(December 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 James Artwork)

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 (IL) Speedway
* $10,053 Spring Nationals Series Victory at Clarksville (TN) Speedway
* $10,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory at Tri-City (IL) Speedway
* $5,000 ‘Toilet Bowl Classic’ Victory at Clarksville (TN) Speedway
* $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 (IN) Speedway
* Finished Third in $12,000 ‘Thaw Brawl’ at LaSalle (IL) Speedway
* Finished Third in $10,000 Lucas Oil Series Show at Bubba (FL) Raceway Park

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




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