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Scelzi, Long Score Second Wins At Antioch Speedway
Antioch, CA...June 3...Gio Scelzi won the 30 lap King Of The West Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was the sixth race of the tour, and Scelzi became the first repeat winner with his victory. Scelzi won the Sprint Car championship in Hanford last year and is making a challenge for the King Of The West title this season. D.J. Netto paced the first four laps before Scelzi raced by on the outside to grab the lead. Reigning champion Kyle Hirst lost the third spot to Cory Eliason. Scelzi set a rapid pace up front, but his straightaway lead was whiped out by a lap 25 yellow flag for Jarrett Soares. Scelzi charged back out front on the restart and led the rest of the way for the impressive victory. Netto settled for second ahead of Eliason, Hirst and Willie Croft. Hirst was a double winner with six lap Trophy Dash and ten lap heat race victories. Netto won the other heat.
Chris Long collected his second All Star Series Hobby Stock win of the year. Three time champion Kimo Oreta led a lap before spinning in Turn 4 and collecting Chris Bennett for a yellow flag. This put Long into the lead over Cameron Swank and Brent Curran. Long led through a series of yellow flags with Swank battling closely with Curran for second. Trophy Dash winner Curran's run came to an end late with brake issues. As Long went on to win ahead of Swank, Gene Haney won a drag race back to the line with Oreta for third. Frank Furtado rounded out the Top 5 finishers. Haney, Oreta and Swank won eight lap heat races.
All Star Series racing continues this Saturday night with the Winged 360 Sprints, B Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Dwarf Cars and Hobby Stocks. It was also announced that due to a scheduling conflict, Kenny Wallace will not be at the June 24th race. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
King Of The West Sprint CarsFast Time-Cory Eliason 12.245. Trophy Dash-Kyle Hirst, D.J. Netto, Bud Kaeding. Heat 1-Kyle Hirst, Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi. Heat 2-D.J. Netto, Bobby McMahan, Bud Kaeding. Main Event-Gio Scelzi, D.J. Netto, Cory Eliason, Kyle Hirst, Willie Croft, Mitchell Faccinto, Bobby McMahan, Bud Kaeding, Sean Watts, Bill Aton.
All Star Series Hobby Stocks
Heat 1-Gene Haney, Chris Long, Lori Brown. Heat 2-Kimo Oreta, Brent Curran, Frank Furtado. Heat 3-Cameron Swank, Chris Sorensen, Randy Metzler. Trophy Dash-Brent Curran, Cameron Swank, Chris Sorensen. Main Event-Chris Long, Cameron Swank, Gene Haney, Kimo Oreta, Frank Furtado, Chris Bennett, Lori Brown, Billy Garner, Randy Metzler, Anthony Vigna.
Wednesday Night Racing During The County Fair
At Merced Speedway
Merced, CA...Every year Merced Speedway has a race during the week at the Merced County Fair. It's an opportunity for people to come check out all of the ambiance of the fair, enjoy a corn dog and the rides and then head over to the main grandstands for some exciting auto racing on the quarter-mile clay oval. This Wednesday, IMCA Sport Modifieds and Hobby Stocks will be competing.
Last time out, point leader Fred Ryland held off two time reigning champion Rick Diaz for the IMCA Sport Modified feature victory. As Diaz missed a race, the Ryland lead is now 38 points in the standings. As consistent as Ryland has been all season, he might be leading either way. Ryland has won over 40 Main Events at Antioch Speedway in his career with Sport Modified and Hobby Stock championships along the way. He is also the 2015 IMCA State champion. Seeing him on top of the leader board at Merced Speedway is no surprise, and he will be going for his second straight win. With three time winner Diaz in the field, it will be a challenge.
Second generation racer Chase Thomas just celebrated a milestone. He graduated high school. The talented 17 year old is only eight points behind Diaz in the battle for second. Behind Chase, past Antioch champion Jeremy Hoff, Tim Elias, Chuck Weir and little brother Tanner Thomas are all within 23 points of Diaz. Tanner drove a great race last time and led for several laps before holding off seasoned veteran Mark Odgers for a third place finish. As competitive as Sport Modified racing is at Merced Speedway these days, just getting a Top 3 finish can be a challenge. The racers love competing in front of the County Fair crowd, and other drivers to watch for this week include Paul Espino, T.J. Etchison, Chris Falkenberg, Cody Parker, Anthony Giuliani and 2015 champion Josh Hensley.
