SARVER, PA – Tim Shaffer will join Sides Motorsports this weekend during one of winged sprint car racing’s marquee events.
Shaffer and team owner Jason Sides will be the drivers for the team during the Champion Racing Oil National Open on Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Shaffer was victorious at the half-mile oval in July during the most recent World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series two-day event at the track.
“The last time Shaffer was there he won the Friday night race and Saturday he was running good when the motor broke,” Sides said. “If we can get both our cars in the main event this Saturday it’d be a good weekend.”
Shaffer made his debut with Sides Motorsports last Saturday at Lernerville Speedway, which hosted the Commonwealth Clash. He qualified 12th quickest, advanced from third to second in a heat race and from eighth to seventh in the dash before closing the night with a ninth-place result in the A Main.
“He lives close to there so we went ahead and did it,” Sides said. “I knew he was out of a ride and we were going there so it just worked out. For the first night in the car it was pretty good. He was in the dash and ran seventh most of the race until the last restart.”
Sides also enjoyed a good outing, overcoming a sub-par qualifying time by winning the Last Chance Showdown and rallying from 21st to 13 th in the main event. The eight positions gained was tied for the most.
“The track seemed like it finally got widened out,” he said. “We didn’t qualify real well and that put us back of a heat. We won the B Main and started back in the feature. We kept our head in the game and kept going at it around the bottom. It was a lot better late in the race.”
Sides also raced with the World of Outlaws last Wednesday at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., where he missed transferring into the main event by only one position in both a heat race and the Last Chance Showdown.
“The preferred line was on the hill by the fence and that wasn’t me,” he said. “I missed it one spot in the heat and the B Main. It didn’t feel very good up there. I went back to where I was running and just didn’t make it. Some days it will be like that.”