SO FAR, SO GOOD FOR SOMMERS IN TUNDRA ROOKIE RACE
PORTAGE, Wis. (August 26, 2018) – Less than a year removed from the best points performance by a rookie in the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes, Gabe Sommers is looking to raise the bar again.
Not only is the 15-year-old racer from Plover riding an impressive streak of Top Tens, but he also finds himself in the Championship hunt as well as being the leading Back 40 Wraps Rookie of the Year contender. In Sixth Place, at just 31 points out of the top spot with two races remaining, Sommers has the chance to make waves.
“You just have to be consistent and finish Top Ten,” Sommers said. “Hopefully you don’t DNF and you’ll be there in the end. Finishing every race is the key.”
So far Sommers has been the model of consistency, and seven has been his lucky number. Sommers scored Seventh Place finishes in the first three rounds of the 2018 season at Wisconsin International Raceway, Marshfield Motor Speedway, and State Park Speedway. His visits to WIR and Marshfield were his first in a Super Late Model.
“I think we’re gaining a little more every race and we can get to the Top Five and keep working our way up from there,” Sommers said of his team’s standing thus far.
Sommers did enjoy a breakthrough into the Top Five the last time TUNDRA was in action at Jefferson Speedway for Round Four. He enjoyed his best finish of the season by grabbing Fourth. Although it was his first time in a Super Late Model at Jefferson, Sommers felt comfortable after several visits with the Midwest Truck Series.
“It was a good race. We ran well there every time in the truck,” Sommers said. “We had a really good setup when we got there, and we were able to work on the car and get it faster.”
In fact, Sommers credits a lot of his rookie success to having seen many of these tracks in the Midwest Truck. While the race machines may be quite different, getting laps and experience have been a big boost to Sommers’ campaign.
“I think it has helped a lot to learn the line. If you don’t have the line down, you’re struggling all day,” Sommers said.
With two races remaining Sommers finds himself in an interesting spot. He sits 31 points out of the point lead and has a 40-point lead over Collin Slife, who finished Third at Jefferson. For Sommers, the focus seems only to be on his program.
“I think we need to gain a little bit. We’re definitely making some gains and are looking for that Top Five,” Sommers said of the point battle.
A visit to Golden Sands could be very beneficial. Although Sommers doesn’t have a ton of laps in the Super Late Model, he does have some experience on which to build. It also helps that Plover is his home track and brings fans wearing #15 shirts out in droves.
“I think we’ll have a good piece for the TUNDRA race at Golden Sands and we just have to save things, so we can be there at the end,” he said.
From there a stop at Dells Raceway Park will set the stage for a final showdown in both the Championship and Rookie of the Year battles. Depending on what happens at Golden Sands, Sommers could be fighting tooth and nail for one or both of those titles.
TUNDRA swings back into action on Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, Wis. The series will be joined by the Midwest Truck Series and Wisconsin Sport Trucks. Qualifying is at 12:30 p.m. with racing at 2 p.m.
Golden Sands Speedway is located on State Highway 54 between Plover and Wisconsin Rapids. For more information visit www.gssraces.com