OLYMPIA, Washington — With two consecutive top-10 finishes Jared Vorse and his Performance Electrical Racing Team find themselves in fifth place in the chase for the 2012 SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour championship as the series heads to Madera Speedway">Madera Speedway for Saturday's running of the Firecracker 125 presented by Motor Racing Outreach.
"I have now broken the top-5 in points and it feels awesome! "— Jared Vorse
“The season started off a little slow but now that were gaining momentum, we are steadily improving our qualifying efforts and overall race finishes,” Vorse said. “We hope to have a good car right off the trailer at Madera and only have to make small changes over the weekend. We would like to qualify up front and focus on getting our first top-5 finish of the season.”
Madera Speedway has undergone improvements that have presented equal challenges for every team on the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour. Having momentum on his side heading into the Firecracker 125 and a team that has continued to give him strong cars each race is a key to a potential win this weekend, Vorse explained.
“I definitely think that since Madera has been repaved, it is more of challenge to save tires, however I look at it just like any other race. We'll keep things under us and be ready when it comes time to make our move that's for sure.”
After a slow start to the season with the challenge of adapting to a new race field out of the Bob Strandwold race shops, Vorse sees the steady improvement of his team paying off, he confirmed.
“With each race we've ran,we have learned more about the car and progressively have made it faster every time I have hit the track. We just need to focus on keeping that momentum (Saturday night in Madera).”
Support each week from the car owner is another key to building momentum heading into the Firecracker 125, Vorse added.
“It feels good knowing that Bob has enough faith in our team to be able to make whatever changes we need to the car so that its as comfortable as possible for me to wheel around the tracks we run on the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour. We as a team just need to continue on focusing on the big picture. We need to finish up front consistently to end the season in the best points position as possible.”
With his first foray into the SRL Southwest Tour points standings after several seasons running high-profile events in the Pacific Northwest, Vorse has a quiet confidence that his skills and his pit crew can compete with the best late model drivers on the West Coast, he said.
“We've always felt like we've had footing in the SRL but due to all the mechanical failures we've had in the past, we were unable to be in the position that were in now. I have to say thank you to Bob Strandwold for the opportunity to drive for his team. I have now broken the top-5 in points and it feels awesome! Thank you to Bob, Jeff, and my crew for all the hard work and dedication.”
Race fans can keep up with the Performance Electrical Racing Team's efforts throughout the Madera race weekend by liking Jared Vorse on Facebook or following him on Twitter at @jaredvorse