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Wheatley Progresses Throughout 24th annual Trophy Cup


Inside Line Promotions - TULARE, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) - Austen Wheatley wrapped up his season last weekend at the 24th annual Trophy Cup hosted by Thunderbowl Raceway.

"Every time we hit the track we got better and learned more," he said. "I want to thank Willie Kahne for giving me the opportunity to drive for him and I hope we get to work together again."


The event began on Thursday when Wheatley qualified 20th quickest in his group before he placed seventh in a heat race and ended 19 th in a B Main.

"We were really, really tight," he said. "The track was rough and I felt like I was in a Sea-Doo in deep sea waves. As soon as you'd get through one hole there were seven more in the corners.

"I'd never run a CS9 chassis before and Willie hadn't worked with me so there was a learning curve. A lot of your success was dependent on qualifying and your luck in the heat race. There wasn't a lot of passing so a lot of drivers who gained positions did so from attrition."

Wheatley improved his results across the board on Friday as he timed in 10 th quickest in his group before advancing from fourth to third place in a heat race. The night ended with an eighth-place finish in a B Main.

Saturday's finale began with similar momentum as Wheatley won a heat race. Unfortunately, a mechanical problem a couple of laps into the B Main ended the weekend early with a DNF.

"I had fun working with Willie," he said. "We changed a bunch of stuff and made good gains on it throughout the weekend."

QUICK RESULTS -


Oct. 19 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. - Qualifying: 20; Heat race: 7 (2); B Main: 19 (15).

Oct. 20 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. - Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 3 (4); B Main: 8 (4).

Oct. 21 - Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. - Heat race: 1 (2); B Main: DNF (13).

SEASON STATS -



35 races, 3 wins, 4 top fives, 11 top 10s, 17 top 15s, 23 top 20s

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.



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