Sommers Joins with Wimmer Motorsports for 2019 Season
Fifteen-year-old Wisconsin racer Gabe Sommers will join forces with Wimmer Motorsports for the 2019 season. Sommers’ Gabe Sommers Racing organization signed veteran crew chief Chris Wimmer and his Wimmer Motorsports team to help build, maintain and call the shots for the No. 15 Super Late Model for next season.
“I feel like I have a new opportunity to work with new people and have different opportunities in my racing career. I can’t wait to get the new season and new partnership started,” said Sommers.
“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Gabe and the entire Sommers team next year,” said Wimmer. “In the times I saw Gabe race this year I was impressed and I think together we can have a lot of success next year.”
With Wimmer Motorsports, the Midwest Fury Race Cars dealer, Sommers will build new Fury race cars for the 2019 season. Fury race cars continue to see success across the country and Sommers will be one of a handful to race one throughout the Midwest.
“It is always fun and interesting to try new cars,” said Sommers. “I can’t wait to have a Fury to race. I’ve heard really good things about them and have seen the success they have on the track. It’s an exciting opportunity.”
Sommers had a solid rookie Super Late Model season, picking up his first win and earning Rookie of the Year honors in the TUNDRA Series. The team hopes the switch to Wimmer Motorsports will help take their program to the next level.
“Wimmer Motorsports is a good fit for me because the shop is really close to home,” said Sommers. “There is a lot of backing from multiple people in the shop and at the track. I’ve seen the success Wimmer Motorsports has had over the past year and hopefully we can continue that here in Wisconsin.”
While a full schedule for next year is not finalized yet, Sommers plans to race across Wisconsin and the Midwest. The Plover, WI driver will also once again kick-off his season at Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). Last year Sommers earned five top-15 finishes and one top-10 finish at the Florida racetrack.
“It will be important to bond with my new team and crew chief and get used to each other in the first few nights in Florida,” said Sommers. “Hopefully we can start off strong there and then compete for top-five finishes throughout the week.”
Sommers Becomes Youngest TUNDRA Series Rookie of the Year
Gabe Sommers captured TUNDRA Series Rookie of the Year honors with a 13th and 17th place finish in twin features over the weekend at Dells Raceway Park. The results were good enough to make the 15-year old the youngest driver to win the series’ Rookie of the Year award.
“It means a lot to win Rookie of the Year,” said Sommers. “There was a lot of great competition and it feels really good to bring home this honor for my team and sponsors.”
They key to Sommers’ Rookie of the Year run was consistency. The Plover, WI driver earned four top-ten finishes and one top-five finish throughout the season and owned an average finish of ninth.
“The key components were finishing in the top-ten week in and week out,” said Sommers. “And just putting together solid runs and finishing races. We didn’t’ have a single DNF in the TUNDRA Series, which was huge.”
Now Sommers sets his sights on Oktoberfest race weekend at LaCrosse Speedway. Sommers’ No. 15 Kwik Trip, Allied Cooperative, Wysocki Family of Companies machine will compete in four straight days of racing from October 4th – 7th.
Sommers Eyes Rookie of the Year Title in TUNDRA Finale
Gabe Sommers heads to Dells Raceway Park this weekend for the final TUNDRA Series race of the season. The Plover, WI currently owns a 40-point advantage in the Rookie of the Year standings and sits sixth in points, just 31 points out of the top spot.
“We just have to focus on doing the right things,” said Sommers. “If we can do that, I think we should be in the race to be able to win this.”
Dells Raceway Park has not been kind to Sommers during his last few visits. Mechanical issues forced him to retire early from the last few races there. His highest finish at the Wisconsin Dells racetrack came in the first race of the year, where he finished ninth.
“We just have to put that all behind us,” said Sommers. “We’ve had strong cars there and just not a lot to show for it, so we just need to go out and do the right things and I think we can be successful.”
Sommers will have a handful of practice sessions Sunday afternoon before qualifying at 12:45pm and racing at 2:00pm.
