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January 17th, 2016 - Matt Gilbertson Finishes in 5th in WWS Point Standings
1 Matt continued his early season racing action at the USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona during the 2016 Wild West Shootout as he and the MGR team raced in the final 4 events of the tour. 

Wednesday night, Matt raced from deep in a stacked heat race to win, earning the night's top amount of passing points and putting his #23 on the pole for the night's feature for the second time of the week. Matt settled in to second early in the main event and after a handful of cautions plagued the early part of the event, Matt and the third place running car made contact and Matt suffered a flat tire under caution. The crew changed the tire and Matt rejoined the field at the tail for the remainder of the 25-lap event. Matt then began his push forward and stormed through the field into the top five and settled in with an impressive fourth place finish when the checkered flag flew.

Friday night, Matt battled a tough draw and hammer down racing surface to come home with a third place finish in the heat race and a 16th place run in the night's main event after all was said and done.

Saturday, again Matt didn't have the pill draw on his side and he raced to a sixth place finish in his heat race, was forced to run one of the b-mains, which he finished third in and then had a good run from 23rd to 11th in the night's main event, salvaging a decent night.

Sunday's finale saw Matt again race to a top three finish in his heat race with a third place finish and then battle all night long in and around the top five during the 25-lap main event, eventually coming home with a sixth place finish capping off a good week in the desert. 

Matt qualified for all 6 shows during the mini series with three top ten finishes and wound up fifth in the final week long point standings.

Results can be found at www.RaceUSARaceway.com.

January 10th, 2016 - Matt Gilbertson Begins 2016 Season at USA Raceway
1Matt and the MGR Racing Team ventured to the USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona to kick off their 2016 racing season as they have the past several seasons. Matt's sharp looking GRT had a good opening weekend at the Wild West Shootout.
 
Matt raced to an impressive heat race victory to kick off 2016 and after starting in the third row, earned the most passing points and put his Realtruck.com/Mastec Electric machine on the pole for the night's 25-lap, $1,000 tow in main event. Matt raced amongst the leaders throughout the entire event, running in the third position behind USMTS hotshoes Cade Dillard and Rodney Sanders. Dillard went on to win the opener, while Matt battled the extremely rough track conditions and chose to play it safe over the last few circuits, coming home in 6th.
 
Sunday's event saw a completely different racing surface and Matt started at the tail of a loaded heat race. Matt raced his #23 from 10th to 7th in his heat race and then crossed the line second in the b-main, qualifying himself for the night's main event. Matt rolled off from the 10th row in the feature and raced around trying to find the fastest line and was able to race across the finish line with a 17th place finish on night number 2.
 
Results can be found at www.RaceUSARaceway.com.