Prodigy Race Promotions – Driver Exclusive. CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (November 23, 2019) – Torgerson Racing is ready to tackle night two of the Desert Thunder Nationals at Central Arizona Speedway after logging three top tens and being in contention for wins during night one.
The highlight of the night for the team was Austin getting a lesson in manifest destiny as the night went on. He came to the Grand Canyon State in search of confidence and momentum by picking up his first micro sprint win. He came about as close as possible to making it happen.
Austin entered the night one Non Wing main event as the fastest driver to have hit the track. According to the stopwatch he was primed for victory. He took the green flag from the pole and lead almost every lap. Following numerous cautions he withstood every challenge presented, including one from his brother. Unfortunately, with the race winding down, he fell victim to one final challenge. Austin lost the lead on the last lap but brought the number 88 TEN-J home with a podium performance.
“I really wanted that win bad last night,” Austin said. “But we have to look at the good and that was that we were right there, and our lap times were the best. We haven’t really caught a break this season but I know the time is coming.”
Younger brother Ashton had himself a noteworthy performance as well. Highlighted on paper by a heat race victory, the younger Torgerson was able to wheel his number 02 to the front in the main. For a moment the fight for the win was a duel amongst brothers.
Ashton climbed to the front and briefly overtook the lead from Austin before putting the hammer down and encountering a brief scare as the yellow came out. The field was reverted back to the previous lap and Austin reclaimed the lead. From that point Ashton gathered himself back up and went on to log a 7th place finish.
“I definitely feel like I can win now,” Ashton said. “I showed a lot to myself last night and now I feel more confident. I think tonight I’ll be able to contain myself and be more aggressive at the same time if that makes any sense.”
The third Torgerson entry appeared to be tentative at first but as the night went along gained his comfort and eventually put on a valiant charge in the main event.
Brandon Riviera put on a valiant charge aboard the number 02, Adams Performance, TEN-J, in the Restricted feature last night en route to his 5th place finish. In fact, Riviera charged 12 positions to earn his top five last night.
It all started with his heat race when the native drivers tried to intimidate the young wheelman by pushing him to the inside berm on the start. He spun the car around trying to be courteous and put himself behind the eight-ball going into the night. After that, the gloves came off, and the comfort level increased insurmountably.
“By the end of the main event I had become much more comfortable,” Riviera said. “Everything out here is a lot different but now that I’m adjusted and know what to expect, I see a much better outcome in store for tonight.”
In all, it was a standout night for Torgerson Racing in night one. All three cars were in contention, and all three finished inside of the top ten. Heading into tonight’s finale, little maintenance was required, and minute changes have been made to accommodate each drivers driving style and preference.
The team anticipates even better results tonight.
Once again, Torgerson Racing is looking forward to logging solid performances and representing themselves as well as TEN-J Chassis to the highest degree.
With that: the team of Ashton and Auston Torgererson as well as guest Brandon Riviera are ready to strap in and go racing.
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Desert Thunder Nationals Night 1
Central Arizona Speedway
Casa Grande, Ariz.
Heat Race: 1st
Main Event: 3rd
Heat Race: 1st
Main Event: 7th
Heat Race: 4th
Main Event: 5th (+12)
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