Sommers Gets First Super Late Model Win
Gabe Sommers picked up his first career Super Late Model win Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway. The Plover, WI driver took the lead just before the halfway point of the 50-lap feature and never looked back as he drove to Victory Lane for the first time this year.
“It felt great to get the win at our home track with all the fans,” said Sommers. “The car didn’t fall off, it just kept getting better during the race.”
Sommers’ Kwik Trip, Allied Cooperative, Wysocki Family of Companies No. 15 was fast all day. The 15-year-old driver qualified in the second position and quickly worked his way to the front in the race. By lap 15 he up to second from his seventh starting position and then 11 laps later he took the lead.
“The car was really fast when we unloaded, so that helped,” said Sommers. “We made a few adjustments and the car was spot on.”
Next up for Sommers will be a trip to Dells Raceway Park on Sunday, September 23rd for the final TUNDRA Series race. Sommers currently leads the Rookie of the Year points and looks to claim that tile with a strong run to close out the TUNDRA season.
Mother Nature Spoils Sommer's Busy Weekend
What was supposed to be a busy weekend of racing for Gabe Sommers turned out to be quite the opposite. The Plover, WI driver planned to race at Golden Sands Speedway on Friday night and Monday afternoon, but Mother Nature had other plans and both events were cancelled due to weather.
Sommer did hit the track Saturday for the ARCA Midwest Tour race at Dells Raceway Park. After qualifying 19th, the 15-year-old driver lost brakes early and was forced to retire early from the 100-lap event.
Next-up for Sommers is a trip back to Dells Raceway Park this Saturday for the final race of the Wisconsin Challenge Series.
Sommers Set for Busy Weekend Behind the Wheel
Gabe Sommers is set for a busy weekend of racing. Originally scheduled to race Saturday at Dells Raceway Park with the ARCA Midwest Tour and Monday at Golden Sands Speedway with the TUNDRA Series the Plover, WI driver has added the Friday night race at Golden Sands Speedway to his schedule as well.
“You just have to stay focused on the track you are at and can’t be thinking about the next race,” said Sommers.
Sommers’ addition of the Friday night race at Golden Sands Speedway is in preparation for the TUNDRA event there on Labor Day. The 15-year-old driver currently leads the TUNDRA Series Rookie of the Year standing and has recorded two top-five finishes at the Plover, WI track already this year.
“We’re just trying to get the car dialed in so when we come here for the TUNDRA race we can run good and try to get another top-five,” said Sommers. “I have confidence going to Plover since we’ve ran pretty well there this year, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Between Friday and Monday’s races at Golden Sands Speedway, Sommers will head to Dells Raceway Park Saturday for the Escape to Wisconsin 100. Sommers felt he had a strong car at the Wisconsin Dells track a few weeks ago, but mechanical problems cost him a good finish.
“I’m excited to have another chance to run with the Midwest Tour,” said Sommers. “It’s a very stout field and should show where we’re at. It’s going to be fun to get back to the dells after we broke the rear end last time.”
SO FAR, SO GOOD FOR SOMMERS IN TUNDRA ROOKIE RACE
PORTAGE, Wis. (August 26, 2018) – Less than a year removed from the best points performance by a rookie in the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes, Gabe Sommers is looking to raise the bar again.
Not only is the 15-year-old racer from Plover riding an impressive streak of Top Tens, but he also finds himself in the Championship hunt as well as being the leading Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year contender. In Sixth Place, at just 31 points out of the top spot with two races remaining, Sommers has the chance to make waves.
“You just have to be consistent and finish Top Ten,” Sommers said. “Hopefully you don’t DNF and you’ll be there in the end. Finishing every race is the key.”
So far Sommers has been the model of consistency, and seven has been his lucky number. Sommers scored Seventh Place finishes in the first three rounds of the 2018 season at Wisconsin International Raceway, Marshfield Motor Speedway, and State Park Speedway. His visits to WIR and Marshfield were his first in a Super Late Model.
“I think we’re gaining a little more every race and we can get to the Top Five and keep working our way up from there,” Sommers said of his team’s standing thus far.
