TJ Hartman Racing News July 31, 2013


Photo Courtesy of Kidsport Edmonton - Rolling in the track at Castrol Raceway

TJ Hartman Racing PR - The Stars Shine Bright!

Edmonton, AB Canada - July 31, 2013...

TJ Hartman took part in Castrol Raceway's Race of Champions Invitational Wednesday evening, and showed the fans that turned out to see NASCAR stars Dave Blaney, Micheal Waltrip, and Kenny Schrader in their NPP late Models, what winged sprintcars are about.  Overcoming an engine setting issue from earlier in the evening, the Puyallup WA driver powered his way to a 5th place finish when the final checkered flag flew.

Sprintcars would be the undercard for the midweek event, but they quickly proved why the fans get up and cheer for the wild and sometimes crazy drivers.  TJ gets the night started: "The track was pretty greasy still in hot laps, so we never got a chance to feel out the engine real good.  As soon as the heat started, I knew we had a problem.  Roger has been right there with us every time, and I knew he would get it sorted out."

Hartman would finish the heat race where he started - in the 7th position, relegating him to the B-dash where he would start inside the 3rd row.  "The engine was much better in the dash."  says Hartman.  "I was working the track pretty good and managed to finish 2nd.  That gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the night."

The team could now focus on finding the right setup for the main event.  With a building curb, track officials reworked the tricky surface as competitors studied and made mental notes.  "I was watching it carefully."  states the owner/driver.  "The cushion was pretty big, but I wanted to be able to run it if I needed.  Scotty and I discussed it and we ended up hitting the setup pretty good."

The Custom Automotive Specialties powered #19 Maxim was slated to start the main event out of the 12th position.  When the checkered flag dropped, TJ would carry Kidsport Edmonton across the line in 5th place.  He talks about the race:  "I was just a bit tight at the beginning and that made it tough to pass anyone up high.  I was following (Travis)Rilat up through the traffic.  I saw him make a move around two cars but a yellow caught me wrong.  On the restart I gave it a try and passed a couple more cars.  My car just kept getting better and better for the track.  I'm really happy with how it went."

Coming off a tough weekend at Skagit Speedway, the 21 year old shares his emotions from the night:  "It obviously feels great to make some better decisions in my driving.  I had a lot of time on the drive back up here to think about it, and I'm just glad I could show all of our sponsors that we are better than we showed at Skagit."

TJ makes mention of some off-track details that stood out for him as well.  "I have to thank Ron MacDonnell and Castrol Raceways for putting this event together and allowing me to participate.  Also, to Roger for working hard to get his engine running good and taking the time to work with me.  And Scotty and Lisa and their EBR Motorsports team for helping out and being great friends.  Shelby had to return home but Scotty's daughter Brandie made sure the car was looking good all night long.  It was a lot of fun having Scotty's marketing partners like Kidsport Edmonton, The Decal Shop, and The Powder Station, at the track supporting and cheering us on.  It's always fun to hear what people say the first time they've actually seen a sprintcar in person!"

Next up for Hartman is the Extreme Cup at Castrol Raceway in the EBR Motorsport, Kidsport Edmonton sprinter on August 9th and 10th.  TJ concludes the night: "It was a lot of fun tonight, and I'm looking forward to carrying the momentum forward.  I've driven Scotty and Lisa's car before and we've got it dialed in pretty good.  I can't wait to try and get them another win."

Tentative plans had TJ staying in Edmonton through the World of Outlaws race later in August.  The team will decide whether to firm up those plans as the date draws nearer.  Stay up on the latest information by following along on twitter at or on TJ's Facebook page at for the latest news and information, along with race night updates.

Next scheduled stop - Seat Swap!

Results - Race of Champions Invitational Castrol Raceway:
7-31-2013 -
Heat: Start-7th, Finish-7th
B-Dash: Start-5th, Finish-2nd
A-Main: Start-12th, Finish-5th

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