PLOVER, WI – (for immediate release)
A cold weekend in Slinger, Wisconsin found a way to heat up for Sunday afternoon’s “Miracle on the High Banks”, as the cars and stars of the ASA Midwest Tour descended on Slinger Super Speedway for their 2023 season opener.
Gabe Sommers and the GSR crew certainly were not affected by the chilly forecast, and went to work on the No. 15 straightaway. A sixth place qualifying effort pointed GSR in the right direction, and quickly followed it up with a win in their respective heat race. “We qualified very well, and had a good heat race, but decided to make a few adjustments before the feature,” Gabe remarked.
Rolling off from the seventh spot, Gabe dropped a couple spots before being able to pick up and go, moving his way back into seventh by lap 10 of 100, where he stayed for the majority of the first half of the race. With just over thirty laps to go, Sommers made a move to grab sixth place and march another spot up the running order. While able to sneak into the top five with about 25 to go, he fell back to sixth in the waning laps, where he stayed until the checkered flag flew. “I kind of regret some of the changes we made, but it’s all part of learning and will make us better for the next time we come here.” And while some may have been bothered by the cold, Gabe wasn’t too worried about it. “It didn’t affect us very much, we focused on the tasks at hand and tried to play out our strategy as best as we could.”
As GSR looks forward to the next race, May 7 at Madison International Speedway, Gabe is excited for what lies ahead. “Now we get to go four barrel (carburetor) racing. That being said, we have a lot of work to do both on the setup of the car as well as changing the car over to the ASA STARS Tour rules package.” The team always enjoys heading to MIS, and the mood is bright at Gabe Sommers Racing as they get ready for their next event.
You can purchase tickets to watch Gabe and the crew in action at the ASA STARS Tour’s inaugural visit to MIS on May 7 at misracing.com/tickets.