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Mesilla Valley Transportation saved the weekend
LEDUC, Alb. (November 9, 2017) When Skylar Gee set out in pursuit of the 2017 ASCS Brodix National Rookie of the Year, his number one goal was to not miss a race. That goal was nearly dashed with the finish line in sight as issues with the team’s truck had them stranded in Dallas, Texas.
Frantically looking for a truck, a call to Royal Jones with Mesilla Valley Transportation was all it took to deliver the No. 99 to the 2017 finale for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.
“Royal saved the weekend for us for sure. We wanted to make the full schedule, and thanks to him, we get to accomplish that,” commented Gee.
Making it just in time to check out Wednesday’s Fan Fest, the team took the opportunity to test the car during Wednesday’s practice session, despite running on three hours of sleep, “We’re tired, but we made some laps tonight and the car felt really good so hopefully we can carry some speed into the weekend.”
Skylar’s second venture to the Arizona oval, the driver of the Carlan Services No. 99 looks to improve over his last visit during the 2015 Winter Heat.
“I feel a lot better coming into this event. We got really beat down during Winter Heat, but this time, I feel like I’m racing in class. Overall, I’m really happy with the car and the engines, so we’ll see what we can do.”
Special thanks to Sammy Swindell for jumping in and offering his expertise.
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LEDUC, Alb. (October 18, 2017) Skylar Gee’s first trip to the COMP Cams ASCS Mid-South Short Track Nationals was a successful one with the Carlan Services No. 99 rolling to a 10th place finish in Saturday’s $15,000 to win feature event.
“It was a great weekend for us. We unloaded and were fast right out of the gate so it definitely showed us we are getting better,” said Gee who is the leading Rookie with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
Coming out of Thursday’s opener with a 14th place in the 25-lap preliminary feature, Gee was 12th overall in event points. That brought running Friday into question, with the team deciding to go ahead and draw in. The decision was pivotal to the weekend’s success.
“We figured we’d a least try and run Friday. Whether we made the show or not, we wanted to learn about the track a little bit more, and ended up we ran way better than we did Thursday and jumped from 12th in points to fourth, so that really helped.”
Of the improved performance, Skylar gave special thanks to Sammy Swindell for jumping in and offering his expertise.
Still having to run in a Showdown Qualifier on Saturday, the 10 lap affair was worth double points with Gee capitalizing with a run from sixth to fourth to secure the final transfer into Saturday’s big dance.
“It was such a relief,” commented Gee, who made the show with an engine assembled by his father. “I’ve had to run a lot of B-Mains this year in order to make the show, and it helped us to where we weren’t having to scramble. I just felt like we were able to be more focused on what we needed to do in the feature.”
Following I-80 Speedway Fall Brawl
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LEDUC, Alb. (October 6, 2017) Continuing to pick up speed through his rookie season with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Skylar Gee hopes to keep that momentum rolling as he makes his first visit to the El Paso County Raceway on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7,
“The place looks pretty neat. Looking at pictures and videos, I’m excited to get there and see what we can do. More than that, we’re ready to do some short track racing,” said Skylar who leads the Brodix ASCS National Rookie of the Year standings.
Rolling out of the Fall Brawl at I-80 Speedway, Gee again was able to race his way into the A-Feature, where he was able to advance from 17th to 12th, despite the track narrowing throughout the event.
“I made a few mistakes the first few laps, and that cost me, but as we went on I was able to pick those spots up and start really moving through the field. I feel I would have probably finished top-ten if I hadn’t missed it at the start, but overall it was a good run.”
Carlan Services No. 99 making the cut all three nights
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LEDUC, Alb. Can. (September 30, 2017) Skylar Gee can count his trip the 7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial a success with the Carlan Services No. 99 making the cut all three nights with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
“It was kind of bittersweet. We were really good Thursday, but Friday we weren’t as good. Not really sure what we did wrong. We didn’t really change much, but I think the track just threw us off a little bit, but we hung on and finished,” commented Gee of his preliminary nights that saw a best finish of 14th during Thursday’s A-Feature.
