TJ Hartman Racing News June 1, 2008



TJ Hartman Racing News June 1st, 2008
June 1st, 2008
Author: Ted Hartman


Photo Courtesy of The Nicki Factor

TJ Hartman Racing - UPDATE - TJ Wins his First Trophy Dash!

Puyallup, WA - May 31, 2008...

Using the experience he gained from the ASCS Northwest Series the previous week, and gradually finding the edge of his own comfort zone, TJ pushed his Wesmar powered Maxim to the teams first trophy dash win. Then he capped the weekend off with a good drive in the A-main event at the Grays Harbor Raceway, leading the first 6 laps before surrendering the lead to the eventual winner.

The night started off strong with a great drive in the heat race - starting outside row two and driving his way to a second place finish. TJ describes the early events of the evening: "The car was fast all night! These Wesmar engines are called Bixby Bullets, and it was just that. I had all the power I needed. I was hitting my marks really good in turns one and two, but I struggled most of the night in three and four. There was a hole entering (turn) three, and I just wasn't getting through it very good. I made the pass for second in the heat race, and it felt really good."

Photo Courtesy of Fletcher Motorsports

The points earned from the heat race were enough to place the Lacey Auto Licensing, A1A BuyNSell, Beach Hut Vacations, Rockslinger Inc., Advanced Powder Coating, Performance Coatings, sprinter into the trophy dash. TJ continues: "I drew a good pill and got to start on the pole beside JJ (Hickle). That made me really comfortable, because we raced so much together in quarter midgets. It was a lot of fun to get to race really close with him again. My car was set up perfect, and I was getting more and more confident to race close with these guys. I was pretty nervous during the interview and forgot some names to thank, but I was happy my sister Nicki got to come down and stand with me in the picture, and the crowd was really cheering for me, so that was cool."

The ASCS heat race points and pill draw format lined TJ up on the pole of the main event, and he set a fast pace for the first handful of laps before surrendering the lead. "I did pretty well for the first 12 laps." TJ describes. "I made the call on my set up that was just too loose, and then I just couldn't get relaxed, and I ended up spinning out about half way through the race. I was disappointed, but I restarted in the back, and passed a few cars and ended up in ninth place. I'm getting more comfortable with the car and the track, but I've got to work on reading the track a little better before the race. I didn't expect it to slick off that much, but I'm still pretty happy with how I did, and my team made the car look great like always."

The next scheduled race for TJ Hartman Racing is June 14th at the Grays Harbor Raceway. The team is excited about TJ's ability, and the maturity that he is showing at such a young age. If the sound of the cheers from the grandstands, and the compliments from TJ's competitors are any indication, so is everyone else. The team is also grateful for the words of encouragement from our sponsors, and we encourage you to show your enthusiasm for the team by supporting those who support us.

Next scheduled stop - Grays Harbor Raceway - June 14th!

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