Estenson Racing’s Dallas Daniels ended the day seventh in his first outing at Williams Grove Speedway, scoring his fourth top-10 finish in his rookie American Flat Track AFT Singles season. Unfortunately for his teammate Ryan Wells, a technical issue ended his Main Event early at the Williams Grove Half-Mile.
It was a bit of a struggle early on, but the young Daniels continued to make progress throughout the day scoring a pair of fourths in his qualifying races. The fast boy from Illinois got off to a good start from the second row of the grid in the Main Event, but got shuffled back to eighth. In the final laps, he was able to gain a position to cross the line seventh.
As for his teammate Wells, the 2016 AFT Singles Champion was feeling good on the big, clay Half-Mile. He too made progress, finishing third in both his Heat and Semi. In the Main Event, the New Yorker got off to a flying start from the front row of the grid and was in the heat of the battle for the lead when a technical issue ended his race early. Although disappointing, Wells looks to rebound at the final two races of the season on the Mile tracks.
The Estenson Racing team gets a weekend off before heading to the penultimate round at Canterbury Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 21.Dallas Daniels – AFT Singles #163:
“We kind of struggled all day with keeping the bike in line and not getting it sideways. That has kind of been the struggle for me the latter half of the year while I’ve been trying to get used to the new bike. We continued to make progress all day and got faster and faster. We were really close to a front row start in the Main Event, but just missed it and had the first pick on the second row. I got a pretty good start in the Main. I think I was just over-riding it and I faded back to eighth, but was able to claw my way up to seventh. Overall, it was a good day, but I’m kind of disappointed. We’ll move onto the next one.”Ryan Wells – AFT Singles #94:
“I had a really good day going in Williams Grove. I definitely felt really racy. It was a good feeling. I felt like I picked up some speed from the past couple weeks. I went well in the Heat race and my Semi. We made progress all day, never went backwards. In the Main Event, I got a really good start. I was side-by-side for the lead going down the back straight, but unfortunately a mechanical got us today. It’s a bummer, but I’m taking the positives from the day. We felt good and we were racing with the front guys, which is what I wanted for the day. So it’s definitely a step in the right direction. We’ll get them next weekend.”