Drivers score points every time they’re on the track in the unique three-day event. But only a driver’s best night out of the first two counts before the title – and the bulk of the $165,000 purse, including $20,000 to the champion – are decided in Saturday’s racing, which gets underway at 4:30 p.m.
Eliason led a central San Joaquin Valley podium sweep of sorts on Friday. He started second, fell to third early but worked his way back to the lead midway through the 30-lap race on the third-mile, banked clay oval. U.S. Auto Club national racer Tanner Thorson of Nevada, driving for Hanford’s Netto Motorsports, was second and two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers of Clovis, who is in semi-retirement, was third in an Easton-based Tarlton Racing car.
Thorson, Meyers and Tarlton Racing teammate Carson Macedo of Lemoore are tied for fifth in points at 268.
Also, Hanford’s D.J. Netto (who drives a Sacramento-based car) and Visalia’s Steven Tiner are tied for ninth at 266.
The track has been tough on many drivers the first two nights with multiple flips but apparently no serious injuries.