TJ Hartman Racing PR - Lifted Spirits!
Brisbane, QLD Australia - March 23, 2013...
Ending a drought that has included everything from mechanical issues to typhoons cancelling races, TJ and car owner Brodie Tulloch were finally rewarded for their hard work and tenacity. Following the demise of the teams sole engine last week, the duo wasted no time pulling the 410 powerplant and getting it prepared for round 10 of the KRE Sprintcar series at Archerfield Speedway this week. The reward was a night with little issues, and a chance to finally work together and find the balance they need for a full night on the track.
A low pill draw relegated the Autobarn Browns Plains Q11 to the first of six hotlap group qualifying sessions required to accomodate the nearly 30 cars on hand. "The track was still just a bit greasy," stated the Puyallup, WA driver. "I wasn't able to get a good time and that put us pretty far back in the points to start the night."
Making the most of his outside front row starting position in heat one, Hartman took the lead from the start and never looked back. He talks about the team plan for the night. "Before the heat (race), Brodie said all I need to do is stay smooth and keep the car straight and everything else will fall into place. It paid off and it was good to gain back some of the points we missed on qualifying."
The second round of heats found TJ backing up just a bit, as he struggled on the start. A 5th place finish added to his previous efforts, and would line the team up 3rd in the B-main. "I was lucky in the B-main where I missed the first start and dropped back to 4th," Hartman states. "There was a red flag before the first lap ended, which the two front row guys were involved in. On the restart, Peter (Lack) beat me to the first corner, and I just remembered what Brodie had said earlier in the night, and we ran a comfortable 2nd which put us in the feature."
Hartman would line the B&D Racing Eagle chassis up in the 15th starting spot for the 30 lap main event, and found himself working forward before spinning to a stop to avoid another stopped car. "Archerfield is a very tough track to pass cars, especially when it has some moisture," notes Hartman. "The car was just a little to tight, and the moisture didn't go away as much as we were hoping. But all in all, it was great to get a whole night in. I got some really good laps under my belt, and I learned quite a bit by following (eventual race winner)Shane (Stewart) and figuring out where I was making my mistakes."
An excited Hartman adds: "I can't wait to get back to Archerfield. I would like to thank everyone on the B&D Racing team, and all the people making this possible! Brodie and Rob are great to work with at the track. It was also good to see my friend Dale hang around for a bit, and all the messages I received from Sid Whittaker and his son Rusty for the encouragement was awesome. It really lifts your spirits and makes you try that much harder."
Along with Autobarn Browns Plains sponsorship, the team wishes to acknowledge Dog Tyred, Penrite Oils, Western Landscape Supplies, Gav's Engines, Fushion Graphix, J&M Racecraft, and Sprintcars Online for their support. "I am happy with the results for my first full night in a 410 sprintcar," states TJ. "This wouldn't be possible without everyone involved, and I can't say enough how much I appreciate the opportunity."
TJ is tentatively scheduled to get back into action on April 13th at Archerfield Speedway. This coming weekend he will be crewing for car owner Brodie Tulloch for the Tri-City Shootout. Be sure to show your support by signing up and following along on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tjhartman19 or on TJ's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tjhartmanracing where you will find the latest news and information.
TJ's final thought: "I can't thank everyone enough for all your support. It's fun to read all the comments and replies on my social network sites. The stats really show how much you guys are supporting us and I'm working hard to make it payoff for everyone."
Next scheduled stop - Getting tips from Ricky Bobby!
Results - 3/23/2013 Archerfield Speedway:
Heat 1: Start-2nd, Finish-1st
Heat 2: Start-3rd, Finish-5th
B-Main: Start 3rd, Finish-2nd
A-Main: Start 15th, Finish-
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TJ Hartman Racing - Update: Weather clears but the Gremlins hung around!
Brisbane, QLD Australia - March 16, 2013...