The Hobby Stocks have been putting on a great show for the fans this year, and it's two young up and coming drivers looking very impressive so far. Kodie Dean and third generation racer Garrett Corn have both won two Main Events this season. Corn had a bad night early on to drop him a bit further back in points, but second generation racer Dean leads reigning champion Michael Shearer by just 12 points. Shearer has been consistent, but he's still in search of his first win of the season. Shearer leads past Chowchilla Mini Stock champion Robbie Loquaci by just six points. Like Shearer, Loquaci is a threat for victory any time he shows up.
Kristie Shearer has won her share of races in recent seasons, but the wife of Michael is still looking for her first victory this season. She's still in contention this year, 29 points out of the lead and seven ahead of second generation racer Austin Van Hoff. Both drivers have done well in points at Merced. Van Hoff has a pair of Top 5 seasons, and Shearer ranked second in points in 2014. The field is stacked with talent, and other hard chargers to watch for this week include Shannon Nelson, Mike Stockton, Darren Miguel and 2015 champion Kevin Joaquin. It's just possible that we may see two time champion Bruce "Bubba" Nelson in action this week as well.
This Wednesday during the Merced County Fair will be a fun night of IMCA Sport Modified and Hobby Stock racing. The Dwarf Car Nationals will bring a good field of Dwarf Cars on June 16th and 17th. Mini Late Models will be a part of the show on the 16th, while Hobby Stocks, Super Mini Stocks and the Valley Sportsman division will be there on the 17th. For further information, go to www.racemerced.com.
Ensign, Schank, Machado, Brown, Armstrong Win
Petaluma Speedway Main Events
Petaluma, CA...June 3...Geoff Ensign scored the victory in the 25 lap PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Car Main Event Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. The current point leader took advantage of his front row start to lead every lap for the impressive win. Heat race winner Dustin Golobic and Riley Matson had a good battle for second with Golobic grabbing the position at the finish. Chase Johnson was a solid fourth ahead of Cody Lamar, Peter Paulson, Jason McIntosh and David Lindt Jr. Klint Simpson ran a strong second for several laps before settling for a disappointing ninth ahead of heat race winner and reigning champion Bradley Terrell.
Terry Schank Jr. won the 20 lap PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. The three time Hunt Series champion battled his way past reigning Chico champion Angelique Bell and Jake Haulot to grab the victory. Schank won the race by a half straightaway ahead of Haulot. Heat race winner Bell settled for third ahead of Dennis Furia Jr., past champion Sparky Howard, rookie William Fatu, Ryon Siverling, Nick Larsen, Danny Potts and Keith Calvino. Shayna Sylvia won her heat race before motor problems ended her Main Event early.
Past champion Mitch Machado won another 25 lap Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stock Main Event. Machado battled Roger Miller during the first half of the race before pulling ahead of him. As Miller slipped back a few positions, two time champion Shawn McCoy charged into the second position and chased eventual winner Machado to the checkered flag. Reigning champion Matt While finished a solid third ahead of Manny Avilla, Miller, Dan Smith, Gary Adams, multi time champions Steve Studebaker and Jim Woodward and Terry DeCarlo. Adams and Machado won eight lap heat races.
Toby Brown won his first General Hydroponics Dwarf Car Main Event. The NDDCA competitor battled reigning champion Chad Matthias before scoring the well earned victory. Matthias was a strong second, and past Petaluma champion Travis Dutra beat two time Antioch champion and current NCDCA regular Danny Wagner across the line for third. Brandon Gentry finished fourth, followed by Adam Gentry, Scooter Gomes, John Peters, Carroll Mendenhall, Matt Hagerman and Mark Hanson. Wagner, point leader Dave Mosier and Dutra were eight lap heat race winners.
The California Hardtop Association rounded out the program with Jason Armstrong winning the heat race and 20 lap Main Event. Armstrong made a thrilling last lap pass on Ron Ruiz to win the heat race. Recent Roseville winner Joe Hopp led the Main Event early ahead of Dave Reed as Armstrong quickly moved from eighth starting to third. Reed made a front stretch pass on lap eight to take the lead from Hopp, but Armstrong passed both of them two laps later to take over. Armstrong pulled away to a sizeable lead by the checkered flag. Reed was a career best second as Hopp was a strong third. Dan Williams finished fourth as Tommy Thomson, Dan Whitney, Ron Ruiz, Ken Clifford, Dennis Armstrong and Steve Cloyes rounded out the Top 10. Motor problems in the heat race ended the night early for Rob Waldrop, and Mike McClure was also a Main Event scratch.
