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TJ Hartman Racing News - May 12th, 2014

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Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 5:30 PM
Written By: Shelby Dawn

 

EDMONTON, AB, CA- May 12th, 2014-- This past Saturday marked the debut of the Harley Davidson of Edmonton, KidSport Edmonton “So ALL Kids Can Play” , number 19, 360 Sprint Car. The night was full of unexpected issues for the team but they were able to overcome the difficulties, put the knowledge they gained to use and bring the car home for a 4th place finish.

 

This was TJ's first run with the team's new Custom Automotive Specialties, 360 motor. In TJ's words, "Roger put a really great piece together for me and I can tell that it is going to be really reliable. There are still a few things to work on but nothing of concern."

 


Photo courtesy of John Mattie- https://www.facebook.com/john.mattie.773
TJ showing off his new Horsepower.

 

About two laps into the main event, running 3rd, steering became incredibly difficult for TJ. Knowing that it was not something major, TJ stayed out until a yellow flag was flown and took the opportunity to head for the pits. He was able to point Scotty and Doug to the problem and make it back out on the track before the two caution laps were up. By the time the checkered flag flew, TJ had fought his way back up to 4th place.

 


Photo courtesy of Lisa Davies aka "Pit Mom"
TJ, Doug and Scotty working hard.

 

The team fought inconsistency with the car for the majority of the night. For TJ, the motor, as well as the Capital Gear Motorsports Car, were completely new. The team ran a set up similar to what they ran at the end of the season last year and it was something that did not suit the car well. However, through troubleshooting and perseverance, they were able to make some helpful changes in the setup and TJ feels confident as the team prepares to head to Montana early Thursday morning. "Knowing that we can fight back the way that we did, while having many problems just shows how well this team is able to work together," the 22 year old continues, "coming out of the gate with a new motor and applying everything we learned this weekend, we have every intention of heading to Montana and bringing home a win." TJ has visited Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana a few times before and is eager to get down there once again.

 


Photo courtesy of STPRacing Memories- https://www.facebook.com/stpracing.memories
The team in the background working, pit mom doing what pit mom does.

 

A huge thank you is in order for Syd and John of the Decal Shop. They printed all of the stickers for the car and helped to really make it look sharp for its first trip to the track this year. Thanks also to Scotty and Doug who spent countless hours painting the car and getting it all ready for this weekend. As TJ put it, "There is never a dull moment at the track, each night is fun and constructive. This team radiates positivity and it’s something that I just cannot get enough of. I really want to give a shout out to everyone on Facebook and those who sent me messages on how great the car looked. Those words really mean a lot to me. It’s a cool look for us and fits this whole team perfectly.”

 

In order to stay up to date with TJ and his racing progress for the upcoming season you can:
"Like" his TJ Hartman Racing Facebook page,
"follow" him on Twitter @TJHartman19 or
"follow" him on Instagram @TJHartman19