When the Heimark Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals closed the 2022 season at Perris Auto Speedway earlier this month, Eddie Tafoya Jr. ended up a career-best third place in the 2022 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series championship standings. The outcome was five spots better than his previous career best of eighth place in 2021.
The biggest key to Tafoya’s prowess in 2022 was his consistency. The Specialty Fasteners hauler pulled up into racetracks 24 times this year. Every single time, the Chino Hills, California racer started the A main event. Those 24 races took place on nine different racetracks in 3 different states (California, Arizona, and South Dakota).
Of the 24 main events he started, Tafoya finished in the top ten 13 times. Of the 13, six were top five. His best finish of the campaign was a second-place result on January 29th at the Cocopah Speedway. He recorded a third at the Mohave valley Raceway on April 24th and placed fourth at Perris on June 25th.
By contrast, the team appeared at 29 races in 2021 and made the A main 17 times. He finished in the top ten on six occasions. Four of the six top 10s in 2021 were in the top five. His best finish of that season was a third at Perris in July.
Tafoya, the 2018 Perris Auto Speedway Young Guns champion and 2019 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, finished off his 2022 season with the two biggest events on the USAC/CRA schedule. First up came the Western World Championships at the Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona. That was followed by the Oval Nationals at Perris the first weekend in November. Each of those race weekends saw the 25-year-old not only squaring off with the best that USAC/CRA has to offer but also the finest drivers from the National Series as well. They were tough main events to make but the handsome 25-year-old did so every time.
Going into those final five races, Tafoya was 17 points out of third place and 25 points out of second. By the time he left Arizona and headed to Perris, he had taken over third place and only trailed the second-place driver by 18 points. When the final checkered flag of the season closed the campaign, he had sewed up third place and was only 21 points out of the runner-up spot.
Tafoya’s great-looking shirts and hoodies will make great Christmas presents for the special racing fans on your Christmas list. They are available online at www.specialty-fasteners.com.
Tafoya has a great YouTube channel at the following link https://www.youtube.com/shorts/1hrmC5L80EU.
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 making the 2022 season possible.
Fans can follow Tafoya on Instagram @eddietafoya51. The same contact point can be used to purchase his great-looking shirts via mail.
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