Sommers did enjoy a breakthrough into the Top Five the last time TUNDRA was in action at Jefferson Speedway for Round Four. He enjoyed his best finish of the season by grabbing Fourth. Although it was his first time in a Super Late Model at Jefferson, Sommers felt comfortable after several visits with the Midwest Truck Series.
“It was a good race. We ran well there every time in the truck,” Sommers said. “We had a really good setup when we got there, and we were able to work on the car and get it faster.”
In fact, Sommers credits a lot of his rookie success to having seen many of these tracks in the Midwest Truck. While the race machines may be quite different, getting laps and experience have been a big boost to Sommers’ campaign.
“I think it has helped a lot to learn the line. If you don’t have the line down, you’re struggling all day,” Sommers said.
With two races remaining Sommers finds himself in an interesting spot. He sits 31 points out of the point lead and has a 40-point lead over Collin Slife, who finished Third at Jefferson. For Sommers, the focus seems only to be on his program.
“I think we need to gain a little bit. We’re definitely making some gains and are looking for that Top Five,” Sommers said of the point battle.
A visit to Golden Sands could be very beneficial. Although Sommers doesn’t have a ton of laps in the Super Late Model, he does have some experience on which to build. It also helps that Plover is his home track and brings fans wearing #15 shirts out in droves.
“I think we’ll have a good piece for the TUNDRA race at Golden Sands and we just have to save things, so we can be there at the end,” he said.
From there a stop at Dells Raceway Park will set the stage for a final showdown in both the Championship and Rookie of the Year battles. Depending on what happens at Golden Sands, Sommers could be fighting tooth and nail for one or both of those titles.
TUNDRA swings back into action on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wis. The series will be joined by the Midwest Truck Series and Wisconsin Sport Trucks. Qualifying is at 12:30 p.m. with racing at 2 p.m.
Golden Sands Speedway is located on State Highway 54 between Plover and Wisconsin Rapids. For more information visit www.gssraces.com
Sommers Earns ARCAMT Top-15 Finish, Gets Set for Rich Somers Memorial Race
Gabe Sommers brought home a career high 15th place finish in the ARCA Midwest Tour Saturday at Golden Sands Speedway. The Plover, WI driver qualified 20th for the 100-lap event at his home track and hovered around that position all evening. Sommers made a charge over the final fifteen laps to earn a 15th place finish.
“It was a really stout field,” said Sommers. “We struggled with the car all day and got it better for the feature and hung on for 100-laps.”
Now Sommers gets set to travel to Wisconsin International Raceway Thursday night for the Rich Somers Memorial. He finished 7th at the Kaukauna, WI race track earlier this year and looks to better that in a race that is special to him and his family. The late Rich Somers was the 15-year-old driver’s cousin and now he’s excited to race in his memory.
“I’m really excited to get back to WIR,” said Sommers. “It means a lot to know you’re racing for a memorial for your own cousin.”
Sommers Records Another Strong Run at Plover, Eyes Midwest Tour Race this Weekend
Gabe Sommers had a busy weekend, racing Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway then rebounding to compete in the third race of the Central Wisconsin Challenge Series Saturday at Marshfield Speedway.
The Plover, WI driver qualified fourth at his hometrack on Friday night and held steadily in the top-five all race, getting as high at the third position and looking like he could challenge the leaders. The red flag flew on lap 24 and when it came time to re-fire, Sommers had issues getting his No. 15 machine going. Forced to pull into the pits, his Kwik Trip, Wysocki Family of Companies, Allied Cooperative team got him rolling again, but he restarted at the rear of the field.
The 15-year-old driver charged to the front over the final 16 laps and still managed to earn a fourth-place finish, being edged for third by a nose.
“My car wouldn’t fire back-up. We didn’t get the issue figured out yes but hopefully we’ll have it by next week,” said Sommers. “But it’s the best car we’ve had all year,” said Sommers. “I just hope it stays the same for the ARCA race on Saturday.”
Saturday didn’t go as well for the young driver as he qualified 10th and finished 11th at Marshfield Speedway in the Wisconsin Challenge Series.
