Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ben Silliker And Team Silco Score Third Win Of Young Season

Via Team Silco PR

LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA (April 19, 2016) – Team Silco Racing development driver Ben Silliker, 11, scored his third win of 2016 and first career USAC Micro Series victory, claiming Saturday night's feature at Dixon Speedway. The Restricted 600 win gives Silliker three victories this year with one each in Outlaw Karts, Jr. Asphalt Late Models, and Micro Sprints, in 18 starts. He has also racked up 11 top-five finishes.

Not only did Silliker earn a victory Saturday night at Dixon, he added a third place run at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia on Friday night. The combination runs should make Silliker the unofficial USAC Micro Series points leader for the new series.

Silliker overcame a bought with the flu to qualify second at Dixon with an 11.353 second lap on the large nearly one-fifth mile race track. Although he failed to finish his heat race, Silliker lined up third for the 20 lap feature against a 19 car turnout.

The Alberta, Canada native wasted little time going to the front and was in the lead by lap three. Silliker ran his quickest lap of the main event on lap 12 en route to a 2.079 second victory.

On Friday night Silliker qualified sixth out of the 17 Restricted 600s on hand at Visalia's Plaza Park Raceway. He added a second place finish in his heat race to set the stage for the main event. Starting from the pole, Silliker led the first 20 laps of the feature dicing in and out of lapped traffic. Contact with a lapped car bounced him back to third where he would ultimately finish the main. A total of 37 laps were led by the black #24 over the weekend.

Ben's younger brother Alex raced both nights in the Jr. Sprint division, continuing to gain experience this year. He has also raced in Box Stocks in the outlaw kart ranks this year as well. His 2016 has been one of his busiest years yet with already seven starts under his belt.

Team Silco's busy season continues this Saturday at Lemoore Raceway with both Alex and Ben Silliker competing in Micro Sprints. Ben Silliker will then climb back aboard the #24 Jr. Late Model on pavement at Madera Speedway on April 30th for round #2 of the MAVTV-televised youth series.

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