GILBERT’S ‘SUMMER TOUR’admin
Jason Gilbert Racing will be making his 49th career Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series start, when the series visits Madera Speedwayfor the “SPEARS Southwest Tour 125 presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink” on September 29. Gilbert will be making his fouth and final start of his “Summer Tour” after only making one event over the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
The Gilbert Motorsports group has made great strides this season, from their first start at the Irwindale Event Center in June, to the last event at The New Stockton 99 Speedway. At Stockton, Gilbert qualified ninth and ran with the lead cars in the top-ten. A shock issue, after the lap 73 restart, slowed his progress over the last 50 laps, ultimately finishing ninth. But the team showed speed, which is encouraging for the Dublin, CA driver.
“We continue to find speed and figure out the car”, Gilbert told the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series. “We would consider it a win, to be within range of the fast teams in practice, and qualify there as well. The race could go a million directions, and as long as we have speed all weekend, I think we will be in good shape. We have run well at Madera in the past, and I am looking forward to going back.”
Gilbert has eight career starts at Madera Speedway, with a best finish of third in 2013, his last full season with “The Tour”. He has two top-five and four top-ten results among those starts. The 2008 NASCAR Whelen All American Series, State of California Champion would love to pick up his first SRL victory at Madera, and take home the $5,000, thanks to the “Winner’s Bonus” provided by MPI – Max Papis Innovations.