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Bruce Jr. Nets Sixth-Place Finish During Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout Finale

Bruce Jr. Nets Sixth-Place Finish During Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout Finale

(Photo by TeeJay Crawford)

Inside Line Promotions – PARK CITY, Kan. (April 2, 2018) – Tony Bruce Jr. recorded his first top-10 finish of the season last Saturday during the finale of the 8th annual Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout at 81 Speedway.

Bruce Jr. and the Smith Family No. 86 team kicked off the NCRA Series doubleheader on Friday by placing sixth and fifth, respectively, in twin heat races.

“I hit a tractor tire on the start of the first heat and almost spun the car out,” he said. “We fell almost back to last. For us to salvage a decent finish was big. We needed to capitalize on the second heat. We got a good late-race restart and that put us in a good position to make the A Main.”

Bruce Jr. ranked 18th out of nearly 50 drivers and that locked him into the 18th starting position in the main event. Unfortunately, a mechanical problem sent Bruce Jr. to the pits early with a 20th-place result.

The event wrapped up on Saturday, when Bruce Jr. charged from ninth to fourth place in a heat race.

“We went from ninth to fourth and were another lap from getting third,” he said. “We hit the setup almost perfect. I felt like my driving was where I needed to be and I made the correct moves. We were able to pass a lot of cars.”

That locked Bruce Jr. into the seventh starting position for the A Main on a track that had already taken rubber, which made it difficult to pass.

“I got to fifth and then toward the end of the race I kept getting tighter and tighter,” he said. “I pushed out of the rubber one lap and Sammy (Swindell) was able to get by us. However, it was a solid finish and a solid night for us.

“The track didn’t lend itself for a lot of racing. There were conditions that were difficult with the track, but that comes back to us figuring out what we need to do to improve our chances. Friday didn’t quite go as I would have planned, but we kept after it and we ended up with a good finish on Saturday.”

Bruce Jr. will drive for Mike Hayashi this Friday and Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Tony Stewart Presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by SawBlade.com.


March 30 – 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. – Heat race #1: 6 (5); Heat race #2: 5 (7); Feature: 20 (18).

March 31 – 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. – Heat race: 4 (9); Feature: 6 (7).


3 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 2 top 15s, 3 top 20s


Friday and Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Tony Stewart Presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by SawBlade.com


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