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November 05, 2006 at
07:35:00 PM by Gary Thomas
Turn one crash ends Trophy Cup run
By Gary Thomas
Tulare, Ca - November 5, 2006... Jonathan Allard's bid for a first career Trophy Cup win was dashed when he became another victim of the turn one rut that claimed multiple cars throughout the two night's of action. It was an unfortunate ending to what appeared to be a very promising weekend in what has been a rough past couple months for Jonathan and the team.
The Trophy Cup is ran on a points system and drivers earn points virtually every time they hit the track.
The 2006 Trophy Cup started out on Friday night with 73 cars signing in at the pit gate. Jonathan was the 32nd car to hit the track in qualifying and ripped off a 13.922 on his second lap which placed the GT Trends, Katie's Country Kitchen, K & N Filters No. 0 a very solid 3rd quick overall.
Jonathan was then set to start outside row three in the third heat race but on the initial start, the car starting in front of JA was involved in an accident and dropped out of the race. This moved Jonathan up to fourth for the complete restart. Jonathan settled into third as the green flag waved again and ran a nice pace keeping up with the top two cars early on. JA was diamonding the corners each lap and was getting super nice runs coming off of the turns and on lap seven it payed off. Jonathan got a nice run off of turn two and brought the crowd to their feet as he passed both Mike Henry and Joey Saldana with a sweet move to claim the lead of the race. JA led the last couple laps and brought home the win in the Weld Racing, Red Line Oil, Platinum Powder Coating, Chris Jones Racing Maxim. With the heat race win it moved Jonathan up to second in points going into the 30 lap preliminary feature event.
The Trophy Cup format inverts the top 12 in points for the opening night feature and that meant Jonathan would line up inside row six. JA ran conservatively the first handful of laps but then began to turn up the heat. He began to pick off cars and did a great job to make it up to seventh by the time a red flag occurred for race leader Jac Haudenschild. With Haudenschild out of the race it bumped JA up to sixth for the single file restart. Jonathan ran solidly in sixth as the race got back underway and as lap traffic came into play around lap 23, he closed in on the drivers running 3rd, 4th and 5th. Jonathan was getting ready to make his move, but just like that a lapped car caused him to get out shape losing all his momentum and it saw him fall back to ninth. Jonathan used his head the last few laps and brought the Graph X Designs, JP's Paint & Body Works, FK Rod Ends, Kistler powered Maxim home in ninth. Sometimes lap traffic helps and sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately for Jonathan it hurt him on this night as it cost him valuable points that are so important at the Trophy Cup.
After one night of racing Jonathan sat in a tie for fourth in points with Jason Meyers, 10 back of leader Blake Robertson.
Qualifying isn't used on Saturday night at the Trophy Cup, rather line ups are set by points earned the previous night. Heat races on Saturday night at the Trophy feature an invert of eight and with Jonathan being fourth in points it put him on the outside of row four in the fourth heat. JA was on a mission from the start and made some nifty passes to charge forward and get the Sharp Insurance & Bonding, Matt & Glass, Butler Built Performance No. 0 up to third at the finish. The strong run moved Jonathan up to a tie for second in points and now just one digit behind leader Blake Robertson.
The 40 lap Trophy Cup A-main event uses a 24 car invert based on points and that put Jonathan way back in the last row of the field. With the huge invert it makes for some intense racing and on lap four a bunch of cars got together on the front stretch and unfortunately Jonathan wasn't able to miss it as he clipped a stalled car and came to a stop himself. Jonathan restarted but by this time a lot of the cars right around him had already made their way through much of the field. This made it an uphill climb but it was still early on so anything could happen.
Jonathan played it conservative as the green flag waved again and then after a few laps he began to attack the lightning fast Thunderbowl Raceway. Around lap 14 he found a nice groove and got around a couple cars but then came the unfortunate incident on lap 16. As he attempted to power to the outside of Blake Robertson in turn one the 0 machine got into the infamous turn one rut, bicycled and got upside down to put an end to the night.
This now puts a wrap on the 2006 racing season for the Zero Heroes and when we look back on the year as a whole, it would definitely be considered a success. Jonathan, Ashley Smith and the whole Williams crew became the team to beat on the west coast scoring the Golden State Challenge King of California Series championship and the $25,000 to win Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway. The 2006 stats for Jonathan and the 0 team show 11 wins, 19 top five finishes, 26 top tens and 18 fast times.
Jonathan and the team would like to thank all of our sponsors for making 2006 a season to remember.