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Chadwick Scores Impressive Victory At Sunset Speedway
Banks, Oregon...June 17...Kellen Chadwick won his third Wild West Shoot Out IMCA Modified Main Event in five starts in the 35 lap race at Sunset Speedway Friday night. Chadwick came into the night as the point leader in the series and did nothing to hurt that as he started on the pole and led all 35 laps for the impressive victory aboard his Pro Motorsports/Antioch Muffler sponsored Rage Chassis. That was Kellen's third $1,000 victory this week as he competes for the lion's share of the $3,500 point fund for the series championship. NASCAR veteran Kenny Schrader picked up a $600 second place finish aboard his Federated Auto Parts Modified.
Only Bricen James of the incoming Top 5 point runners missed the Main Event as Chadwick, 2014 champion Alex Stanford, Collen Winebarger and Mark Wauge made the show. Chadwick and Schrader shared the front row, and Chadwick raced into the early lead. Within about ten laps, Chadwick already had a straightaway advantage over Schrader as Rob Ireland ran third. Mark Carroll and Stanford were fourth and fifth at the lap ten mark as Tripp Gaylord and John Campos ran right behind Stanford in a good battle. Carroll moved by Stanford for fifth on lap 11, and the first yellow didn't come until lap 18 for debris on the track. Chadwick continued to lead Schrader on the restart as Carroll moved into third. Schrader was enjoying a good battle with Carroll for second. Another yellow flag flew for debris on lap 26, and Wauge tangled with B.J. Wild for a lap 28 caution flag. There was a bit of contact with Schrader and Chadwick on the restart, but Chadwick continued to lead Schrader and Carroll. T. Gaylord made a late move around Carroll for third. There was no stopping Chadwick as he drove to a well earned victory. Schrader settled for second ahead of T. Gaylord, Carroll and Ryan Scott Gaylord.
Chadwick was a bit concerned about the initial start. "I was a little bit worried about what Ken would do, " he admitted. "I knew it was gonna be hard to get around Kenny."
That didn't turn out to be a problem for the second generation racer as he had the lead by the time they exited the first turn. However, there was another concern on his mind. "As small as this track is, I was a little worried about what it would be like in traffic, " Kellen explained. "There's not a lot of room out there, so I was worried how that would be. You don't want to be seeing a bunch of yellow flags in a race, but they came out at the right time for me."
Kellen hasn't been to Elma in a while, though he had one of his biggest wins up there earlier in his career. He knows what he's hoping for. "I don't know what the track is gonna be like, " said Chadwick. "I hope it's gonna be slick and black, because that's what we've been good on all week."
As for Schrader, he knew early on that this wasn't gonna be his race without some bad luck for Chadwick. "We weren't even in the same zip code, " joked Kenny, who spent the day before giving kids rides in his race car. "He was way faster than me. We did some changes, and they didn't work. I still think we made the right call."
The deciding race for the series championship will take place tomorrow night at Greys Harbor Speedway in Elma, Washington.
Furr, Falkenberg Win At Ocean Speedway
Watsonville, CA...June 17..Brad Furr drove to victory in the 30 lap Taco Bravo Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Ocean Speedway. Other winners on the night included Chris Falkenberg (IMCA Sport Modifieds), Robert Gallaher (American Stocks) and Jason Womack (Mini Stocks).
Brad Furr grabbed the victory in the 30 lap Taco Bravo Sprint Car Main Event. There were 21 Sprint Cars, and Furr set a quick time of 11.623. Furr then won his heat race ahead of Jerry Bonnema Anthony Simone was a heat race winner ahead of Logan Seavy, and Kurt Nelson won the final heat race over multi time champion Tommy Tarlton. Seavy also won the Trophy Dash ahead of Nelson. Nelson set the early Main Event pace ahead of Seavy and Kaleb Montgomery. Seavy and Nelson began a thrilling duel on lap five that lasted for the next few laps. They traded the lead each lap with Nelson leading Seavy and new third place runner Furr on a lap nine yellow flag. Nelson's race came to an abrupt end on lap ten. Seavy had the lead, but he soon surrendered the spot to Furr. Jeremy Chisum made a charge to the second position as Seavy still held third at the lap 20 mark. Furr brought it home to victory with Chisum a strong second. Seavy faded late as Scott Parker was third ahead of Chris Markle, Koen Shaw, Tarlton, Seavy, Buddy Kofoid, Dustin Golobic and Cole Macedo.
Chris Falkenberg returned to Ocean Speedway and drove to an impressive victory in the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Falkenberg took the lead from Adrian DeSousa on a lap 10 restart and would lead the rest of the way with a winning margin of about a straightaway. After winning the heat race ahead of Justin McPherson, Dennis Simonovich made a lap 18 pass on DeSousa to pick up a second place feature finish. DeSousa settled for third ahead of McPherson, point leader Jim DiGiovanni, Anthony Giuliani, Paul Mulder and Shane DeVolder.
Robert Gallaher won the 20 lap American Stock Main Event after earlier holding off Katie Briggs to win the heat race. Tony Olivera led a few early laps before Gallaher raced by for the lead. William Kennedy took third from Briggs on lap seven, but his race ended a lap later with mechanical issues. Gallaher led the restart and would go on stretch his lead to over a straightaway on Olivera. Briggs finished third ahead of George Fernandez, John Farrell and Kennedy.
Manteca visitor Jason Womack made a last lap pass on Dennis Keldsen Jr to win the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event. Womack had earlier won the heat race ahead of point leader Kate Beardsley. Keldsen led most of the way, but Womack ran close behind him for most of the distance before making his move late. Keldsen lost the lead on the last lap a week ago to Chris Corder. This time it was Womack making the winning move. Womack would win with Keldsen a disappointed second. Lucy Falkenberg was a career best third ahead of Corder, K. Beardsley, Mark Fields, Bill Beardsley and Paul Laoretti.