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McDaniel Wins $2500 Jerry Hetrick Memorial Race 
At Antioch Speedway

Antioch, CA...July 9...Randy McDaniel won the 30 lap Jerry Hetrick Memorial race for the All Star Series A Modifieds at Antioch Speedway Saturday night.  The win paid $2500 and attracted nearly 30 competitors to John M. Soares's fast 3/8th mile clay oval.  McDaniel has won well over 100 Main Events in his decorated racing career, and this ranks up there as one of his biggest victories. 

Bobby Hogge IV was doing a great job up front in the A Modified race and held a commanding lead.  Hogge might have gotten the win himself if not for being collected in the spin of one of the drivers he was about to lap.  McDaniel happily drove to the win and the big pay check that came with it.  Friday night Watsonville winner Cody Burke held off recent Antioch winner Darrell Hughes II for the second place finish.  Chico Limited Late Model champion Ryan McDaniel and four time Antioch champion Troy Foulger completed the Top 5.

Hogge didn't go away empty handed.  The talented third generation racer charged to his second 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event victory.  He now has nearly 70 feature wins in his career at Antioch Speedway.  Hogge had to battle current point leader Richard Papenhausen for the win.  Papenhausen grabbed his third second place finish of the season to maintain his point lead as past Antioch champion Andy Obertello grabbed the final podium position in third.  Two time Petaluma Late Model champion Paul Guglielmoni finished fourth, while Merced IMCA Modified point leader Bill Egleston made his first Antioch Late Model start in fifth.

Ageless veteran Roy Fisher became the sixth different Wingless Spec Sprint winner in seven races.  Fisher had to hold off two time division champion Dan Gonderman to earn the 20 lap victory.  Gonderman's teammate, Marcus Smith, moved into second in the standings on the strength of his third straight third place finish as Steven Grier was fourth.  Rookie Adam Teves had his best start of the season as he drove the Lloyd Beard Special to a fifth place finish.

2004 Modified champion Aaron Crowell emerged with his second 20 lap B Modified Main Event triumph.  Crowell was once again behind the wheel of Paul Mulder's #96 car, and he ran a great race from eighth starting to win ahead of Late Model veteran Joel Hannagan, who was enjoying his best finish yet in the division.  Championship hopeful Trevor Clymens gained valuable points on incoming point leader Al Johnson with his third place finish.  Johnson suffered a rare DNF back in eighth.  Rookie Shane DeVolder has had a string of good finishes lately at several different tracks, and he picked up a fourth place finish ahead of K.C. Keller.

87 year old Larry Damitz hasn't been seen in the Limited Late Model winner's circle since the opener, but he came back in a big way with his second 20 lap feature victory.  Damitz increased his point lead over Mark Garner, who suffered suspension damage and exited the race early on.  The division's all time win leader and two time champion Mike Gustafson was in the hunt for his second win of the season, but he settled for a respectable second place finish ahead of Jim Freethy and Lori Brown.  Rookie Kimo Oreta stayed in the hunt with his fifth place finish and heat win.

The Guy Ahlwardt train kept right on rolling in the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event.  Coming off of back to back wins, the current point leader started back in tenth.  The race had an exciting three car battle down the stretch as Alhwardt snatched the win away from leader Danny Jones on the last lap.  Ahlwardt now has four wins this season, and this is all happening in his rookie year.  Jones settled for second as 2010 champion Chris Sorensen was a strong third.  Heat winner Rob Waldrop and Jordan Swank made up the remainder of the Top 5.

Racing continues next Saturday night with Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Wingless Spec Sprints, A Modifieds, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks all in action.  For further information, go to

Race Results, July 9th

DIRTcar Late Models
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Bobby Hogge IV, Jeff Decker.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Hogge, Richard Papenhausen, Andy Obertello, Paul Guglielmoni, Bill Egleston.

A Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Randy McDaniel, Nick DeCarlo, Bobby Hogge IV, Austin Burke.  B Main (12 Laps)-Brian Cass, Tim Balding, Anthony Slaney.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Randy McDaniel, Cody Burke, Darrell Hughes II, Ryan McDaniel, Troy Foulger.

B Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Danny Jones, Aaron Crowell.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Crowell, Joel Hannagan, Trevor Clymens, Shane DeVolder, K.C. Keller.

Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jim Perry Jr., Marcus Smith.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Roy Fisher, Dan Gonderman, Smith, Steven Grier, Adam Teves.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winner (8 Laps)-Kimo Oreta.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Larry Damitz, Mike Gustafson, Jim Freethy, Lori Brown, Oreta.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Rob Waldrop, Guy Ahlwardt.  Main Event (20 Laps)-Ahlwardt, Danny Jones, Chris Sorensen, Waldrop, Jordan Swank.

