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Wheatley Excited to Defend Home Turf Against World of Outlaws


Inside Line Promotions - LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (Aug. 28, 2017) - Austen Wheatley is prepared for a busy two-week stretch of seven races in nine days along the West Coast.

The Washington State native will pilot his family owned No. 44w with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series three times in his home state this weekend with the Outlaw Energy Showdown on Friday and Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger prior to Monday's race at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma.


Wheatley will also compete at Grays Harbor Raceway on Sunday, when he will drive for Doug Rutz during a Summer Thunder Sprint Series event.

"It's nice going into this weekend with some laps at both tracks this season," Wheatley said. "Last year we showed up without racing much all year and were competitive. We were fighting for top 10s without any laps so hopefully that means we can do better thanks to the experience we have this year."

Wheatley has competed a half dozen times at Skagit Speedway this season with a top result of sixth place. He has three top 10s, including two in a row, and has qualified in the top 10 during all three races qualifying has been included in the program this season.

Wheatley has five starts at Grays Harbor Raceway, including a win, a runner-up result and four top 10s. He has also set quick time during qualifying in the two races when he's qualified.

"When you travel you only hit those tracks once or maybe twice a year," he said. "All tracks have certain patterns to what they do throughout a night. You can't bank on it doing something specific when you aren't there regularly, but the Outlaws are so smart they adapt really quick. If you can have any knowledge before they know it definitely helps."

This weekend will also mark Wheatley's first 410ci winged sprint car action of the season and his first World of Outlaws race since earning a career-best fifth-place result during the Gold Cup in September 2016.


SEASON STATS -



18 races, 2 wins, 3 top fives, 9 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 14 top 20s

UP NEXT -


Friday and Saturday at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., for the Outlaw Energy Showdown and Monday at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Sunday at Grays Harbor Raceway with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series

MEDIA LINKS -


Website: http://www.AustenWheatley.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AustenWheatley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DownForceDesigns?fref=ts

APPAREL -


Wheatley will have t-shirts and hoodies for sale at every race he competes at this season. For his schedule of races, visit http://www.AustenWheatley.com.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Downforce Designs


Downforce Designs is an apparel company established and operated by Austen Wheatley. For information on apparel options, prices, clientele and more, visit http://www.DownforceDesigns.com .

"It's good to have a fresh take on apparel in the sport," Wheatley said. "My goal is to provide something unique and diverse, and I think I know what a driver wants to see on his or her apparel. It's a racer helping racers."

Wheatley would also like to thank Redlined Welding & Construction, Astro Titanium, Fire-Down Graphics, SpeedMart, Bell and King Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS -

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.



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