After a busy weekend, Sommers returns to action this weekend at Golden Sands Speedway with the ARCA Midwest Tour. Sommer only two races at the Plover, WI track this season have yielded his highest results, a third and fourth place finish respectively. He has high hopes heading into Saturday’s 100-lap race.
“I have a lot of confidence heading back to Golden Sands,” said Sommers. “We’ve been strong there all year. The biggest key will be making the race on time.”
Qualifying for the ARCA Midwest Tour event will take place at 5:00pm on Saturday with racing starting at 7:00pm.
Mechanical Problems Hinder Strong Finish for Sommers at Dells Raceway Park
After a third-place finish Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway, Gabe Sommers had hoped of another strong finish Saturday at Dells Raceway Park for the fourth race in the Alive for Five Series. The Plover, WI driver qualified ninth and looked to have a strong car for the 125-lap feature, however Sommers lost the ratchet springs early in the race and fought a terrible loose condition. Sommers did manage to hold on for a 16th place finish.
With the issue on Saturday night and a few other on-going issues with the new Kwik Trip, Allied Cooperative, Wysocki Companies No. 15 the Gabe Sommers racing team has decided not to race in the Dixieland 250 Tuesday at Wisconsin International Speedway as originally planned. Sommers has not had the opportunity to race or test the new car a lot and feels this is the best course of action. The team is going to regroup this week and now will add a trip to Golden Sands Speedway this Friday to the schedule and will race on Saturday in Marshfield, as scheduled, in the third race of the Wisconsin Challenge Series.
Sommer Earns Podium FInish at Golden Sands Speedway
Gabe Sommers piloted the Brooks & Thiel Motorsports No. 25 machine to a solid p3 finish Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway (WI). The Plover, WI driver started 7th and raced as high as second before restarting on the outside with just over five laps to go to bring home a third place finish. This was his first race with the Brooks & Thiel Motorsports team and also his first podium finish of the year.
"It was a really fun night and the race was great," said Sommers. "It was fun to drive a couple different cars and that really helps with driving and set-up. A big thank you to Brooks & Thiel Motorsports for the opportunity."
Sommers returns to his No. 15 Kwik Trip, Allied Cooperative, Wysocki Family of Companies machine Saturday at Dells Raceway Park for the fourth race of the Alive for Five Series. Make sure to follow Gabe Sommers Racing on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Sommer Joins Forces with Brooks & Thiel Motorsports; Also Prepares for Dells on Saturday
Gabe Sommers Racing is excited to announce a partnership with Brooks & Thiel Motorsports. Sommers will pilot their No. 25 machine this Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway.
Then, on Saturday, Sommers gets back behind the wheel of his Kwik Trip, Wysocki Family of Companies, Allied Cooperative No. 15 machine at Dells Raceway Park. This will be race number four of five in the track’s ‘Alive for Five’ Series.
After a disappointing end to the previous race there, where he was caught up in a late race incident, the Plover, WI driver looks to rebound and have a good showing on Saturday.
“I’m really excited to get back in the car,” said Sommers. “We had a good run going last time but ended short. We hope to do better this time. If we can figure out a few more thing on the track we should be right in there for a top-five finish.”
Sommers Earns First Top-Five Finish of 2018
Gabe Sommers earned his first top-five finish of the year Saturday at Jefferson Speedway with the TUNDRA Series.
With on-again, off-again rain showers throughout the day, Sommers and the other drivers were happy just to get the race in. When rain came just after the halfway point, the Plover, WI driver found himself in the fourth position for his highest finish of the year, putting an even bigger smile on the young driver’s face.
“It was a really good run,” said Sommers. “At the start of the day the car was very close and had good balance. The rain always has an impact on the track going from having rubber on the track to have it be green. It made it harder to predict what the track was going to do as we went into the race.”
With the invert, Sommers started the race from the outside of the front row and held steady towards the front of the field for the duration. His fourth-place finish moved him into sixth place in the series’ point standings and widened his lead for Rookie of the Year honors.
“We got a good finish at Jefferson and that will help the points,” said Sommers. “It gives us confidence for the races we have approaching. It’s a very good series and I can’t wait for the next race.”
Next on the docket for Sommers is another trip to Dells Raceway Park (WI) for the fourth race of the Alive for Five Series on Saturday, August 4th.
