TJ Hartman Racing News April 15, 2008



TJ Hartman Racing News April 15th, 2008
Apr 15th, 2008
Author: Ted Hartman


On a beautiful Spring day that felt more like the middle of summer, TJ was finally able to do what he had been planning for since he first started racing quartermidgets at the Grays Harbor Raceway - the opportunity to get on the big track in Elma. The team planned this past Saturdays scheduled playday to make sure the Wesmar powered Maxim was ready to go, and get TJ some time on the high speed clay oval. As it turned out, the test and tune lived up to it's name - a test of the tune.

Once again TJ looked at his crew wondering if this was another practical joke when the car would not run properly. The team struggled most of the day trying to trace down the problem, while TJ looked as if he had grown up on the high banked track. In reality he had, as he raced right next door at the little track, and spent many nights studying the big cars waiting for his chance to show what he could do.

In the end the problem turned out to be a simple improperly routed fuel line from the fuel pump, and TJ was given one more opportunity by track officials to test the car at it's limits. "I knew immediately it was fixed" TJ said. "And the track was just how I like it, nice and dry slick. It gave me the chance to use the throttle alot, and that's the way I like it". It only took until the first corner to see that both TJ, and the Lacey Auto Licensing, A1A Buy-N-Sell, BeachHut Vacations, Beckler's Mobile Welding sprint car was ready to get the season started. A few fast laps later TJ exited the track, and rolled the car to a stop at the trailer, as the crew smiled and gave a deep sigh of relief.

Compliments on the cars appearance were plentiful from the fans and track personnel who had been awaiting the arrival of TJ's debut on the big track. Many had seen the youngster literally grow up in front of them, and were anxious to see him run a full size car. The blue sky and hot sun made for a picture perfect day, and the track photographer captured some brilliant shots of TJ in action.

Now less than two weeks away, TJ will take on the competition once again in Elma - this time against those who have known for several years he was coming. The team invites each of you to plan on making it to Elma for the season opener, but if you can't make it, you can stay up to speed on all of the exciting news and new developments by visiting TJ's web site at You can also find TJ's schedule by going directly to his web site link at

Through your help and support, TJ is ready for 2008. Once again, the team thanks all of the great sponsors of TJ Hartman Racing, and encourage you to show your enthusiasm for the team by supporting those who support us.

Next stop - Season Opener - April 26th - Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma!

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