Ryan Partridge Competes in Triple Header at Irwindale; Claiming Victory and Points Lead in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Mooresville, NC (July 8, 2013) - Celebrating the fourth of July at Irwindale Event Center, Ryan Partridge and the No. 48 LoanMart Racing team decided to run all three events featured on Saturday, July 6th.

Progressive Painting Race Trucks (PPRT) - Starting out the evening of racing at Irwindale Event Center, Ryan Partridge first raced in the PPRT 50 lap event.

After qualifying in third, the invert placed Partridge on the outside front row for the start of the race. Leading for most of the 50 laps, a lapped truck slowed his progress and allowed passing.

Taking the checkered flag in second was a victory in itself for the team, the truck was spewing smoke and oil in the remaining laps and was later diagnosed to have a failure in the fuel pump gasket.

Lucas Oil Late Model - After qualifying in second, the six car invert left Partridge starting in the fifth position for the Independence 50 main event.

At the drop of the green flag, the LoanMart Racing car was handling well and allowed Partridge to move up to third as the field passed through Turn 2. After a brief caution and restart, Ryan took the lead and was in command the remainder of the race. Taking the checkered flag, Partridge scored his second late model victory of the 2013 season.

“We’ve really hit on something for the long runs,” Partridge said of his setup for the event. “We were much stronger and the LoanMart Racing machine was bad fast!”

Looking at the points battle, Partridge is back in the lead but with only a two point margin.

Pick Your Part Skid Plate Car - After heading to victory lane in the Late Model car, Partridge headed to the skid plate race for a twist on his normal racing series. Competing with his brother Andy, Ryan said the skid plate race is “more about luck than anything.”

What is a skid plate race? Simply put, the rear wheels are removed and in its place is a steel plate.

Up next on the schedule, a return trip to Irwindale Event Center on July 20th to again compete with the Lucas Oil Late Model.

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