Sanders, Hogge, DeVolder Score Ocean Speedway Victories
Watsonville, CA...June 2...Justin Sanders scored the 30 lap Taco Bravo Sprint Car feature victory Friday night at Ocean Speedway. The 2015 champion capitalized on the misfortune of Cory Eliason for the thrilling victory. Two time reigning champion Brad Furr set the early pace ahead of Cole Macedo and Eliason. The first yellow flag slowdown of the race occurred on lap eight. Furr maintained the lead on the restart, but Eliason began to step up his challenge. On the 16th circuit, Eliason made his move past Furr for the lead with Sanders following closely into second. A lap 27 caution flag set up the exciting finish. Eliason continued to lead Sanders on the restart. Everything seemed fine until Eliason's motor let go moments after taking the white flag. Sanders found himself leading and scoring the exciting victory. Furr settled for second ahead of Mathew Moles, Jerry Bonnema, Geoff Ensign, Macedo, Jeremy Chisum, Dustin Golobic, Koen Shaw and Kurt Nelson. Eliason set the fast time of 11.630, to just beat the 11.644 lap of Furr. Eight lap heat race wins went to Collin Markle, Kyle Offill and Nelson. Macedo won the six lap Trophy Dash.
Reigning champion Bobby Hogge IV won the 25 lap IMCA Modified Main Event. Todd Hermoslllo paced a couple of laps before rookie Danny Wagner took over. Cody Burke and Hogge made their way from the back with Burke settling into second early. Hogge was up to fourth behind Kyle Wilson as the race hit the midway mark. Hogge made his move around K. Wilson, and the two charged to the front. Hogge made the pass on Wagner for another impressive victory. K. Wilson was a strong second, and Wagner settled for third ahead of Steve Streeter, Cody Burke, Tim Clark, Hermosillo, Alex Wilson, Austin Burke and Nick DeCarlo. Hermosillo and Hogge won eight lap heat races.
Shane DeVolder scored an impressive 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event victory. The current IMCA State point leader followed heat race winner Mark Hartman for three laps before making his move into the lead in the non stop race. DeVolder steadily pulled away from Hartman as two time winner Adriane Frost was running third. Matt Hagio gained fifth on lap nine. Andrew Peckham raced past Frost for third on lap 14, and Hagio took fourth from Frost on lap 18. Hagio put the moves on Peckham for third on lap 18. However, DeVolder was off in another time zone as he took the checkered flag a straightaway in front of Hartman's season best second place effort. Hagio settled for third ahead of Peckham, Frost, Tim Elias, Mark Odgers, Paul Espino, Billy Robertson and Charlie Hunter. Hagio won the other heat race.
Jerry Skelton was in the right place at the right time for the 20 lap Amercan Stock Main Event win. Past champion Wally Kennedy raced into the early lead. J.C. Elrod has been running strong this season, and he settled into second ahead of Skelton. The lead duo was having a close battle during the first ten laps. On a lap seven restart, Elrod made hs move and pulled even with Kennedy as they completed the lap. Elrod then moved ahead to lead lap nine. Contact between the two sent them both spinning off the back stretch as Elrod's race was over. There was no yellow flag with the two cars out of the way, and Skelton suddenly found himself in the lead. Skelton led the rest of the way to get the satisfying win ahead of Bobby Huckaby. Devon Sanders appeared to have had his best finish in third, followed by previous winner Tony Oliveira, Jake Silva, Terry Traub, John Farrell, Rob Gallaher, Kennedy and Samuel Mason. Unfortunately for Sanders, he was disqualified in post race tech, bumping everybody behind him up a position.
Nicole Beardsley won her first 15 lap Mini Stock Main Event of the season. Newcomer Brady Muller paced two laps before being passed by reigning champion D.J. Keldsen. N. Beardsley raced past Bill Beardsley for third on lap four and quickly took second from Muller a lap later. N. Beardsley charged past Keldsen for the lead on lap six, and Keldsen brought out a lap nine caution flag. N. Beardsley led Muller and B. Beardsley on the restart. B. Beardsley put the moves on Muller on the last lap to claim the second spot, but N. Beardsley was not going to let this victory slip away. Muller settled for third ahead of D.J. Keldsen, heat winner Dakota Keldsen and Kate Beardsley. The Keldsen brothers were both disqualified in post race tech, moving K. Beardsley into fourth.