Setting Gee into a Qualifier on Saturday, Skylar raced on position shy of a direct transfer into the show, but was able race through the B-Main to better his overall weekend finish with a 13th place showing from the 19th starting spot.
“We had a car capable of transfer out of the Qualifiers, but we just couldn’t seem to get the moves to work, but we made it through the B-Main, and had a great car in the feature.”
Setting sights on another new facility, the No. 99 will venture to the high-banked, I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. on Saturday, September 30 for the Fall Brawl.
“I haven’t watched anything on I-80, but I’ve talking to the BDS Motorsports team and they said it’s fast, but you can race so I’m pretty excited to get to another new track.”
No. 99 takes on Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.
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LEDUC, Alb. (August 23, 2017) Skylar Gee is looking forward to getting back on a short track as the driver of the Carlan Services No. 99 takes on Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. on Thursday, August 24 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Off a return visit to the Missouri State Fair Speedway this past Sunday, Gee was less than thrilled with the outcome of his weekend at the half-mile.
“We were looking to have a lot better run than we did for sure. I just flat out made a mistake in the Heat race that knocked the front end out of it. After that, we were just buried the rest of the night,” commented Gee.
Making his debut at the “The Ditch”, Gee feels good to get back on a quarter-mile.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to short tracks. I haven’t really run a lot of big tracks, so the smaller tracks just really suit my driving style better.”
Commenting that his father, Tim Gee, had experience racing at Riverside over 30 years ago, Skyler said his dad described the track as ‘unique’. All the more reason that Skylar is excited to see what all the hype is.
Following Top Five At The Rushmore Rumble
LEDUC, ALB. (July 19, 2017) When you get the call from Doug Rutz to race in front of your hometown crowd, you don’t say no. With that in mind, Skylar Gee is headed north this weekend for the 62nd running of the Jim Albert Memorial Gold Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alb. Canada on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity. I would never have thought I would get the chance to race for Doug at the Gold Cup. I have a lot of respect for him and for Travis in what they were able to accomplish together, so like I said, I’m just really excited,” commented Skylar who won the Gold Cup in 2015 after starting 11th.
Just off the Rushmore Rumble with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Gee picked up a weekend best fifth place finish during Friday’s preliminary A-Feature after starting eighth.
“It was a good run, but it seems like every time we have a good car, we are starting so far back it makes it hard to really show how good we are, but at the same time, it shows we can move forward. We’re getting better every night and I feel like we’re getting close to our first National Tour win,” commented Gee of his Friday night performance.
Tenth the following night, Gee was lurking just outside the top five for most of the race until a late race restart.
“We’re not sure what happened. The car was a little free all night, but after the caution, it was really loose like a tire sealed over. I think we would have been sixth or seventh had the caution not come out.”
Ended his weekend with a ninth place finish
Starting the weekend off with a 12th place showing, Gee found himself struggling to keep pace despite starting outside the front row. Starting to the outside of the third row on Saturday night, Gee again slipped backwards but was able to keep the car inside the top-ten.
“We were really good early on both nights, but honestly it was a really disappointing weekend for us. We had a lot of success there last year and figured we’d be better, but we just couldn’t get it working the features,” commented Gee. “I just made some mistakes that cost us.”
Taking the week to go over the Carlan Services No. 99, Gee got some assistance from BDS Motorsports owner, Bryan Sundby. Taking in what the veteran car owner had to say, Gee was very appreciative of the tips.
Moving east to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. for the Rushmore Rumble on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, Gee hopes to get his momentum rolling again at the big half-mile. One year ago, Skylar placed eighth in the preliminary A-Feature.
“We were fast here last year. We’d only seen it one time, but showed some good speed. We did a lot of work on our program this week so we’re hoping to get some top finishes going into Knoxville. ”
Skylar would again like to thank Strong’s Crane Services in Billings, Mont. and the Liebig family in Rapid City, S.D. for their continue support of the No. 99 team
Lucas Oil ASCS At Brownfield Classic
LEDUC, Alb. (July 6, 2017) Hard work and patience is starting to pay off for Skylar Gee, as the Brodix Rookie of the Year contender posted a career best fifth place finish with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network to open up the Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway.
