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Wheatley Selects ASCS National Tour Podium Finish as Highlight of Season

Inside Line Promotions - LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (Oct. 29, 2018) - Austen Wheatley had a successful campaign in 2018 despite scaling back to the tune of only 20 sprint car races.

Wheatley put an emphasis on family as well as the apparel businesses he owns - Downforce Designs and Vaportrail Clothing.


"If you're in the Midwest or race with the World of Outlaws you can't do it as a hobby," he said. "Being around here I can focus on my business and be somewhat competitive for races around the Northwest."

Wheatley posted a trio of podium finishes with the highlight coming in late June when he scored his first career podium with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by SawBlade.com during the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway.

Wheatley won a heat race from fourth to be the high-points driver of the night. He started the feature sixth, but had to overcome a tire problem to record the career-best result.

"It wasn't an easy night," he said. "Traffic was tough in the main event, but we were able to move forward and make good decisions on the track. It was a really solid night from start to finish."

In July Wheatley led a Western Sprint Tour Speedweek show early before finishing fourth at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., and he placed fifth during the 29th annual Bob's Burger & Brew Summer Nationals at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.

"We should have won two or three races this year," he said. "Running well and winning races are two different things. That is part of what we sacrifice not running a lot. I'm not sure what next year will entail, but hopefully we can put ourselves in position to win races and we can capitalize.

"I also want to thank our sponsors for supporting our family team."

SEASON STATS -


20 races, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 6 top 10s, 8 top 15s, 14 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, Franklin Rear Ends, Elite Wings, ART Speed Equipment, Schaeffer Oil and Banshee Graphics for their continued support.



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