Milwaukee, WI (May 8, 2014)  It was a busy weekend for Jonathan as he traveled to the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, WI on Friday, June 6th for the first day of practice for the Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 lap race that would be held on Sunday, June 8.  After a full day of practice, Eilen found himself sitting seventh fastest of the thirty-five cars who practiced. Feeling confident, he left Milwaukee for the six hour drive home to be a part of his brother-in-laws wedding on Saturday, June 7; skipping the final day of practice.

Crew member, Jake Adelmann, drove Jonathan all night to make it back to the Milwaukee Mile Sunday morning just in time for qualifying.  Eilen had a slight disadvantage without the final practice on Saturday, but was able to muster up a twenty-second qualifying position for the feature event.

Eilen wasn’t at all nervous.  “We have a good car. It is going to be a fun race.” stated Eilen prior to the drop of the green flag.  As the laps clicked by, Eilen slowly started picking off cars making his way to the front.  There were three opportunities for teams to pit throughout the 150 lap race. It was up to the teams to decide how many of the three times they wanted to pit and what to change/add to the car.  Each team was allowed to add two tires at one of their three optional stops.

The Eilen & Sons Motorsports Team opted to pit at the half way point in hopes of gaining a few more positions on the other two optional pit stops.  Their theory worked well and with fifteen laps to go, Eilen was sitting in a comfortable eighth position.  It was only a lap later when Jonathan knew something wasn’t right on the car. “Guys we are out of fuel” he stated over the radios.  Eilen was forced to stop on the back stretch of the track, causing the final caution of the race.   After a push from the tow truck, the Eilen & Sons Motorsports Team worked hard to get fuel in the car and the car re-fired up.  Unfortunately Eilen would finish in the eighteenth position.

Jonathan is looking forward to the next race on Friday, June 20 at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, IL.  Although the weather is typically hot during this race each year, Eilen has seemed to overcome the heat and do well.  Qualifying starts at 5:00 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.  See you at the track!

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