Chris Ennis Racing Newsletter (May 31, 2014) – Double Duty at Thunderbowl Raceway
It was a busy Saturday for the EIGHTsix Motorsports Team inTulare,California. Both USAC Sprint and Midget Series would take to the track for some close racing. Chris
would be piloting both family-owned entries in either class.
After a good practice session in the Sprint car Chris climbed behind the wheel of the #86 Spike Midget but would quickly notice something was broken on the car. After
getting the car back to the pits and doing some investigating the team would find an almost completely destroyed yolk. The team quickly got to work dismantling the cars drive train to get it back
onto the track. The problem would cause Chris to miss both qualifying and the heat race in the midget.
In the sprint car Chris would qualify 11th not far off the top qualifier with a close and fast group of cars at Thunderbowl Raceway. After a tight three
car battle during the heat Chris would bring the sprint car across the line in 4th to transfer into the A-main event for the evening.
The USAC Western Midget Series would take to the track first for the evenings main events. After thrashing on the car to get it ready Chris would be able to make the
call for the main event. Because Chris had missed qualifying and the heat races he would have to tag the back of the USAC midget main event in 16th. After a few close calls and yellows the
race quickly became a test of survival against the very dry-slick race track. The EIGHTsix Motorsports midget would work its way through the field with each incident eventually brining the car across
the finish line in 4th place earning Chris the “Hard Charger” Award.
The sprint car race would be the final main event of the night. By this point the track had two very different race lines, on the bottom against the inside berm or up
high against the treacherous Tularewall. There was close racing throughout the evening with slide jobs at both ends of the track. After a heated battle with three other cars Chris was able to pick up
one more spot on the final lap. After getting a great drive off the wall in turn 2 the EIGHTsix Motorsports sprint car raced down the back stretch gaining one more spot into turn 3 before taking the
checkered flag and finishing in 12th.
Chris would like to extend a special thanks to his dad Allen and mother Susan, Ricky Shelton and Ty Hindman of Full Circle Racing, Brad Benson and sons, as well as
Chris would also like to thank all his 2014 Sponsors; Sidewaze Designs, Young’s Commercial Trucking, Hooker Harness, R2C Competition Filters, Ano-Tech Anodize
Specialists, Cap's Brite Hot Coatings, Awesome Racewear, King Racing Products, My Lucas Oil, Bell Helmets USA, Spy Optics, Slick Products, RB Components, Ryno Power Supplements, & The Kickstand