TJ Hartman Racing News May 19, 2008

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TJ Hartman Racing News May 19th, 2008
May 19th, 2008
Author: Ted Hartman

 



Photo Courtesy of FletcherMotorsports

TJ Hartman Racing - UPDATE


Puyallup, WA - May 17, 2008...

This weekends great weather, and a beautiful race track, ended in disappointment for TJ Hartman and his race team. A mechanical failure in the front end of the #19 Wesmar powered Maxim ended the evening on the first lap of the main event.

A week off from racing had TJ anxious to get behind the wheel of his Lacey Auto Licensing, A1A BuyNSell, Beach Hut Vacations, Rockslinger Inc., Advanced Powder Coating, sprint car. "We're really not sure what happened." TJ explains. "We took the green flag and everything was fine. Going down the frontstretch to start the second lap, the steering felt like it just locked up, and then started to pull to the right real hard. So I just hit the brakes, and tried to keep it off the wall."

The winged sprint car slid to a stop in turn 1 with the left front sitting on the ground, and in need of a tow truck. TJ continues: "The front axle was bent back, and the tie rod and drag link were both bent too. I never hit anything, so it's kind of confusing what happened. We're thinking maybe something was weakened in the last race when I tipped over, but we never saw anything when we prepped the car. I'm disappointed because the car was really good, and the track was perfect for me. I really wanted to make some laps this week."

With a schedule that wasn't set to include the ASCS Northwest Tour races, TJ may have to go another two weeks before he gets a chance to tighten his belts and wave the Grays Harbor Raceway push trucks to go. "I'm just anxious." TJ states while wearing his traditional smile. "I didn't know it, but one of my friends from California flew in at the last minute to see me race. He was sitting in the stands and wanted to surprise me, but never got a chance to really see me run. He came up to Hanford last year to help us, and it would have been cool to have him see me run with the wing on. He said I looked pretty good, and to just keep working on my line, and of course, my starts!"

The next scheduled race for TJ Hartman Racing is May 31st at the Grays Harbor Raceway. The team is anxious to be on the track, and continue with the goal of having fun and helping TJ develop his skills in the race car. A last minute flight change is indicative of the excitement and support for TJ and his team, and we encourage you to show your enthusiasm for the team by supporting those who support us.

Next scheduled stop - Grays Harbor Raceway - May 31st!