For Immediate Release
GRANT SEXTON TAKES SEVENTH AND BROTHER DALTON 11th AT VENTURA!
(Lakeside, CA, March 29, 2019) Grant Sexton, the youngest member of Sexton/Gatlin Racing, scored the team’s best finish thus far in 2019 when he notched a seventh-place finish in the 20-lap California Lightning Sprint Car main event at the Ventura Raceway last Saturday night.
All three Sexton/Gatlin squad members were on hand at the 1/5 of a mile beachside dirt oval. In addition, 24 other competitors were there to battle with the Lakeside-based team. Things started off with qualifying and Brent lapped the track at 12.149. That was good enough for sixth fastest in the field. Sixteen-year-old Dalton was second quickest in the family with a lap of 12.395. That time placed him 12th overall. Grant clicked off a lap of 12.613 and that was 19th fastest on the night.
Grant, who was coming off a tumble in the main at the season opener the previous week at Bakersfield, was first up in heat race action. He started seventh in the first eight-lapper and ended up sixth. That sent him to the B main event. Dalton and Brent were both in the field for heat race three. Dalton started third and finished fifth and would then join his brother in the B main. For Brent, the news was not quite so good as he blew an engine on lap five and was done for the night.
Dalton and Grant were both slotted into the B main where they would start fifth and seventh respectively. To get to the A main from the 10-lap race, they would need to finish in the top-10. That proved to be no problem as Grant brought it home in third and Dalton finished just behind him in fourth.
With their dad observing from the sidelines, the sibling duo started alongside each other in the eighth row. Grant started on the inside with Dalton just to his right. From the drop of the green flag to the checkered – a time interrupted twice for red flags – the two teenage drivers kept their noses clean and moved forward. At the end, Grant had passed eight cars and finished and impressive seventh. Dalton raced his way past five cars and came across the line 11th.
Going into the next race at the Barona Speedway on April 6th, Dalton is 11th in the championship standings and Grant is 14th. The uncharacteristic mechanical ills that have plagued Brent over the first two races sees him 27th in the championship chase.
San Diego locals can catch all three Sexton’s on KUSI television’s “Good Morning San Diego” this Sunday with host Dave Stall.
Exciting news coming from the team regarding the April 6th Barona race. As well as Brent, Dalton and Grant, Sexton/Gatlin Racing will also be fielding a car for NASCAR Truck Racing regular Sheldon Creed.
To keep up with all the exploits of the Sexton/Gatlin Racing Team, be sure to visit it’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Sexton-Gatlin-Racing-1173560279445564/
Sexton/Gatlin Racing would like to thank the following companies for making the 2018 season possible. Scotty and Jimmy Keys, Sexton Fire Protection, BK Wings, Troy Dirt, Victory Graphix, Swift Powdercoat, Maxima Oil and Infiniti Shocks. If you or your company would like to be a part of the Sexton/Gatlin team for the 2019 campaign, please call (619) 454-6945 or E-mail [email protected]
2019 POWRi California Lightning Sprint Car Series
March 16 Bakersfield Speedway – Brent 12th B – Dalton 10th A – Grant 19th A
March 23 Ventura Raceway – Brent DNS – Dalton 11th A – Grant 7th A
April 6 Barona Speedway
April 20 Bakersfield Speedway
May 4 Ventura Raceway
May 18 Barona Speedway
June 1 Ventura Raceway
June 15 Bakersfield Speedway
June 29 Barona (Open Comp)
July 6 Ventura Raceway
July 13 Barona (Open Comp)
July 27 Santa Maria Raceway
July 27 Barona (Open Comp)
August 10 Barona Speedway
August 24 Ventura Raceway
September 7 Ventura Raceway
September 21 Bakersfield Speedway
September 21 Barona (Open Comp)
October 5 Ventura Raceway
October 26 Ventura Raceway
November 17 Bakersfield Speedway
Photo courtesy of Pit Princess Photography
This release produced by Scott Daloisio. Contact (909) 226-7768 mailto:[email protected]