McQueen Racing Concludes Season After Turkey Night Grand Prix
Concluding the season in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen settled for a disappointing DNF in 73rd Annual Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix at the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway on November 28.
After starting fourth in her qualifying race, McQueen claimed second in the race, in which the winner was consistently setting lap times near the track record. “We were fast … I made the call to tighten the car up to qualify and that was not the right decision so we were a little too tight when we qualified,” stated McQueen, who timed 22nd of nearly 50 entries. “I was very disappointed with our qualifying run.”
“Lightning McQueen” Battles Engine Woes; Marcham Scores Top 5 Run at Ventura
Still battling engine issues in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen settled for a disappointing DNF in the final ARP Battle at The Beach USAC-Western States/VRA Midget feature at the 1/5-mile Ventura Raceway on September 28.
The evening was not without highlights though, as Oklahoma young gun Trey Marcham battled forward in the McQueen Racing #37 Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen to claim a Top 5, finishing fifth in the 30-lap feature after starting 11th. Marcham, who claimed a feature win earlier this year at Petaluma is gaining experience and building confidence each time in the cockpit – still with limited Midget appearances.
“Lightning McQueen” Snares Pair of Top 5 Finishes; Momentum Rallying for McQueen Racing
Though finishing the race with a steering issues and running on three cylinders, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen was pleased, yet equally disappointed in her Top five run at her hometown track, the 1/3-mile Bakersfield Speedway on September 21 in USAC-Western States Midget action.
Starting fifth in the feature, McQueen developed two issues around Lap 5, a steering rod issue, as well as a broken spark plug wire, running the duration of the 30-lap feature on the very fast, rough and tacky race track on three cylinders. “The steering rod issue made the car difficult to drive,” stated McQueen.
McQueen Racing Geared up For Gold Cup
After a disappointing string of bad luck to open the season, McQueen Racing is hitting their stride, most recently claiming a pair of podiums, a win and new track record at Petaluma Speedway on August 10, with team owner Shannon “Lightning” McQueen compiling a recent streak of four consecutive Top five runs and Oklahoma young gun Trey Marcham claiming the win at Petaluma.
McQueen and Marcham return to action this Thursday, September 5 at the quarter-mile Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, as part of the 60th Annual Gold Cup race of Champions, one of the most fabled races on the West Coast, with McQueen chauffeuring the McQueen Racing #7 Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen and Marcham manning the same McQueen Racing #37 Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen that he raced to victory at Petaluma. McQueen holds the track record, 14.328, set in 2011 at the historic track.
McQueen Racing Surges to Dual Podium and First Win of 2013
After a disappointing start to the season, McQueen racing is hitting their stride, claiming their third consecutive race with Top five runs – but this week was special, as McQueen Racing amassed a new track record, Heat race win and a feature victory at the Bay Cities Racing Association event at the 3/8-mile Petaluma Speedway on Saturday, August 10.
Starting sixth and taking the lead on the second lap, Oklahoma young gun Trey Marcham made his first-ever Midget win look easy in the McQueen Racing #37 Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, cruising to a commanding straightaway victory in the 30-lap green-to-checker feature.
“Lightning McQueen” Snares Podium Finish; Momentum Rallying McQueen Racing
Gaining momentum after a rough start to the season, Bakersfield’s Shannon “Lightning” McQueen is rebounding strong, scoring her second consecutive Top 5 finish aboard the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen in the Bay Cities Racing Association event at the ¼-mile Placerville Speedway on Saturday, August 3.
Starting strong by moving from sixth to second in Heat 2, McQueen ran out of time in the 8-lap Heat, unable to catch outside pole sitter Matt Streeter, with McQueen taking some time to get by third place finisher Sean Becker in one of Mike Sala’s mounts.
“Lightning” McQueen Races Hard; Earns Top 5 Finish
Hopefully ending a long battle with lady luck, Bakersfield’s “Lightning” McQueen showed that she is a front runner, capable of winning each and every week, scoring a Top 5 finish in Bay Cities Racing Association action at the ¼-mile Antioch Speedway Saturday, July 27.
Shannon McQueen’s Top 5 finish did not come without overcoming adversity though. After claiming her Heat race aboard the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, McQueen started eighth in the A-main. After starting strong, McQueen’s right rear clipped another car, causing her tire to go flat.
“Lightning” McQueen Has Strong Night; Ends Early Though
Once again battling lady luck, McQueen Racing suffered another heartbreaking evening in the USAC-Western States event at the ¼-mile Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on Friday, July 12.
After opening hot laps with Oklahoma young gun Trey Marcham fastest in the McQueen Racing #37 Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen and team owner Shannon “Lightning” McQueen fourth fast in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen, McQueen Racing was hoping for a strong performance on the coast.
“Lightning” McQueen Has Strong Night; Ends Early Though
Hoping to claim her second-consecutive Top five finish, Bakersfield’s Shannon McQueen feels as thought she was robbed of a chance to contend for a win at the 1/5-mile Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia on Saturday, June 29 at the USAC-Western States event.
“Lightning” McQueen started the evening by clocking in ninth in the 16-car field, just fractions off of fast time, then claimed the win in Heat 3 in the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil/Simpson Race Products Spike/Esslinger by Duane McQueen.
McQueen Racing Thanks Longtime Crew Chief For Seven Years of Service
McQueen Racing would like to thank Ty Hindman for his seven years with McQueen Racing. Ty has decided to take a leave of absence and step aside from racing to spend time with his family, as both Ty’s young girls are very active in swimming as well as junior lifeguards.
“Ty has been a huge part of McQueen Racing since 2007 and has contributed to our success which has included wins on the dirt and pavement, multiple track records, as well as two championships. We do wish him well and will continue to be friends,” stated team owner Shannon McQueen.
McQueen Racing Has Strong Run; Punted From Main Event on Lap 2
Finally ending a recent stretch of bad luck, Bakersfield’s Shannon McQueen claimed a hard-earned fourth-place finish on Saturday, June 15 at the USAC-Western States/BCRA co-sanctioned event at the 3/8-mile Petaluma Speedway against an ultra-competitive 24-car field.
“Lightning” McQueen, the track record holder, started the evening by clocking in eighth in the 25-car field, just four tenths off of fast time and two tenths off of second quick. McQueen then claimed fifth in her Heat.
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