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PLOVER, WI , May 10, 2023 – Gabe Sommers Racing (GSR) left a lasting impression at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, delivering an exhilarating performance during the ASA STARS National Tour. With a field boasting top talent from thirteen states, two countries, and numerous championships, the competition reached unprecedented levels in the modern Super Late Model racing scene.
During Saturday’s practice sessions, GSR showcased their determination and expertise by consistently improving their performance. With a series of adjustments and a relentless pursuit of excellence, Gabe Sommers steadily climbed up the time charts, setting the stage for an exciting race day.
Building on their momentum, GSR embarked on a final practice session on Sunday, which further reinforced their confidence. Securing an impressive thirteenth place in qualifying out of 38 drivers, Gabe Sommers secured a coveted starting position in the top half of the 28-car feature.
The 200-lap race unfolded at an unexpectedly fast pace, prompting teams to strategize early on due to tire wear concerns. GSR’s crew chief, Travis Sauter, made a bold call by opting to change the left rear tire at the end of the first stage—a decision that set them apart from their competitors.
Starting just outside the top five, Gabe Sommers showcased his prowess on the track, rapidly advancing to second place, hot on the heels of the race leader. Capitalizing on the successful tire change, GSR made another daring move during the final pit stop, opting to replace three tires with fresh Hoosier rubber and less than sixty laps remaining.
Restarting in 14th place on lap 144, Gabe Sommers unleashed his driving skills, swiftly maneuvering through the field to secure a fifth-place position within thirty laps of green flag racing. Closing in on Bubba Pollard from Senoia, Georgia, who occupied third place, Sommers encountered a caution for rain with only 17 laps remaining.
Despite the challenges posed by the extended caution period, Gabe Sommers valiantly attempted to overtake Pollard but faced difficulties as the No. 15 tightened up. The two drivers engaged in a spirited battle for third place, with Sommers acknowledging his role in the contact, stating, “I made some contact with Bubba, most of which was my fault. We had a great strategy going until the late cautions changed the balance of the car.”
Ultimately, Gabe Sommers secured a commendable fourth-place finish on track. However, a post-race disqualification elevated him to a well-deserved podium spot, marking his best finish to date with the ASA STARS National Tour. Reflecting on the outcome, Sommers expressed satisfaction, stating, “We made some big gains, and we are definitely headed in the right direction.”
As Gabe Sommers Racing sets its sights on the next challenge, the ASA Midwest Tour at Jefferson Speedway on April 27, the team remains resolute in their pursuit of excellence and aims to build upon their recent achievements.
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About Gabe Sommers Racing: Gabe Sommers Racing is a renowned racing team known for their exceptional performances in the Super Late Model racing circuit. Led by driver Gabe Sommers and supported by a dedicated crew, the team consistently pushes the boundaries of excellence and strives to leave a lasting impact in the world of motorsports.