The first two races Eddie Tafoya Jr. contested on his return to California have shown that the veteran driver has been more than fast enough to win the mains. However, Lady Luck has not been on his side and each time she knocked him from the fray before the race was over.
Tafoya’s latest western racing excursion took place about three and a half hours away from his Chino Hills, California home at the Mojave Valley Raceway. Last year the friendly driver made two trips to the Arizona speed plant that is located minutes from the Colorado River. His first venture to the track produced a third-place finish in March of 2022. Five and a half months later, he recorded another top-10 finish when he crossed under the checkered flags in eighth place.
Earlier this year, he qualified third fastest in the 30-car field, won his heat race, and started fifth in the 30-lap main on the 1/3 mile clay oval. He was running in the top five before stopping and having to restart at the back. In the remaining 25-laps, he passed more cars than any other driver and finished 12th.
His latest sojourn to the Arizona track had the same feel to it until the main event.
“It was good until it wasn’t,” Tafoya lamented on last week’s Dirt Tracks and Rib Racks podcast. “It went kind of like at Perris the race before. We qualified all right, in 10th. Had to start third in our heat and we won it. It definitely felt good for whatever reason. I just kind of jell with that track. The size and shape kind of suits my style.”
From early on in the latest Mohave main, Tafoya was on his game. He steered the handsome #51T forward toward the front and was a major factor in the race. In fact, he seemed to be the fastest car on the track early on.
“In the main event I got to second, technically,” Tafoya explained on the Indiana-based podcast. “By lap 10 we had three cautions and restarts. I had to pass Yeley three times (he passed him three times for second but each time a yellow came out within a lap and they went back to the last completed lap). I was third after a red and my motor started lying down. It eventually got pretty bad so I popped the thing out of gear and pulled into the pits.”
Unfortunately, his early departure turned a potential main-event victory into a 13th-place finish.
Next up for Tafoya will be the annual Western World Championships at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway. Following that race he will contest the USAC/CRA season closer on November 11th at the Perris Auto Speedway.
If you would like to hear the friendly driver on the Dirt Tracks and Rib Racks Podcast, please visit the following link https://open.spotify.com/episode/1Hox9dg0iRGXo0szabeqDy
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Tafoya and the #51T team would like to thank Specialty Fasteners, DRC Chassis, Ryder Racing Engines, Simpson Safety Products, Bell, Benic Enterprises, BR Motorsports, PSC Powder Coating, Magik Graphics, Gasper Transportation, Owen’s Insurance Services, and Weld Wheels for supporting its racing program.
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