Sommers Strong Run Ends Early at Dells Raceway Park
Gabe Sommers saw a solid run come to an early end at Dells Raceway Park (WI) for the third race of the Alive for Five Series Saturday night. The Plover, WI driver practiced in the top-ten all afternoon and qualified 12th, locking himself into the show on time. After starting just outside the top-ten, he worked his way up as high at seventh. Late race contact resulted in Sommers spinning, ending his day early and a 19th place finish.
“We had a really good run going and were good in practice and qualifying,” said Sommers. “In the race I started on the outside and got shuffled back. I couldn’t fall into place, it was a tight field. When I got back up to ninth place I got wheel hopped, spun out and then was hit from the side and that ended our day.”
Next up for Sommers is the TUNDRA Series race at Jefferson Speedway (WI) on Saturday, July 21st. Sommers currently ninth in series points and leads the Rookie of the Year standings.
Sommers Earns Top-Ten finish in TUNDRA Series
It was a busy week for Gabe Sommers, who competed in the Wisconsin Challenge Series race on Wednesday, July 4th at Golden Sands Speedway, the second round of the Triple Crown at Madison International Speedway on Friday, July 6th and the TUNDRA Series race at State Park Speedway on Saturday, July 7th. Overall, Sommers earned one top-ten finish and remains the Rookie of the Year leader in the TUNDRA Series.
“I think it helps to race this much in one week,” said Sommers. “It helps learn more things and stay in the game for longer periods of time.”
The Plover, WI driver debuted a new car at Madison on Friday, but electrical issues during practice and the race kept them from a solid finish.
“We got to run the new car and are working on getting that settled in for the Dixieland 250,” said Sommers.
After what Sommers called a disappoint finish at State Park Speedway on June 28th, the 15-year-old driver was pleased to bring home a seventh-place finish with the TUNDRA Series at the Wausau, WI track on Saturday.
“It was a really good day and we made strides forward from the last time we were here,” said Sommers. “We really gained a lot of knowledge about State Park and what to do with the set-up for the longer run. I think it will be even better the next race there.”
Sommer is back on track again this Saturday, July 14th at Dells Raceway Park for the third round of the Alive for Five Series.
Sommers Starts Busy Week with 12th Place Finish at State Park Speedway
Gabe Sommers brought home a 12th place finish in the first Wisconsin Challenge Series (WCS) race of the year at State Park Speedway. The 15-year-old driver qualified 13th and held steady just outside the top-ten all night to earn a 12th place finish with the Kwik Trip Wysocki Family of Companies Allied Cooperative No. 15.
“Honestly I’m a little disappointed,” said Sommers. “I thought we’d run a little better than that, it just wasn’t our night. Hopefully we learned a few things for when we race here again next weekend.”
Thursday night at State Park Speedway was the start of a busy 10 days for the Plover, WI driver. He heads to Golden Sands Speedway on Wednesday to finish up the second round of the WCS. Sommers will pick up where he left off from the race’s original date of June 15th, which was shortened by weather. He will roll off from the eighth position Wednesday night.
From there, Sommers heads to Madison International Speedway on Friday night for round two of the Triple Crown Series before concluding the stretch back at State Park Speedway on Saturday, July 7th for the TUNDRA race.
Sommers currently sits fifth in TUNDRA points and leads their Rookie of the Year standings.
Sommers Rebounds for 11th Place Finish at Dells
Gabe Sommers earned an 11th place finish Saturday at Dells Raceway Park in round two of the Alive for Five Series. The Plover, WI driver practiced well all day, but did not quite have the same luck in qualifying. He then drove from the back towards the front to finish just outside the top ten.
“It was a pretty crazy weekend,” said Sommers. “I ran good in practice, I think pretty much top-five all day and the car was really close for the feature, just messed qualifying up. I almost lost it in (turns) one and two, so that put us in a pretty deep starting position for the feature.”
Sommers rolled off 21st and gained some ground before making contact with another car. He was then sent to the rear of the field a quarter through the Trickle 99. Sommers moved inside the top-15 on lap 40 and raced as high as tenth with less than 20 laps to go. Over those final laps he fell back to 11th, where he would finish.
