Monday, December 19, 2016

Team Silco Closes Out 2016 Season With 15 Victories

LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA (December 19, 2016) – 11 year-old Ben Silliker's 12 win season in three different types of race cars highlighted a busy 2016 for Team Silco Racing. The Alberta, Canada team, now located in Lemoore, CA, competed in more than 110 main events on both dirt and asphalt as Silliker and his eight year-old brother Alex made their mark.

A trio of historic accomplishments - youngest A Main starter in Kyle Larson Showcase history, youngest Pavement Late Model winner in California history, and youngest Non-Wing Micro feature winner in the nation - gave Team Silco one of its best career seasons.

The historic season got started with the brothers competing in the Chowchilla Barn Burner races, leading to Ben's first win of the year on February 7th in the Non-Wing 500 Outlaw Kart. On March 12, Ben became the youngest participant in the pavement Jr. Late Model Series in Madera California, televised on MAVTV. He stormed to a second place finish in the debut on March 12th. He followed that effort up with a fourth place finish in an Outlaw Kart race at Delta Speedway against a 30 car field.

His second win came just a week later in the Jr. Late Models making him the youngest winner in series history. He did not have to wait long for win number three, scoring that in a Restricted Micro Sprint at Dixon Speedway in April. He led much of the Jr. Late Model race at the end of April as well before a late race incident cost him the victory.

Ben Silliker won again on May 21 at Lemoore Raceway in a Restricted Micro. In June, he moved up to the full 600cc Non Wing Micros and finished fifth at Dixon. He podiumed again with the Jr. Late Model and won a Restricted main to end the month of June at Delta Speedway for his fifth different track to win at already at mid-season.

Win six came in a Restricted at Dixon Speedway in July before Team Silco began a strong late season surge. August was the start of the surge when Alex Silliker got his first two wins of the year while Ben had a win and a third in his Jr. Late Model.

September saw Team Silco enter the Kyle Larson Outlaw Kart Showcase at Cycleland Speedway in Oroville, CA. The largest and most prestigious Outlaw Kart event saw Silliker enter the full open 500cc division against over 130 entries from around the world. Silliker not only made the feature to be the youngest starter ever but he also qualified for the dash race as well. Ben ran in the top five before having a right rear go flat finishing with a 12th place in perhaps his biggest accomplishment of the season.

Riding a wave of momentum, Silliker earned his second Jr. Late Model win in a very hard fought victory at the end of September on MAVTV. He proudly carried the Bryan Clauson Logo on the hood, "Parking It" for BC.

Alex Silliker scored a pair of second place finishes at Dixon Speedway in October in the Jr. Sprints along with a second place in Box Stock at Chowchilla Barn Burner. Ben won his first Winged 500cc Open Outlaw Kart win against adult racers by taking the Barn Burner win on October 15th. He finished second on October 30th then won again at Hills Ferry Raceway in Newman, CA on November 5th for win number 10. Alex also won at Hills Ferry making it his 3rd win of the season.

Ben added one more major accomplishment by winning the Non Wing Micro feature during Turkey Night at Plaza Park in Visalia, CA on November 19th as the youngest Non Wing feature winner in the nation. Win 12 came in the Barn Burner at the end of November to give him the points lead in that series.

All told Ben Silliker made 74 starts with 12 victories and 42 top-five finishes. His brother Alex had 37 starts with three wins and 16 top-fives.

Team Silco will take a short break before returning to Outlaw Kart action on January 7th at Delta Speedway in Stockton, CA. The "Delta Kart Nationals" will be televised on Fast Four Media as well with coverage available at Ben Silliker's 2016 season of Jr. Late Model races can be viewed on demand on the LucasOilTV App or on MAVTV. Check your local listings.

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