Prodigy Race Promotions on Sprint Car Insider – Driver Exclusive. DIXON, Calif. (February 28, 2020) – To the victor goes the spoils.
Tonight, Ashton Torgerson will be at the center of those spoils when he accepts his first career micro sprint championship from Dixon Speedway, as the 2019 Restricted 600 Champion.
When the 2019 season began, Torgerson Racing set out to contend in California and become a force to be reckoned with. At the end of 2019 the team of traveling Oregon Natives with Arizona racing backgrounds more than checked that box.
They came. They saw, and they conquered.
In only his second career full season behind the wheel of a micro sprint, Ashton Torgerson lived up to they hype he had earned in other racing circles. Torgerson had found his way to the winners circle in everything he’s ever raced. He was a karting champion who made it all the way to Italy as one of very few representing his nation. On a side note, it may be the only time you’ll ever catch a Torgerson out of their traditional black and green schemes. He also won his first ever race in a dwarf car race early in 2019, in the National Dwarf car Racing series. He struggled early, but with every passing lap flexed his adaptability as by the end it was he who rolled into the victory circle.
Micro Sprint Racing was slated as the next chapter for Torgerson Racing. The learning curve proved to be difficult, and doubt crept into the minds of the team as the brothers took longer to find success than ever before in other disciplines. However, there was one person who never had a doubt in his mind, and his relationship with the drivers has transformed them into micro sprint sensations.
You would be hard pressed to find a crew chief who cares more about his drivers than Brandon Coates.
Coates cares so much about the Torgerson brothers that any kind of safety issue due to neglect is something that never crosses the mind of a Torgerson. Coates treats those boys as if they were his own. In car racing, the relationship between crew chief and driver is pivotal. Chemistry between the two is something that cannot be created, it’s either present or it isn’t. The chemistry between Coates and his drivers is undeniable, and has created a dynamic pairing. With the addition of Coates as their full time guy the learning curve significantly adjusted. Running for a title at Dixon Speedway in 2019 was fitting, and perhaps served as poetic justice for Coates as he got to watch his drivers blossom into stars at a facility ran by people who have been instrumental in his own career.
Torgerson walked away from Dixon last season as a four-time winner. While he also racked up eight podiums, 10 top fives, and 13 top tens. His numbers account for a 21% win rate, 53% podium rate, 66% top five rate, and an 86% top ten rate. Despite two finishes outside of the top ten Torgerson still garnered a 5th place average finish.
It did not take Ashton Torgerson long to get the ball rolling at Dixon last year. He kicked off the year by making the trophy dash at race one, and picking up a podium finish the first night out. The next night out, just two weeks later, he solidified his status. Torgerson came out and turned up the second quickest time. He again landed in the dash that night and won it. The race two main event was all Ashton. He claimed his first victory of the season that night in April.
As the dog days of summer winded down, Ashton faced his adversity. He faced a wall that forced him to either, react like a champion, and overcome the hurdle, or – fall victim to the pressure.
When the season picked back up he answered loud and clear.
He finished out the month of July back on the podium in third place. In early August the 02 seized the points lead after race ten on August 10. Ever since, he put a stranglehold on the field. In the last seven races of the year he finished fourth or better. In the last six of seven he finished inside the top three.
Torgerson concluded his season with one more big statement. In the final main event of the season he showed up and showed out when it counted most once again. He was able to charge up to the runner up spot and stay there.
In the end he visited victory lane at Dixon Speedway four times. He finished on the podium eight times, or 53%, better than half of the races in 2019. He had another 10 top-five performances, again accounting for 66% of his tries. Rounding things out he ended the year with 86% of his shows ending in the top ten.
Ashton Torgerson never looked back. He seized the moment. He overcame that wall of adversity with a amount of fortitude and determination. He took the lead role and left the rest to fight for the right to have supporting roles in his motion picture of Championship proportions.
Those kinds of numbers show that Ashton Torgerson displayed top-notch, Championship- caliber, consistency at Dixon Speedway this season. Adding to the consistency, his late season surge lent the field to his clutches. After obtaining the points lead it was over – but nobody but Ashton Torgerson and his trusted crew chief realized it.
With the addition of a crew chief and friend like Brandon Coates the Torgerson brothers turned the corner, especially Ashton at Dixon. His attitude has been infectious. The unyielding belief that he has in both of them has translated into them having confidence in themselves. No matter what, Brandon Coates has forced into their heads that they are capable, that they are worthy champions, and that they are true racers. The transformation has been resounding.
Tonight, Ashton Torgerson is the victor who enjoys the spoils. He is the 2019 Dixon Speedway Restricted 600 Champion.
Torgerson Racing has officially checked one major box on their list of Racing Goals. Now, the box that stands to be checked this year is to celebrate two championships simultaneously at this time next year. The goal is to have Ashton and Austin both be champions and with the results both have displayed early in 2020 that goal is far from impossible. The 2020 campaign inside of the Golden State kicks off next weekend at Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park for the Outlaw Nationals. Year two of traveling the route of Racing micro sprints has some lofty expectations, but the support system of believers starts with those closest to them. It’s an ambitious year for Torgerson Racing. But first, they relish in the triumph their first Micro Sprint title.
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2019 DIXON SPEEDWAY STATS:
- Features: 14
- Wins: 3
- Podiums: 8
- Top Five: 9
- Top Ten: 12
- Avg Finish Pos: 5th
- Win Rate: 21%
- Podium %: 53%
- Top 5%: 66%
- Top 10%: 86%
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