“I was gaining places and got into somebody and had to go to the back,” said Sommers. “I came back to 11th, but the car was much better than 11th place.”
The Trickle 99 marked the second of the five race Alive for Five Series at Dells Raceway Park. Sommers plans to compete in the full series and continues to learn more and more each time he hits the track in Wisconsin Dells.
“I learned a few things,” said Sommers. “One of those is that the groove changes a bit in turns three and four. In the race it took a little bit to find, but once I did the car was much quicker.”
Next up for Sommers is the first Wisconsin Challenge Series race of the year at State Park Speedway on Thursday night.
Join Sommers at Wisconsin Rapids Kwik Trip this Wednesday
Join Gabe Sommers this Wednesday from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Wisconsin Rapids’ Kwik Trip located at 3030 Plover Road. Sommers will have his No. 15 Kwik Trip Super Late Model on display and will be signing autographs all while promoting the Tasteful Selection SteamPak Mini Potatoes that you can find in Kwik Trip Stores.
In addition, there will be a handful of giveaways, including tickets to the Wisconsin Challenge Series race this Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway as well as Kwik Trip gift cards and some Gabe Sommers Racing (GSR) gear. Fans can register at the store from 4:00-6:00pm with the drawing for prizes taking place at 6:00pm.
Sommers Earns Best Finish of the Year; Eyes First Trip to Marshfield
Gabe Sommers brought home his best finish of the year on Memorial Day with a sixth-place finish at the Trickle 99 at Golden Sands Speedway (WI). Sommers also claimed his highest qualifying effort of the season, starting fourth for the 99-lap event.
The Plover, WI driver raced as high as third during the race before the handling went away on the No. 15 Kwik Trip, Wysocki Family Companies, Allied Cooperative machine. The teenage racer hung on to an ill-handling car for a sixth-place result.
“I had a really good car in the beginning and unfortunately when the caution came out the car got out of shape for the last 20 laps,” said Sommers.
Sommers was set to return to Dells Raceway Park this past Saturday for the second race of the Alive for Five Series, but Mother Nature had other plans and the race was postponed until June 23rd.
Now, Sommer sets his sights on his first trip of the season to Marshfield Motor Speedway (WI) this Saturday for the Bev Achenbrenner Memorial.
“If I can find the line right away I think that will help,” said Sommers. “Then we can focus on set-up and getting the car dialed in. I have not had the opportunity to race at Marshfield yet, but we have been told it’s similar to Cedar Rapids in Iowa. I ran pretty good there in a truck and liked it a lot.”
This Saturday’s race in Marshfield also marks the second race of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series. Sommers earned a seventh-place finish in the series’ first race of the year at Wisconsin International Speedway. Sommers now hopes to keep the momentum rolling through the weekend.
“I can’t wait to run with TUNDRA again, it’s fun racing with those guys” said Sommers. “I am hoping for a top-five finish. That would be a great day. Hopefully we can keep a good run going in TUNDRA and capture Rookie of the Year honors.”
Sommers Continues Top-Ten Streak in TUNDRA Opener
For the third straight week Gabe Sommers brought home a top-ten finish behind the wheel of his Super Late Model. The latest outing, a seventh-place finish, came in round one of the TUNCRA Super Late Model Series at Wisconsin International raceway.
“I was pretty happy with the weekend,” said Sommers. “Everything went pretty good and to bring home another top-ten finish to start out the season feels great.”
This marked the Plover, WI driver’s first trip to the ‘tricky triangle’ in a Super Late Model. He went on to qualify in the 10th position and with the invert started fifth. He hovered inside the top-ten for the entire 50 laps and eventually recorded a seventh-place finish.
“Making the race on time and turning all the laps was a big goal of mine,” said Sommers. “So, I’m happy we could accomplish that. I continue to learn each time I’m behind the wheel of a Super Late Model. I really liked WIR, it’s a fun track and it is also very unique. There is lots of speed you can pick up with small movements.”