Big Night For Gonzales, Cimental, Atchison 
At Rocky Hill Speedway

Porterville, CA...July 8...Despite the rumors, Sonny Sell and his crew remain committed to building Rocky Hill Speedway back up and making the track a destination for racers and fans.  Track equipment issues had forced the cancellation of a pair of races, but Friday night was the time for the racers to get back out there and race.  In the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event, double division racer Lance Gonzales picked up an impressive victory to make this a stellar night for his team.  Coming off of his strong performance a few weeks ago in Bakersfield Speedway's Richie MaGowan Memorial race, Eric Cimentel won the 20 lap Hobby Stock feature, while point leader Roy Atchison maintained his grip on the Super 4 point lead with another 20 lap Main Event victory. 

Jason Cook shot out of the gate like a cannon ball with a pair of Main Event victories to start the Mini Stock season.  Despite struggling in recent races, he was back in prime form Friday night.  Unfortunately for him, Lance Gonzales was just a little bit faster.  Gonzales drove a good race to hold off point leader Cook for his first Main Event victory.  Two names familiar with the Speedway are Shawn Schwartzenberger and "The Dirt Dawg" Andy Boydstun.  The two are 1-2 in the standings at Bakersfield and made a long trip to the Alameda County Fair last week to entertain the fans in a wild three day Rodeo Arena Figure 8.  On Friday, Schwartzenberger managed to hold off Boydstun for third in the feature as Matt Harod rounded out the Top 5.  Steven Scott finished sixth, followed by Wade Moore, title contender Clinton Massey, Vickie Hart and Candy Noland-Soares.

Eric Cimental runs a more relaxed schedule in his Hobby Stock this year, but after his second place showing in the Richie McGowan Memorial race he was anxious to go racing at Rocky Hill.  He had to contend with two of the best Hobby Stock racers in the area in Kevin Collier and Raymond Noland Jr.  Collier won the Bakersfield Speedway championship last season, while Noland is the reigning Porterville champion and current point leader.  When the checkered flag flew in the Main Event, it was Cimental scoring a well earned victory ahead of Collier.  Noland maintained his point lead in third as Joe Robinson and American Stock point leader Bob Ellis rounded out the Top 5.  2015 Mini Stock champion Jarrod Plumlee was sixth ahead of Jake Peters, Gene Glover, Colby Quinton and Michael Scruggs.

Roy Atchison has been a competitor at Rocky Hill Speedway for many years, and he has domianted this season's action as the reigning Super 4 champion and current point leader.  If you beat him, you know you've earned that win.  Lance Gonzales was looking to make it a two win night after his Mini Stock win.  However, Atchison was just a little too fast as he sped to victory.  Gonzales was a strong second to cap of a great night for the team.  Russell Silva was third ahead of Darren Easterman and Justin Atchison.  Kit Murphy ran into problems earlier in the evenng and was a Main Event scratch.

Racing returns to Rocky Hill Speedway on July 23, with Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super 4's and American Stocks all on the schedule.

Rocky Hill Speedway Results 7/8/16

Mini Stock

1-#18 Lance Gonzales
2-?#?32X? Jason Cook
3-#15 Shawn Swartzenberger
4#6 Andy Boydston
5#77 Matt Harod
5#46 Steven Scott
7#13 Wade Moore
8#88 Clint Massey
9#18W Vickie Hart
10#5 Candy Noland Soars
11#66 Chris Rutledge
12#00 Kit Murphy

Super 4

1#24 Roy Atchinson
2#18 Lance Gonzales
3#51 Russell Silva
4#7 Darren Esterman
5#57 Justin Atchinson
6#00 Kit Murphy *DNS*

Hobby Stock

1#21C Eric Cimental
2#18 Kevin Collier
3#5 Raymond Noland Jr.
4#199 Joe Robinson
5#19x Bob Ellis
6#1Jarrod Plumlee
7#19Jake Peters
8#9 Gene Glover
9#4Q Colby Quinton
10#91Michael Scruggs
11#25 Karl noland jr.
12#8X Jack Roberts 

This is an unofficial article based on live scoring on Race Monitor and subject to computer errors and official's calls.  

Walker, Burke, Hagio Winners at Ocean Speedway

Watsonville, CA...July 8...Tyler Walker won the 30 lap Taco Bravo Sprint Car Main Event Friday night at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville.  The night looked like it would be Tommy Tarlton's after he won his eight lap heat race ahead of Kurt Nelson Jr. and held off Walker to claim six lap Trophy Dash honors.  Jerry Bonnema won his heat race ahead of Shane Golobic.  Tarlton charged into the lead at the start of the Main Event ahead of Walker and Golobic.  The lead trio ran in that order for 27 laps.  Walker kept it close with Tarton in traffic before a caution flag flew after 28 laps.  On the restart, Walker managed to gain the lead as Tarlton fell back.  Walker won ahead of Shane Golobic, Justin Sanders, Ryan Bernal, Jerry Bonnema, Brad Furr, Tarlton, Buddy Kofoid, Nelson and Jeremy Chisum.

