ENGLISH A STELLAR RUNNER-UP
IN SEASON-ENDING GATEWAY DIRT NATIONALS!
9, 2021) Tanner English and Riggs Motorsports put an
exclamation mark on their 2021 campaign from December 2-4 with
a strong weekend in the 5th edition of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals'
at The Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
Last Thursday night in his $5,000 to win preliminary show, Tanner
laid down the sixth quickest lap in Group B during the qualifying
session before running second in his stacked heat race. After
starting the 25-lap prelim feature from the outside of the sixth
row, Tanner stayed out of trouble during the wild contest and
moved past nine competitors en route to a sterling third place
podium effort behind only winner Tyler Carpenter and runner-up
Bob Gardner! (Josh
By virtue of the top four performance, Tanner automatically
transferred into Saturday evening's season-ending 'Gateway Dirt
Nationals' grand finale, which boasted a whopping $30,000 paycheck.
The Benton, Kentucky ace drew the outside of the front row for
the start of the 40-lapper and ran in the second spot throughout
the contest that was held indoors on a temporary 1/5-mile oval.
At the checkers, Tanner was 0.717 seconds behind victor Tyler
Carpenter and settled for the $15,000 payday for his runner-up
showing! Full results from the entire weekend in the STL can be
found online by clicking on www.gatewaydirt.com.
“It was a great way to cap off our season
by finishing on the podium in a couple of races during a marquee
event like the Gateway Dirt Nationals,” commented English
via telephone. “I thought starting that far back (in twelfth)
on Thursday night that there was no way we could get up through
there. But it was a wild race, some cars didn’t finish,
and we were there to capitalize to grab the third transfer spot.
Then on Saturday, we had a great car and we were in position to
win that race if (Tyler) Carpenter’s right rear tire goes
totally flat one set of corners before it actually does. It was
an awesome year; however, and I can’t thank Riggs Motorsports,
all of our crew, and each sponsor enough for all of their support!”
Tanner and his #81e team enjoyed a terrific 2021
racing season, which kicked off back in January at All-Tech Raceway
in Ellisville, Florida. The Riggs Motorsports team was consistent
all year long, as Tanner racked up 7 feature victories, 45 top
five finishes, and 57 top ten performances in the 71 events that
he entered. He also parlayed that same consistency on the DIRTcar
Summer Nationals trail into a close third place finish in the
final “Hell Tour” point standings. A few highlights
for the 2021 campaign are shown below:
* $15,000 MARS Racing Series Victory at Fairbury
* $10,053 Spring Nationals Series Victory at Clarksville (TN)
* $10,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory at Tri-City (IL) Speedway
* $5,000 ‘Toilet Bowl Classic’ Victory at Clarksville
* $2,200 Super Late Model Victory at Lake Cumberland (KY) Speedway
* (2) $1,500 Super Late Model Victories at Clarksville (TN) Speedway
* Finished Runner-Up in $30,000 ‘Gateway Dirt Nationals’
at The Dome (MO) at America’s Center
* Finished Runner-Up in $15,000 ‘One for the Road’
at Fairbury (IL) Speedway
* Finished Third in $20,000 ‘Jackson 100’ at Brownstown
* Finished Third in $12,000 ‘Thaw Brawl’ at LaSalle
* Finished Third in $10,000 Lucas Oil Series Show at Bubba (FL)
Riggs Motorsports would like to thank the following
group of sponsors and partners for their continued support: Riggs
Drilling Solutions, Best One Tire & Auto Care, Wiles Racing
Driveshafts, Allstar Performance, XR1 Rocket Chassis, Schaeffer’s
Racing Oil, Slicker Graphics, Swift Springs, AFCO Racing Products,
Base Racing Fuel, Hoosier Racing Tires, Pro Power Racing Engines,
Jay D1ckens Racing Engines, Budda Bert Transmissions, Frankland
Racing Supply, Peterson Fluid Systems, Awesome Racewear, Performance
Rod & Custom (PRC), Micro Armor, Multi-Fire Spark Plug Wires,
and Waterman Racing Components.
Keep up with Riggs Motorsports all year long by
logging onto www.RiggsMotorsports81.com or follow the team on
social media – Facebook @RiggsMotorsports, Twitter @rmsports81,
and Instagram @jasonriggs81.
Media Contact: Ryan Delph - Delph Communications