The Flowdynamics duo climb the Usac/Cra rankings – Two races this week
After what seemed like an eternity to its anxious drivers, the Flowdynamics racing team finally returned to action last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. At the end of the night, Matt McCarthy and teammate Logan Williams both moved up the USAC/CRA Series Championship standings. This week they will travel to Central California to race at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Friday and Stone Chevrolet GMC Buick Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare on Saturday for the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.”
Last Saturday’s race was the first for both drivers in seven weeks for three straight nights at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway in late January. In front of one of the biggest crowds in Perris Auto Speedway’s 26-year history, they took to the track in qualifying and looked anything but rusty. McCarthy ended up fourth fastest in the 23-car field with a sizzling 16.675 lap. Williams was right behind him in fifth with a time of 16.703.
In heat race action, McCarthy started and was fifth in the second 10 laps. Williams’ qualifying race came moments later and it had an interesting twist. The eight-car race pitted him against his two older brothers. The three placed first, second and third, with Austin taking the win, Logan second and older brother Cody third.
For the main event, Williams was inside the second row in #5W. McCarthy started two rows behind his teammate inside the fourth row. McCarthy, who lives in Riverside, Calif., advanced early in the race and was fifth on lap five. After a bike on the second pad of the corner, Williams came back to 11and.
The key to the race was to stay out of trouble as the yellow flag slowed the action five times and the red flag stopped the race once. Luckily, the Flowdynamics pilots managed to avoid all the trouble. At the halfway point, McCarthy was sixth and Williams, of Yorba Linda, Calif., was ninth. Fifteen laps later the checkered flag ended the race with McCarthy seventh and Williams 11and.
Williams arrived at the track sixth in the championship standings and was two places clear of fourth by the time he set off for home. McCarthy’s finish was his best of the year and he saw him go from 16and at 12and. He is only 18 points out of 10and.
This week, the series heads out of town to race this Friday and Saturday in California’s Central Valley. First stop is Peter Murphy’s Keller Auto Speedway on Friday, April 1st. Twenty-four hours later, Saturday, April 2n/aaction moves to Thunderbowl in Tulare
Doors open at 4:00 p.m. at Keller Auto Speedway on Friday. The track is located at 801 S. 10and Street in Hanford (93230). Advance tickets are available at https://www.myracepass.com/events/402000/tickets/. For more information, the track’s website is https://www.racekingsspeedway.com/.
On Saturday, the USAC/CRA show moves to Thunderbowl Raceway which is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets at 620 South K Street Tulare, CA 93274. Gates will open at 4:00 a.m. with qualifying at 6:00 a.m. and race at 7:00 a.m. Camping is available for fans of turns three and four. Thunderbowl Raceway’s website is http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/.
Fans who can’t make it to the races located near the center of the “Golden State” can still watch all the action live with a subscription to Flo Racing at https://www.floracing.com/.
Following this weekend’s races, Flowdynamics Racing will have two weeks off before making its first appearance at Mohave Valley Raceway in Arizona on April 23.rd. A week later, the team will wrap up a busy April by returning to its home track, Perris Auto Speedway, on the 30and.
Flow dynamic PR