TJ's much anticipated debut behind the wheel of Brodie Tulloch's B&D Racing, Autobarn Browns Plains, Dog Tyred, Penrite Oils sponsored, 410 Eagle sprintcar was met this past Saturday with great weather at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway. Mechanical issues sidelined the team before the night was over, but not before the team was able to turn a few laps and show some speed in the process. Disappointments aside, the duo expressed their excitement in how they performed with the initial outing.
"It's definitely not something we wanted to happen," states Hartman. "But we found out real fast that we can communicate and I felt really comfortable in the car. It's been awhile since I've been in a sprintcar and for my first time in a 410, I'm pleased with the numbers we put up in hot laps."
An oil pump problem sidelined the Morayfield based team just as TJ took to the track for qualifying. The Puyallup, WA based driver explains; "Everyone on the team was bummed that we had engine troubles, but the sportsmanship from the other teams down here is great. One thing about Brodie is he never gives up and always tries to show he can overcome breakdowns and try to get back out there to finish up the night."
Fellow competitor Brock Dean loaned the team a spare oil pump, but a problem persisted as they tagged the back of the B-main. "We've got some work to do this week, but it's going to be great heading into Saturday with fresh minds and everyone in a rhythm working together," states an enthusiastic Hartman. "Brodie, Rob, and Ash were great to work with and I can't wait until next week."
TJ also wishes to thank Western Landscape Supplies, Gav's Engines, Fusion Graphix, J&M Racecraft, and Sprintcars Online, for their continued support while he is Down Under.
Be sure to follow along on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/tjhartman19 or on TJ's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tjhartmanracing for updates on the progress as the B&D Racing Q11 takes to the track next Saturday, March 23rd at Archerfield Speedway.
Next scheduled stop - Engine Doctor!
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TJ Hartman Racing - Update: Looking Forward!
Puyallup, WA - February 24, 2013...
While weather hampers his race schedule in Australia, TJ has been busy putting the finishing touches on some exciting news here at home. Together with EBR Motorsports, the Puyallup WA based driver is pleased to announce a three race deal that will find him behind the wheel for the Edmonton, AB Canada based sprintcar team. With three dates confirmed, the team also has a fourth date set as tentative.
With sponsorship from The Powder Station, Lisa's Ledgers, The Decal Shop, and Pop's Chops "Functional Junk", the team will first pair up on August 10th for the Extreme Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, and then again for two nights on August 29th and 31st at Skagit Speedway for the Sportsman Sprintcar Invitational. The August 31st show at Skagit will be as a support class for the World of Outlaws. A tentative date is also being set as August 24th.
The Edmonton date will be Hartman's first trip to the high banked 3/8 mile clay oval, and he is looking forward to adding another challenge to his resume. TJ talks about the opportunity: "It has been great to meet Scotty (team owner Scotty Evans) and have another person in my life that I can call upon for advice and guidance. He reminds me of Marshall in some ways; how he gets you to think. So it really is special to get to drive his car and work with his team. I can't wait to get up to Castrol!"
Evans puts extensive effort into ensuring that his race team is connected with the local communities. His EBR Motorsports team donates 100% of all prize and tow money to an organization called KidSport Edmonton. "We're very excited to have TJ on-board to help with the EBR Motorsports KidSport Edmonton Charity Drive" states Evans. "When TJ and I talked to KidSport a week ago, the executives were very impressed."
"KidSport is a great organization that is out to help the kids," adds TJ. "It will be a great experience to work with them. From growing up racing quartermidgets, I know what it's like for an organization to try and raise money for kids activities. I look forward to helping them and all the kids in the program."
The Pride of Puyallup is set to make 2013 one to remember. TJ finishes: "Scotty and I both have some goals for success. His sponsors and projects are important to us and I can't wait to get up there and meet them."
You can find more info on KidSport Edmonton by going to their web site at: http://www.kidsportedmonton.com and more about EBR Motorsports and their announcement at: http://www.ebracing.ca/article/EBR-Driver-Line-up-2013.html
Stay up on TJ's itinerary at his web site: http://www.tjhartmanracing.com and on his twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tjhartman19 or on the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tjhartmanracing
Next scheduled stop - Archerfield Speedway in the Q11!
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