Cody Burke won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event.  Burke grabbed the lead midway through the race and went on to score the victory.  Andy Obertello raced into the lead at the start, but he pitted on lap sixth lap with a flat tire to hand Robert Marsh the lead on the restart.  C. Burke stalked Marsh until making his pass for the lead.  In the later stages of the race, Obertello made a charge back to second, but he could only chase the flying C. Burke for the second place finish.  Alex Wilson finished third ahead of Austin Burke, Todd Hermasillo, Raymond Keldsen, Robert Dias, Anthony Copeland, Marsh and Kyle Bryan.  A. Burke won an eight lap heat race ahead of Andy Obertello, while Wilson won his heat in front of Keldsen.  Incoming point leader Bobby Hogge IV was a Main Event scratch.

Past Street Stock champion Doug Hagio II won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  The night started with Chris Falkenberg holding off Donny Hampl for the first heat win and Shane DeVolder winning the second eight lapper in front of Hagio.  Paul Mulder led the Main Event early before Falkenberg made his move into the lead.  Hagio charged into third and took second from Mulder on lap 11.  A lap 12 caution flag slowed the pace, and Hagio made his move into the lead on lap 14.  Falkenberg was still running second when the last yellow flag fell on lap 15.  Mulder found himself in second as Falkenberg retired from the event.  Hagio led the rest of the way to win ahead of Mulder.  Justin McPherson made a last lap pass to take third from DeVolder.  Matt Kile finished fifth ahead of Duane Beiser, Falkenberg, Adrian DeSouza, Aaron Farell and Charlie Hunter.

David Teves won the South Bay Dwarf Car Association 20 lap Main Event.  Teves held off Marty Weisler earlier in the evening to win the eight lap heat race.  In the Main Event, the reigning Antioch Speedway champion and current Watsonville point leader Teves trailed past champion Nick Squartitto when the yellow flew on lap 12.  Teves wasted little time taking the lead on the restart and set sail for another victory.  Squatritto settled for second.  M. Wesler took third from Mark Biscardi on lap 14 to finish there as Biscardi was fourth, followed by Eric Wesiler, Frankie Politelli, Kyle Jones and Joey Dale.

Two time American Stock champion Terry Campion won the 20 lap American Stock Main Event.  Campion won the heat race ahead of William Kennedy.  Tony Olivera led the early laps of the Main Event as Campion took second from Nick Triolo on lap seven.  Campion chased Olivera before making his winning move on lap 16.  Campion went on to victory, and Triolo got by Olivera for second on the last lap.  Katie Briggs finished fourth, followed by George Fernandez, John Farrell, William Kennedy and Charlie Hunter.

Dennis Keldsen Jr. finally broke through to the Mini Stock Main Event winner's circle with his 20 lap victory.  Keldsen started things off with a six lap heat race win over Jason Womack.  Mark Fields set the early Main Event pace before surrendering the lead to Bill Beardsley.  Beardsley was being stalked by Keldsen by lap seven, and Keldsen made his winning pass on lap nine.  This timme, Keldsen pulled away and did not let it get away.  Beardsley was passed late by Paul Laoretti for second as Fields and Womack rounded out the finishing order.

Faccinto Wins WST Speedweek Event 
At Siskiyou Motor Speedway

Yreka, CA...July 8...Mitchell Faccinto became the fourth different winner in five races at the WST Sprint Car Speedweek Series rolled into Sisikiyou Motor Speedway Friday night.  Faccinto was threatened only briefly by second place finisher Trey Starks.

Randy Wright won his first 25 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event as Jimmy Lipke made a charge to gain the point lead with his second place finish.

Mitchell Faccinto won the 30 lap WST Sprint Car Main Event to become the fourth different winner of Speedweek.  The Hanford California based racer also won the five lap Trophy Dash.  During the first half of the feature, Faccinto set a rapid pace, but traffic allowed fast timer Trey Starks to catch him before a yellow flag slowed the pace on lap 18.  Faccinto charged out to a good lead from there and scored a well earned victory.  Starks stayed in the Speedweek championship hunt with a solid second place finish as Californians Jonathan Allard, Steven Tiner and Kyle Hirst completed the Top 5.  Allard and Bricen James were the eight lap heat race winners.

Randy Wright won his first career 25 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event.  Wright gave indication of things to come when he won his heat race ahead of Trophy Dash winner Kurt Lorenzini.  Ryder Boswell won the other eight lap heat ahead of Medford point leader Jorddon Braaten.  Wright and Boswell charged into the top two positions at the start of the feature and gradually pulled away from the pack.  Jimmy Lipke gained third just before the only caution flag flew in the race on lap 17.  As Wright pulled away on the restart Lipke moved up to battle R. Boswell for second.  Lipke made the pass for second on lap 19, but there was no catching Wright.  R. Boswell settled for third ahead of Doug Franklin, Colter Boswell and Lorenzini.

WST Sprint Cars
FT-Trey Starks 11.856.  Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Jonathan Allard, Bricen James.  Trophy Dash (5 Laps)-Mitchell Faccinto.  Main Event (30 Laps)-Faccinto, Starks, Allard, Steven Tiner, Kyle Hirst.

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Ryder Boswsell, Randy Wright.  Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Kurt Lorenzini.  Main Event (25 Laps)-Wright, Jimmy Lipke, R. Boswell, Doug Franklin, Colter Boswell, Lorenzini.