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A GOOD RACE FOR EILEN

Schererville, IN (May 25, 2014)  The fourth race of the ARCA Midwest Tour took teams to Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, IN.  The two-day event was paired with ARCA’s CRA Series as Border Battle #2 in the two series event.

The team practiced on Saturday and was not impressed with how the car was handling on the track.  After many changes to the car, and lots of practice laps, the car still was not handling as well as they hoped so they spent some time making more major changes before Sunday’s race.

The changes worked well for the 77 team and they qualified 13th for the feature event.  Eilen would start on the seventh row for the 150 lap feature event that included a mandatory caution at lap 75.

As Eilen raced the first half he savored his tires and “drove around” letting other drivers “wear their stuff off.”  Although he wasn’t racing hard, he was still gaining position and was confident with how the car was handling.  After the mandatory break, Eilen was in full force and ready to charge to the front.

With five laps to go, Eilen was sitting in a comfortable fourth with a straight-away lead on the fifth place driver yet ¼ mile behind the third place driver. Although it seemed nearly impossible, Eilen wasn’t giving on a third place finish.  He continued to charge, and with one lap to go he was on the back bumper of the third place car.  It was a photo-finish with both car nose to nose coming out of turn four.  Eilen would have the final push to finish in the third position.

“We really needed this” stated Eilen. “We didn’t have much yesterday in practice and we have struggled to finish in the top five all year.  This is a great boost going into the next race at The Milwaukee Mile.”

Jonathan and the 77 team will head to The Milwaukee Mile for ARCAFest on Friday, June 6th for a three-day show.  Many events are planned for the weekend, so if you are in the area check out the schedule at www.arcamidwesttour.com

 
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