Tekin driver Mike Malott reports from round 1 of SRI Raceway’s Local Joe Series.
“In the main the top 5 in quals were only 8 seconds apart. The main started off really well and my OFNA teammate and I were able to get away from the field early and were starting to pull away. I made a mistake under the bridge section and it took the marshal a few seconds to get to me and that dropped me back to about 5th spot. I knew I had a lot of time left so I put that behind me and started hitting my marks and making a charge. When I got to 3rd I could see the top 2 were starting to battle it out and if I could get to them I would be able to make my moves while they were racing each other. I caught them with about 4 minutes to go and stayed right there with them until about 3 minutes to go. I made a move on the leaders and went to the inside of both of them coming onto the straight and was able to out power them down the straight and take the lead. Once I got to the lead they were still battling it out and then they tangled under the bridge section. That allowed me to get away from the rest of the field and cruise for the last 2 minutes of the race and take the win. I was pumped with the win and to start the series off right. My OFNA/BCE Hyper 9e was awesome and really reacted to all the changes I made throughout the day. My Tekin Electronics and AKA tires allowed me the power and grip I needed all night and day to take the TQ honors and the A main win. The PT RC Racing Oils were awesome and gave me that smooth and consistent feel I needed throughout the day.
Thanks to all my sponsors for giving me the opportunity again this year to use your products. With my current program and sponsors I am confident that I have the best equipment on the market today to be a front runner everywhere I go this year. “