Whelen Motorsports

Speedy in St. Louis for Backdraft

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St. Louis, MO - The huge lights and stadium in St. Louis, Missouri awaited the Backdraft team, and after some adversity in Indianapolis, Jeremy Slifko was ready to shine. On the huge floor in St. Louis, it seemed anything was possible, and when the final run was over, Slifko had persevered despite some more nagging truck issues, a testament to a team that just won't quit.

"We have been working the bugs out of the new truck and testing out different setups as we go, trying to find that great combination," said Jeremy. "I felt good in racing for sure, but we still have plenty of work to do."

Indeed, Slifko's racing performance is what stood out at the big show. With 70,000 fans looking on, Backdraft defeated Bounty Hunter in the first round, an impressive feat in and of itself considering Jim Creten has been to the championship race of the World Finals multiple times.

"My tires are hooking up nicely so far and it was great to get a win over (Creten) like that," said Jeremy. "I want to be in Vegas this year, and to do that, I have to get those wins."

Jeremy's bid for a racing victory ended in the next round, but he was ready to rock for freestyle, getting a few great hits in before a steering pump issue forced him to retreat to the sidelines early, ending what looked like a very promising run.

"I was disappointed with the run I had because I know this new truck can fly," said Jeremy. "My fans and sponsors are great though and picked me right back up after I was feeling a bit down. We have some work to do to get ready for Kansas City this weekend."

From a stadium to an arena in Missouri, the Backdraft 2013 Tour rolls on. We will keep you updated!