6-18-2011, Burlington, Washington
Since 2005 Jonathan Allard has taken home three of the biggest paychecks of his career as winner of the prestigious Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway. Saturday night, Allard led all 40 laps of the feature holding off the preliminary night winner, Shane Stewart, then fast closing Tim Kaeding for the $40,000.00 winner check.
Starting from the outside front row Allard was beat into the first corner on the initial restart by Stewart. When that start was called back Allard was given a second chance and used it to his advantage beating Stewart into turn one and was never bested. While Stewart was poking in and out, under and over Allard lap after lap the rest of the field was shaking out.
Eight caution flags and two red flags slowed the event. The first red flag was for Travis Jacobson at beginning of lap two who broke a front end in turn one. The second coming 15 laps later when Eric Fisher flipped exiting turn two.
Late in the race Stewart starting losing the nose wing dropping back off the pace and Tim Kaeding was there to pounce pulling into second. Jac Haudenschild had run in the top 5 most of the event and pulled up to third with a great pass and started reeling in the top two but laps were running out.
On the podium during the trophy and check presentation Allard said, “It’s unbelievable. I want to thank my car owners Katie and Morrie Williams and all the guys on the team. They put a lot of effort in especially during the last month.”