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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.