Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Silliker Adds To Historic Season With Plaza Non Wing Victory

LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA (November 22, 2016) – In the third different type of race car this season, 11 year-old Ben Silliker took a place in the history books as the youngest in his field. Saturday night, Silliker became the youngest known Non Wing Micro Sprint race winner in the nation at Plaza Park Raceway. The Turkey Night victory gives Silliker 11 main event wins on the year. His 2016 historic accomplishments include becoming the youngest feature starter in the Kyle Larson Outlaw Kart Showcase and the youngest winner in the Jr. Late Models at Madera. Both of those accomplishments took place during Silliker's busy September.

Silliker has accumulated 70 feature starts thus far this year across the three divisions. His younger brother Alex, his Team Silco Racing teammate, is nearing 40 starts this season as well.

Both nights of racing at Plaza Park in Visalia, CA included full main events with Ben Silliker running double duty in Non Wing Micros and Outlaw Karts on Friday night. Silliker flipped in the Non Wing feature, but had a strong showing in the open 500cc Outlaw Karts in a rare Plaza Park appearance to finish third. Alex Silliker ran just outside the top-five with a sixth place run in Jr. Sprint.

The focus turned to Saturday night with just Non Wing and Jr. Sprint on the menu. The focus paid off with Ben Silliker fending off a late race charge from Mason Daniel to claim the feature win and put himself in the history books. Very few tracks in the country allow drivers under 12 to compete in Non-Wing, with Silliker at the very least the youngest in 2016 if not in Micro Sprint history to win a Non-Wing main event. The big win is part of a busy stretch going back to September 17th where the youngster has finished no worse that 9th in Non-Wing. Alex Silliker ran seventh in the Jr. Sprint competition on Saturday as well.

Team Silco Racing's season does not have any signs of slowing down, with the two day Thanksgiving Nationals at the Chowchilla Barnburner on tap for Friday and Saturday night. The indoor Outlaw Kart events have been rapidly growing. Ben Silliker has finished first and second in his two starts at the bullring this year.

Fast Four Media will have live coverage of the weekend's activities at Silliker's win at Madera Speedway in the Jr. Late Models on September 24th will air Thursday December 1st on MAVTV. The show airs at 5 pm and 8 pm Pacific and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing app.

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