com, Phillips Tosco, North Baltimore Custom Cuts and Retail Meat, TORA TORA, Lomelino Sign Co., FSR Radiators, Mid-States Equipment, Wilwood, Brad, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Builtwiser Wings and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.
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