Taco Bravo Sprint CarsFast Time-Cory Eliason 11.630. Heat 1-Collin Markle, Justin Sanders, Cory Eliason. Heat 2-Kyle Offill, Jerry Bonnema, Geoff Ensign. Heat 3-Kurt Nelson, Cole Macedo, Jason Chisum. Trophy Dash-Cole Macedo, Cory Eliason, Brad Furr. Main Event-Justin Sanders, Brad Furr, Mathew Moles, Jerry Bonnema, Geoff Ensign, Cole Macedo, Jeremy Chisum, Dustin Golobic, Koen Shaw, Kurt Nelson.
IMCA ModifiedsHeat 1-Todd Hermosillo, Kyle Wilson, Austin Burke. Heat 2-Bobby Hogge IV, Nick DeCarlo, Jim Pettit II. Main Event-Bobby Hogge IV, Kyle Wilson, Danny Wagner, Steve Streeter, Cody Burke, Tim Clark, Todd Hermosillo, Alex Wilson, Austin Burke, Nick DeCarlo.
IMCA Sport ModifiedsHeat 1-Mark Hartman, Adriane Frost, Mark Odgers. Heat 2-Matt Hagio, Shane DeVolder Tim Elias. Main Event-Shane DeVolder, Mark Hartman, Matt Hagio, Andrew Peckham, Adriane Frost, Tim Elias, Mark Odgers, Paul Espino, Billy Robertson, Charlie Hunter.
American StocksHeat 1-Wally Kennedy, J.C. Elrod, Jery Skelton. Heat 2-Katie Briggs, Terry Traub, Jake Silva. Main Event-Jerry Skelton, Bobby Huckaby, Devon Sanders, Tony Oliveira, Jake Silva, Terry Traub, John Farrell, Rob Gallaher, Wally Kennedy, Samuel Mason.
Mini StocksHeat-Dakota Keldsen, Bill Beardsley, Kate Beardsley. Main Event-Nicole Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, Brady Muller, Kate Beardsley, D.J. Keldsen (DQ), Dakota Keldsen (DQ).
Daly, Jernagen, Hill, Schwertzenberger Get It Done
At Kern County Speedway
Bakersfield, CA...June 2...Clay Daly put on an impressive driving display in winning the 30 lap Late Model Main Event Friday night at Kern County Speedway. Daly led Rob Sanders from the start. A lap 16 yellow flag for four time Antioch A Modified champion Troy Foulger wiped out a straightaway lead for Daly. This didn't matter as Daly built up the same advantage by the time the checkered flag waved. Sanders was a solid second. Nick Bartels appeared to have a good hold on third until problems struck on lap 20. This moved Tony Toste into the position. He had a good battle with Cody Laney and Jason Papich for third before the three finished in order to make up the remainder of the Top 5. Sanders was the fastest qualifier at 15.246 and won his heat race, while Daly won the other eight lap heat.
Garret Jernagen won the 25 lap B Modified feature. Jernagen's road to victory wasn't easy even though he led most of the way. A Modified ace Ethan Dotson was providing the pressure down the stretch. Recent Bakersfield Speedway winner Gary Dutton slipped past Dotson for second on a lap 17 restart, but Doston regained the spot a lap later. Despite pressure from Dotson, Jernagen kept his cool for the impressive victory. Michael Jonhson made his move around Dutton for third on lap 20 and finished there with Dutton settling for fourth ahead of Austin Keifer. Lee Jensen and Dotson were eight lap heat race winners.
Mike Hill Jr. won a thrilling duel with Porterville champion Raymond Noland in the 25 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Driving an IMCA Stock Car in a field of Hobby Stocks, Hill led Noland from the start, but a side by side battle developed during the mid race laps with Noland leading at the line on lap 19. However, Hill moved ahead a lap later and held off Noland's challenge for the well earned victory. Noland was a strong second as Kyle Wood, Gene Glover and Tyler Weeks rounded out the Top 5. Noland and Zach Johnson were eight lap heat race winners, but Johnson suffered a mechanical problem to end his night early.
Shawn Schwartzenberger earned the win in the 20 lap Mini Stock Main Event. Schwartzenberger won the SoCal Enduro a week earlier at Bakersfield Speedway. Kit Murphy led the early laps with Schwartzenberger second ahead of Dylan Potter. Schwartzenberger made his move past Murphy for the lead on lap five. Heat race winner Jason Cook led Potter past Murphy for second and third on lap 10, but Cook's race ended on lap 13. Schwartzenberger had a good lead over Potter, who was enjoying one of his best efforts. Schwartzenberger brought it home to victory, and Potter held off Andy Boydstun for second. Murphy and heat race winner David Wolford rounded out the Top 5.
