FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monroe, WA - July 24, 2023 — Preston Peltier Racing wishes to address the recent outcome of the 2023 Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway, during which our team was disqualified in the Super Late Model Division.
We would first like to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors, team members, and fans for their unwavering support throughout the season. It's their passion and dedication that fuel our commitment to racing, and their support has never been more critical than at this challenging time.
We categorically disagree with the decision of the event officials to disqualify our team from the 2023 Summer Showdown Super Late Model Division. We understand and respect the regulations that govern an event ensuring that all teams compete under fair and equal conditions.
With that being said, we would like to clarify our position. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and fair play, and we trust the officials of Evergreen Speedway, including tech official, Kevin Guthrie will acknowledge the following statements as fact.
We were disqualified in the Super Late Model division after winning for a “chip limit violation.” THE PRINTED RULES AS WE HAD THEM HAD NO SET LIMIT FOR THE PARTS MOTOR PACKAGE WE WERE RUNNING.
On June 13, 2023, we entered the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway and paid our entry fees, and also paid the pit passes for the crew. At that time we were able to download the racer’s packet that included the rules for this event. Nowhere in the rules did it specify there was a “chip limit” in the Super Late Model for the Summer Showdown 150.
The chip was set at the race shop during normal race prep and nothing more was thought of it.
After the race and subsequent disqualification, the race team was told by track officials that the rules for this race had been updated on July 2nd but were NOT COMMUNICATED directly in any way to the race teams. This rule change was not given to us prior to the race, upon arrival, at tech, or at the driver’s meeting. Evergreen Speedway and track officials could have texted, emailed, mailed, or clearly stated in the drivers meeting that there have been updates to the rules packet since you first received them and to make sure your cars are compliant. This was not done. For every other race we’ve competed in, any rule change would have been communicated via more than one of these methods.
Furthermore, it has come to our attention after conversations with other competitors that they were also working off the same set of rules that had no RPM limits. We've also been made aware that there were certain Super Late Model teams that had their ignition boxes inspected and sealed at tech. But not ours. Why do some and not all? If this would have been performed, it would have been an easy fix and saved us quite a bit of grief and a significant loss of revenue. Why wouldn’t a potentially winning car be inspected prior?
This situation could have been easily avoidable by track officials. Unfortunately, there was something that felt off about this entire event. In what used to be one of our very favorite places to go race, we now felt unwelcomed from the moment we got there and that this disqualification could have very well been pre-mediated.
We would like everyone to know that there are repercussions beyond just a race here. We make a living at racing and it’s serious business. If you’re going to run a money race then it’s the track and promoter’s responsibility to hire competent people that can effectively put on a successful race of this caliber. It's disappointing to put a stain on what used to be a marquee event.
Despite this setback, Preston Peltier Racing is undeterred. Our dedication to our program remains as strong as ever, and our commitment to our fans and sponsors continues unabated. While we are disappointed with the outcome of the 2023 Summer Showdown, we are channeling our energy into learning from this experience and ensuring that we come back stronger and more focused than ever. Including being much more selective about the races we choose to compete in.
Racing is more than just a sport for us. It's about perseverance, integrity, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. This incident will not dampen our spirit, but instead, it serves to strengthen our resolve to compete at the highest level and deliver the results our fans and sponsors expect and deserve.
For any further queries regarding this matter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to seeing you at the race track soon.
Aout Preston Peltier Racing
Preston Peltier Racing is a full-time top-tier racing team, known for its dedication to excellence, sportsmanship, and the competitive spirit of racing. Led by accomplished driver Preston Peltier, the team consistently competes at the highest levels of asphalt short-track racing at prestigious events all over the United States.
Preston Peltier Racing Responds to 2023 Summer Showdown Disqualification