Plover, WI – Gabe Sommers Racing took the spotlight at Wisconsin International Raceway on Thursday, June 8th, delivering an action-packed day of racing that left fans on the edge of their seats.
The No. 15 car displayed exceptional performance right from the start, securing an impressive third place in the practice charts. The team experimented with various setup packages to find the perfect balance for the race. In qualifying, Gabe Sommers showcased remarkable skills, claiming the fourth position, just a fraction of a second behind the leader, amidst fierce competition in the Super Late Models category.
As the starting spots underwent a shakeup due to an invert, Gabe Sommers began the first of two 33-lap feature races from the sixth position. Demonstrating his prowess, he wasted no time in making his way up the field, gaining two positions by the ninth lap. Settling into fourth place for the majority of the race, he made an impressive move to secure a spot on the podium.
However, Gabe’s third-place finish came at a cost. The No. 15 car suffered considerable damage as a piece of the racing surface affected the left front corner. While the bumper maintained its structural integrity, the tin work and master cylinder bore the brunt of the impact. The GSR crew worked diligently to replace and repair as much as possible before the second feature.
Undeterred by the challenges, Gabe Sommers entered the second feature race, starting where he left off in the previous race. Holding steady in third place throughout most of the race, he launched a brief charge to claim second place before ultimately finishing in a strong third position, securing his second podium finish of the night.
Reflecting on the day’s events, Gabe acknowledged that there is still room for improvement in the No. 15 car. “It was a solid day, but the mechanical issues resulting from the damage in the first feature hindered our ability to focus on optimizing the car’s handling as we had planned,” Gabe remarked. “We have identified areas for improvement and will explore them in our future races at this venue.”
With the upcoming Father’s Day 100 at the Milwaukee Mile on the horizon, Gabe Sommers Racing faces a tight schedule to prepare for the next race. The event will feature a high number of entries, with the ASA STARS National Tour joining the ASA Midwest Tour to sanction the race. As the current points leader in the ASA Midwest Tour, every position will be crucial for Gabe’s success.
Race fans are encouraged to attend the event or catch the live broadcast on MidwestTour.TV or Racing America on June 18th at 1 PM CST, to witness Gabe Sommers Racing’s pursuit of victory.