Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ben Silliker And Team Silco Set Ambitious 2016 Schedule

By Team Silco Media/Blakesley Sports Media

LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA (March 8, 2016) – Northern Alberta Canada's Ben Silliker, 11, will take on asphalt Late Models as part of a busy racing schedule as a Team Silco Racing Development Driver in 2016. After a 2015 campaign of 72 main events with seven race wins, Silliker sets his sights on a transition to pavement as part of a nearly 90 race effort this year.

Team Silco Racing has relocated from Northern Alberta Canada to Lemoore in the central valley of California to attack the increased race program.

Silliker's schedule includes a run for the televised eight race championship in the new Jr. Late Models on the paved Madera Speedway in Madera, CA. The one-third mile asphalt oval is the first in the world to offer full size stock car competition for drivers ages 10-16 in 50 lap features. All events in the series will be televised on MAVTV with Silliker's season debut this Saturday March 12th.

In addition to the Madera action, Silliker will compete in nearly the entire Restricted 600 Micro programs at both Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, CA and Lemoore Raceway in Lemoore, CA. Silliker also has several races at Delta Speedway in Stockton, CA and Dixon, CA's Dixon Speedway within his 50 race Micro schedule. Silliker opened his Micro program with the NOW600 series in Greenville, TX in February with a pair of second place finishes. The Team Silco Micro Sprint program includes major events such as the CA Speedweek and Clay Cup in July and the Turkey Bowl XVI in October.

On the Outlaw Kart side, Silliker will continue to be active with his largest focus on the second annual Kyle Larson Outlaw Kart Showcase at Cycleland Speedway in Chico, CA in September. Silliker will race in Atwater throughout the summer in preparation for the Showcase. He also made several starts in January and February in the Chowchilla Barn Burner, picking up a win in the Non-Wing 500 class along the way.

Across asphalt and dirt, Silliker's program will be either televised or live streamed approximately two dozen times this season. The media program surrounding Team Silco will bring his new sponsors Hamblin Motorsports, Micro Blue Bearings, Vahlco Wheels, and Motion Media Wraps increased exposure throughout the season. Steve Hamblin of Hamblin Motorsports joins to crew chief the Micro Sprint program, while long time supporter Grant Edwards of Evolution Racing Products will head the asphalt Late Model team. Steven Blakesley of Blakesley Sports Media will return to handle media for the team.

Racing action gets underway this weekend at Madera Speedway for the 2016 Jr. Late Models. Practice is tentatively scheduled for Friday night with the 50 lap feature on Saturday night. The race will be filmed for MAVTV for a tape delay broadcast. Race fans can keep up with the action at the team's official website www.TeamSilco.com or on Facebook and Twitter. Many of Team Silco's events can also be followed on Race Monitor.

Team Silco Racing is presented by Hamblin Motorsports, Micro Blue Bearings, Evolution Racing Products, Blakesley Sports Media, Vahlco Wheels, and Motion Media Wraps.