For the 15-year-old driver, this was a solid start to the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series, which consists of six races throughout the state of Wisconsin.
“I’m really happy with that start to the TUNDRA Series,” said Sommers. “Hopefully that will continue throughout the whole year. They have a lot of good drivers and if we can stay consistent that will be important.”
Next up for Sommers it the Dick Trickle 99 at Golden Sands Speedway (WI) on Monday, May 28th. The next TUNDRA event will be held on Saturday, June 9th at Marshfield Motor Speedway (WI).
he gets set to compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic Sunday at Madison International Speedway.
Sommers Earns Second Straight Top-Ten Finish
Gabe Sommers earned his second straight top-ten finish of the 2018 season, this time at Golden Sands Speedway for The Thaw.
“It was a great day,” said Sommers. “The car was good from the start. I thought I had a little more in me, I thought maybe I had a top-five car, but I’m pleased with a top-ten finish.”
The Wisconsin driver qualified in the sixth position and remained steady in the top six for the first 25 laps. Sommers fell back to tenth during the middle portion or the race, before rallying with his Allied Cooperative Kwik Trip Wysocki Family of Companies No. 15 over the final 25 laps to bring home a seventh-place finish.
“I’ve learned a ton in the Super Late already and I feel so much more comfortable,” said Sommers. “It’s just as simple as knowing where the front end of the car is.”
This marks the second straight week that Sommers has had a solid qualifying effort, locking himself in on time. With a rigorous 2018 schedule the ability to qualify well will be important.
“The good qualifying efforts really give me confidence,” said Sommers. “I really have not been that good at it and I know for some of the big races I need to make it in on time.”
There is no time off for Sommers as he gets set to compete in the ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic Sunday at Madison International Speedway.
Sommers Earns Top-Ten Finish at Dells Season Opener
Gabe Sommers has made quick work of the Super Late Model learning curve and it showed Sunday afternoon. With just a handful of starts under his belt, the Wisconsin driver earned a top-ten finish at the Ice Breaker 100 at Dells Raceway Park Sunday, which featured a stout field of short track stars.
“I really thought it was a good weekend,” said Sommers. “I was able to accomplish all my goals and it was a great way to start the Midwest season after Speedweeks.”
Sommers qualified his Kwik Trip Allied Cooperative Wysocki Companies No. 15 machine in the 12th position, locking himself into the 100-lap event on time. The 15-year-old driver quickly worked his way into the top-ten once the green flag flew. He raced as high as seventh and then held steady over the final 25 laps for a ninth-place result.
“The best part of the weekend was making it into the top 14 on time,” said Sommers. “There were a lot of really good drivers and to lock ourselves in was awesome. Once we got to racing it was fun to race competitively with some great drivers, I learned a lot.”
The young driver has also announced his full schedule for the 2018 season. He will be back at it again this weekend for The Thaw at Golden Sands Speedway before heading to Madison International Speedway on May 6th for the Joe Shear Classic. To see Sommers’ complete schedule for the season, click here.
Sommers and GSR have also brought on veteran race car driver Kelly Bires and Kelly Bires Racing Performance (KBR Performance) for the 2018 season. Bires will serve as crew chief, consultant and driver coach throughout the year and will work closely with the Gabe Sommers Racing team to put good cars on the track and help Sommers gain experience behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.
“They are great people that are true racers,” said Bires. “I had the chance to follow Gabe and the whole GSR team in the trucks last year and was very impressed with their preparation, organization and the amount of time they put into their program. I’ve had experience working with several young drivers and driving in the past myself, so that really allows me to help Gabe and the team in so many ways. Realistically we all work hard and so well together we all just do what it takes to put the best car on the track and we can go to each event without worrying about titles.”
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Sommers put up his best Speedweeks finish to date, coming home 11th in Saturday night’s 35-lap feature. After starting 14th, he raced hard with a small group of cars for the majority of the race and held steady, picking up a few sports, to nearly earn a top-ten finish.
“I got to race with a lot of competitive cars tonight and that was fun,” said Sommers. “It took awhile for the car to come in, but once it did, I thought we were pretty good.”