Redemption was the name of the game for Preston Peltier on Saturday night as he took home the big $25,000 check at the 6th Annual Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway (WA). In a field stacked with talent from all around the nation, Peltier reigned supreme leading 165 of 200 laps.
“Bubba (Pollard) came out here a few years ago and he said that I would love this place, and I did for the first time last year. We came up six laps short with a dead battery. This year we got the monkey off our backs. That’s the way it is man,” Peltier told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane.
“It feels good. I’ll tell you, this is probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had. The Easter Bunny is always special, The World Crown is probably number one on the list, but this right here, we needed this. The car was just good.”
Local driver Lex Johnson came out of retirement to finish as the bridesmaid and admitted he didn’t have much for Peltier.
“We figured our setup yesterday in practice. We had really good heat races so we didn’t touch it at all today. We just played the weather conditions on the track and it worked in our favor. The car was good. It was a little loose off. I couldn’t get the power to the ground. The car was still fast the whole race. Preston just had us flat covered.”
Derek Thorn had been fast all weekend, and may have been Peltier’s hardest challenger for the win. Thorn led the race early on before suffering a flat right front tire that would send him to the pits and eventually two laps down.
“I had a flat right front leading. I came in and pitted. Lost two laps and got up to third multiple times. Because we were two laps down we weren’t eligible for the lucky dog. It just felt like a yo-yo all night,” Thorn admitted.
“It was frustrating for sure. These guys work way too hard to have stuff like that happen. It’s just bad luck. We got another flat right rear tire coming in with only four pounds of pressure at the end of the race. It just wasn’t our weekend I guess. I had everything go our way until lap 25 or 30.”
Southern Super Series regular Chris Davidson would go on to finish third and admits that he would like to come back next year.
“I thought we were pretty good when we started, got super loose in the first half, fell back to seventh or eighth, and I think we overcompensated just a little bit at the break. But all in all it was great. Clean race, everybody here gives you plenty of room. It’s an awesome place. It’s fun so I’m pretty happy. I don’t see why I wouldn’t come back next year. If it’s here I’m old enough that I’ve done all the normal stuff. Let’s travel and see what happens.”
More information, highlights and interviews from Saturday night’s race at Evergreen Speedway can be seen by visiting 51’s Trackside Now.
Next on the schedule for The Evergreen Speedway Crown Series is the the Toyota 100 on Saturday, August 12.
-By Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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Summer Showdown Official Results
Evergreen Speedway – ( Monroe, WA )
Saturday, July 22, 2017
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