[Plover, Wisconsin June 18, 2023] – Gabe Sommers Racing showcased their talent at the highly anticipated Father’s Day 100 event held at the renowned Milwaukee Mile, the largest venue on the ASA Midwest Tour schedule. With co-sanctioning from the ASA STARS National Tour, the event attracted a diverse field of skilled drivers from the United States and Canada.
During an intense day of practice on Saturday, the No. 15 crew worked diligently alongside Gabe Sommers to fine-tune the car for Sunday’s action. With four rounds of practice under their belt, the team focused on optimizing race pace and found themselves comfortably positioned in second place on the speed charts. Some teams attempted mock qualifying runs, but Gabe and his crew prioritized dedicated race simulations, a decision that would prove valuable on race day.
Sunday arrived, and a brief morning practice session allowed for final adjustments and preparations ahead of qualifying and the 100-mile green flag racing. Although Gabe faced a challenge with the two-barrel carburetor’s power limitations in qualifying, he secured the 16th position out of the 25-car starting field.
Starting from a relatively deep position on the grid, the two-barrel carburetor provided an advantage in tire conservation for the grueling 100 laps around the West Allis motorsports palace. Competition cautions at laps 30 and 70 allowed the Travis Sauter-led crew to make necessary adjustments, ensuring the car met Gabe’s preferences. The first segment progressed smoothly as Sommers skillfully advanced past five cars, placing himself in eleventh before a yellow flag brought the field together for pit stops and further adjustments.
As the race resumed, Gabe capitalized on the changes within the field and steadily worked his way closer to the front. Employing strategic maneuvers, Gabe navigated through the competition, eventually reaching an impressive fourth position by the conclusion of the second stage on lap 70. However, a problem arose with the No. 15 car shortly after fitting four fresh Hoosier tires. Despite this setback, Gabe persevered and managed to bring the car home to a commendable seventh place finish, the highest among the full-time competitors of the ASA Midwest Tour.
Reflecting on the race, Gabe Sommers expressed his satisfaction with the car’s handling throughout the event. While acknowledging the limitations of the carburetor, he also recognized its benefits in a race of this length. Unfortunately, a broken left front shock hindered their progress while running within the top five, but Gabe remained positive and determined.
Looking ahead, the Gabe Sommers Racing crew is excited to return to Dells Raceway Park for the Alive for 5 Super Late Model Series on Saturday, June 24. Currently sitting third in points, Gabe is only seven points behind the leader, making the upcoming race a significant opportunity to climb in the standings. If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can catch the thrilling Alive for 5 Trickle 99 live on Pit Row TV at 6:00 PM CST.