Late ModelsFast Time-Rob Sanders 15.246. Heat 1-Rob Sanders, Jason Papich, Tony Toste. Heat 2-Clay Daly, Cody Laney, Nick Bartels. Main Event-Clay Daly, Rob Sanders, Tony Toste, Cody Laney, Jason Papich, Andy Obertello, Larry Wise, Nick Bartels, Larry Childress, Troy Foulger.
B ModifiedsHeat 1-Ethan Dotson, Gary Dutton, Austin Manzella. Heat 2-Lee Jensen, Garret Jernagen, Austin Keifer. Main Event-Garret Jernagen, Ethan Dotson, Michael Johnson, Gary Dutton, Austin Keifer, Lee Jensen, Corey Hemphill, Race Liberante, Crystal Hemphill, Wayne Coffman.
Hobby StocksHeat 1-Raymond Noland, Don Mead, Mike Hill Jr. Heat 2-Zach Johnson, Earl Eurto, Justin Gonzalez. Main Event-Mike Hill Jr., Raymond Noland, Kyle Wood, Gene Glover, Tyler Weeks, Michael Scruggs, Earl Eurto, Don Mead, Justin Gonzalez, Zach Johnson (DNS).
Mini StocksHeat 1-David Wolford, Dylan Potter, Ronald Mercer. Heat 2-Jason Cook, Kit Murphy, Shawn Schwartzenberger. Main Event-Shawn Schwartzenberger, Dylan Potter, Andy Boydstun, Kit Murphy, David Wolford, Jacob Doke, Braiden Roark, Ronald Mercer, Carter Cherry, Parker Cherry.
Kern County Raceway Park Race Results June 2, 2017
Mike Hill Jr.
Zach Johnson DNS
Kyle Eurto DNS
Brandon Stuart DNS
Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Race Results June 2, 2017
Taco Bravo Sprint Cars
Burt Foland Jr.
Bobby Hogge IV
Jim Pettit II
IMCA Sport Modifieds
Cody Brown DNS
Devon Sanders DQ
D.J. Keldsen DQ
Dakota Keldsen DQ
Petaluma Speedway Race results June 3, 2017
PitStopUSA.com Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Results are not official
1 #63 Geoff Ensign
2 #57 Dustin Golobic
3 #29r Riley Matson
4 #24 Chase Johnson
5 #9L Cody Lamar
6 #9x Peter Paulson
7 #9n Jason McIntosh
8 #52 David Lindt II
9 #101 Klint Simpson
10 #5v Bradley Terrell
11 #32 Norm Johns
12 #91ri Eli Deshaies
13 #9 Bret Barney
14 #7h Jake Haulot
PitStopUSA.com Wingless Spec Sprints
Results are not official
1 #1 Terry Schank Jr.
2 #11j Jake Haulot
3 #5b Angelique Bell
4 #57n Dennis Furia Jr.
5 #6 Sparky Howard
6 #42 Will Fatu
7 #77s Ryon Siverling
8 #24n Nick Larsen
9 #83 Danny Potts
10 #73x Keith Calvino
11 #98 Brian Grosenheider
12 #3f Joe Stornetta
13 #3 Bill Cornwell
14 #3r Bob Davis
15 #1c Jimmy Christian
Lumberjacks Restaurant Super Stocks
Results are not official
1 #22m Mitch Machado
2 #60 Shawn McCoy
3 #3 Matt While
4 #07 Manny Avila
5 #93 Roger Miller
6 #04 Dan Smith
7 #00 Gary Adams
8 #46 Steve Studebaker
9 #49 Woody Woodward
10 #17 Terry Decarlo
11 #06 Robert Sharp
12 #25 Erick Veeninga
General Hydroponics Dwarf Cars
Results are not official
1 #75n Toby Brown
2 #9xxx Chad Matthias
3 #22 Travis Dutra
4 #11d Danny Wagner
5 #12 Brandon Gentry
6 #66 Scooter Gomes
7 #71 John Peters
8 #15 Carroll Mendenhall
9 #0hr Matt Hagemann
10 #79 Mark Hanson
11 #10 Barry Waddell
12 #38d Ryan Klein
13 #27 Danny Marsh
14 #18 Devan Kammermann
15 #11 Trevor Mendenhall
16 #34 Brian Cook
17 #91 Zack Atcheson
18 #23 Dave Mosier
19 #22z Zack Albers
20 #88n Adam Freitas
Stockton 99 Speedway Race Results June 3, 2017
Teddy Haflich jr.
Ben Lewis II
Hunter Medina DNS
Basically 4 Cylinder
David Cong DNS