Starting off the night with a Heat Race win to lock into Friday’s redraw, Skylar advanced to finish fifth after starting eight in the 25 lap preliminary A-Feature.
“Getting a top five was awesome. It would have been nice to get fourth and get locked in, but I kind of gave up the spot to [Roger] Crockett when I slid off the bottom, but it happens,” said Skylar of the fifth place finish. “It was really good though being in Washington with a lot of our sponsors there and everyone around.”
Drawing the second row of the Heat Race on Saturday night, things didn’t go the way Skylar had planned; putting the Carlan Services/Shark Racing Engines No. 99 starting sixth in the first B-Feature.
“We struggled early for some reason. We really hadn’t changed much from Friday, but after that, it was clear we needed to do something so we made a bunch of changes for the B-Main and it was a lot better.”
Moving up three spots to advance to the A-Feature, Skylar was able to charge from 21st to 10th before all was said and done.
“We made more changes before the A-Main, and it worked in our favor where we were really able to move forward,” said Gee. “Overall, the weekend was great. I really did learn a lot starting that far back on getting through traffic and staying on the lead lap when you do have to start that far back.”
Back to the scene of his 2016 Brodix ASCS Frontier Region Championship, Skylar will take on the 2nd annual Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.
“I love racing at Belgrade. “We’ve had a lot of success there. We were pretty fast last year, just didn’t have the right engine program, but this year we’ve got Shark Racing Engines so I’m excited to see what we can do.”
CP Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night
LEDUC, Alb. (June 30, 2017) Making the call for the A-Feature all three nights of the 46th Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway, Canada’s Skylar Gee posted a best finish of ninth during Friday’s preliminary A-Feature.
Along with the top-ten finish, Skylar was also the night’s CP Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night after winning the B-Main to make the show. With a combined finish of 13th and ninth during preliminary completion, Skylar was able to lock his Carlan Services No. 99 into Saturday’s $15,000 to win feature event.
“We were good Thursday and Friday. Getting locked in was a big relief for sure,” commented Skylar.
Starting 14th in Saturday’s feature event, Gee struggled to move forward during the feature, but eventually did find his groove to salvage a 15th place finish.
“We thought the track was going to be a little tackier, and just missed the setup. The car was okay, it just took too long to find a groove that worked, but once we did, we were able to get a couple spots back. Overall, not a bad weekend. Just looking forward to Grays Harbor now.”
Skylar will be in action on Friday, June 30 and July 1 at Grays Harbor Raceway for the Fred Brownfield Classic with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Following Inaugural ASCS Speedweek Showing
LEDUC, Alberta (June 23, 2017) Taking on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour’s Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek for the first time, Canada’s Skylar Gee mounted a noteworthy performance with an overall eighth place finish in the final Speedweek standings.
“It was really nice. We worked hard the week before to make sure we were ready for Speedweek and it paid off for us. Every race track we went to was pretty much a new track for us and I felt we did really well”
Starting off at West Texas Raceway, Skylar ended the night 10th, with the following night at Route 66 Motor Speedway ending with a seventh place performance. Duplicating that result on Tuesday at the Devil’s Bowl, the team moved to Lawton Speedway on Wednesday with an 11th place finish.
Sixteenth on Thursday and Creek, the team rebounded slightly the following night at Randolph County Raceway. The week capped off with a ninth place finish at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Asked which night he felt was his overall best success, Skylar pointed to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
“We ran fourth for most of the race until we had a late race restart. Just make a few mistakes and it cost me a few spots, but that was the best I’ve ever felt at that place.”
Into Dirt Cup, Skylar put his Carlan Services/Pat Beck Motorsports No. 99 in the show on Thursday night. Crossing 13th, Gee will continue his quest on Friday, June 23.
“I love racing up here and we always have pretty good runs. I’m excited to see what we can do.”