Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stone Grabs Second Merced Speedway Main Event Victory

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Stone Grabs Second Merced Speedway Main Event Victory

Paul Stone impressed with a dominating effort that earned him a victory in the 20 lap IMCA Modified Main Event Sunday night at Merced Speedway.  The win was the second of the season for Stone aboard the Jack Mounce owned Modified.  Stone won by a full straightaway at the checkered flag.

A veteran of racing at Merced Speedway for over 40 years, Bob Williamson led the first three laps before being passed by Stone.  However, Williamson drove to a season best second place finish.  Point leader Alex Wilson was involved in that first yellow flag, but he charged from the back to a third place finish.

Mark Odgers won his first 20 lap IMCA Sport Mod Main Event of the season.  Dwayne Short led the first seven laps before Odgers made a pass in Turn 3 for the lead.  However, Odgers lost the lead back to Short on a lap 12 restart.  He remained persistent and made a low pass exiting Turn 2 on lap 16 to regain the lead.  From there, Odgers brought it home to a satisfying victory.  Point leader Josh Hensley made a last lap pass on Short to finish second.

Austin Van Hoff became the 12th different 20 lap Hobby Stock feature winner of the season.  Luck was on his side.  A tangle between second place runners Kevin Joaquin and Cody Parker gained Van Hoff second behind a heavily smoking Michael Shearer.  When Shearer’s motor finally gave up on him on lap 12, Van Hoff would gain the lead and win by a comfortable margin. Rookier Dexter Long was a career best second place finisher ahead of Jennifer Corder.

Chris Corder finally won his first 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event of the season.  He beat point leader Darren Miguel at the start, but Kelly Campanile actually took the lead from him on a lap three restart.  A yellow on lap eight provided Corder with the restart he would use to regain the lead.  From there, Corder drove a good race and was rewarded with a much needed victory.  Campanile earned her third second place finish of the season ahead of Joy Alger.

Mark Garner led all the way to win his sixth 12 lap Limited Late Model Main Event of the season.  Garner held off the late challenge of second place finisher Roy Hart Jr.  Buddy Thatcher finished third.

Racing resumes at Merced Speedway next Sunday night with a five division show that will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Mini Stocks.

Sunday July 26, 2015
Race Results

IMCA Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Joel Myers, Kyle Wilson.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Paul Stone, Bob Williamson, Alex Wilson, K. Wilson, Myers.

IMCA Sport Mods
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Josh Hensley, Dwayne Short.   Main Event (20 Laps)-Mark Odgers, Hensley, Short, Marisa Odgers, Mark Squardrito.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Austin Van Hoff, Cody Parker.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Van Hoff, Dexter Long, Jennifer Corder, Kevin Joaquin, Shearer

Mini Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)- Darren Miguel, Chris Corder.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Corder, Kelly Campanile, Joy Alger, Natalie Waldrop, Andrew Krumm.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Roy Hart Jr.  Main Event (12 Laps)-Mark Garner, Hart, Buddy Thatcher.