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Newberry, Motts, Gustafson Win At Antioch Speedway
Antioch, CA...August 5...Bob Newberry won the 20 lap All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. He now has two wins and a second in the last three races. Shannon Newton was looking like a serious threat for his first win as he paced the first eight laps of the race. Unfortunately, steering issues led to a crash at the end of the front straightaway, handing the lead to Newberry. Title contender Bryan Grier took second from heat race winner Robert Floyd on the restart. Newberry led the rest of the way to win ahead of Grier. Mechanical issues on lap 17 ended Floyd's Top 3 run as Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd and Rick Panfili rounded out the Top 5. Incoming point leader Alan Miranda's point effort took a hit when he pitted with mechanical issues prior to the start of the race.
Point leader Bobby Motts Jr. won the 20 lap A Modified Main Event, while point leader K.C Keller won the B Modified feature. The two divisions ran a combined race, which the track has done on rare occasions. In 2013, they ran Super Hobby Stocks and Limited Late Models together a few times, and there were a couple of occasions in which they ran the Sportsman class ran with the Stock Cars back in 1981. Motts took a big step towards his first A Modified championship as he won his first Main Event of the season, and Keller was a surprise second as the top B Modified finisher, which allowed him to add several points to his lead. Terry Kaiser was third in his A Modified, followed by the B Modified of Mark Garner and the A Modified of long time racer Mitch Enos.
Mike Gustafson won the 20 lap Limited Late Model feature. This was his his first win since the season opener. Gustafson was able to get the lead early, while point leader Kimo Oreta came from the back for a second place finish in the Sun Drop Racing #15 car. Mark Garner forced heat winner Jim Freethy to settle for his first non Top 3 finish of the season. After a few bad weeks with mechanical issues, rookie Buddy Kniss had his best finish in fifth.
Chris Sorensen won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. This was the fourth win of the year for the 2010 champion. Billy Garner led four laps ahead of Chris Bennett. When Garner slowed, Bennett paced a lap before pushing high. This opened the door for Sorensen and Chris Long to race into the first two positions. Melissa Myers made her way from tenth to third by lap 12, and she took second from Long on a lap 17 restart. However, Sorensen was not going to be denied the win. Chris and Robbee Sorensen were celebrating their 17th Wedding Anniversary. Myers was a strong second ahead of Long, Ken Rhoades and point leader Brent Curran.
Point leader Mike Corsaro won the 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event. This was his third win in the last five races as Corsaro continues to increase his point lead. He started back in the fifth row as teammate Charlie Correia led early before giving way to Travis Hensley. However, Corsaro proved to be too fast for Hensley as he made his move into the lead and scored the win. Hensley settled for second with rookie Devan Kammermann a career best third. David Michael Rosa and Jenna Frazier rounded out the Top 5.
Racing returns next week with a lineup of All Star Series Wingless Spec Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models, Limited Late Models, B Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. For further information, go to www.antiochspeedway.com.
Unofficial Race Results
Wingless Spec SprintsHeat Winners (6 Laps)-Robert Floyd, Shannon Newton. Main Event (20 Laps)-Bob Newberry, Bryan Grier, Roy Fisher, Brandon Burd, Rick Panfili, James East, Abigail Gonderman, Robert Floyd, Shannon Newton, Alan Miranda (DNS).
A ModifiedsHeat Winners (6 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr., Anthony Slaney. Main Event (20 Laps)-Bobby Motts Jr., Terry Kaiser, Mitch Enos, Gary Hetrick, Sean O'Gara, Bobby Montalvo, Justin Yaeger, Gregg McElhaney, Anthony Slaney, Eric Berendsen.
B ModifiedsHeat Winner (6 Laps)-K.C. Keller. Main Event (20 Laps)-K.C. Keller, Mark Garner, Todd Gomez, Chuck Golden, Megan Ponciano (DNS).
Limited Late ModelsHeat Winner (6 Laps)-Jim Freethy. Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Gustafson, Kimo Oreta, Mark Garner, Jim Freethy, Buddy Kniss, John Evans, Chad Hammer.
Hobby StocksHeat Winners (6 Laps)-Melissa Myers, Chris Long. Main Event (20 Laps)-Chris Sorensen, Melissa Myers, Chris Long, Ken Rhoades, Brent Curran, Gene Haney, Cameron Swank, Ed Hammer, Billy Garner, Dan McCown.
Dwarf CarsHeat Winners (6 Laps)-David Rosa, Brian Gray. Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Corsaro, Travis Hensley, Devan Kammermann, David Michael Rosa, Jenna Frazier, Mario Marquez, Brandon Anderson, Charlie Correia, Chris Becker, David Rosa.
Nelson, Foulger, Shelby Win Mike Cecil Memorial Races
Watsonville, CA...August 5...Over 120 race cars filled the pits for the 20th Annual Mike Cecil Memorial Saturday night at Ocean Speedway. Mike Cecil ran Street Stocks at the track for several seasons. He was the 1995 champion and won the annual 100 lap Main Event in 1995 and 1996. When he lost his battle with Cancer, track management named the 100 lap race after him, and the Mike Cecil Memorial Race began in 1998. The Hobby Stocks were given the 80 lap race, sponsored by 1 Hour Drain, and Bruce "Bubba" Nelson won. Troy Foulger won the All Star Series IMCA Modified race, and Phillip Shelby claimed the victory in the IMCA Sport Modified race. All three winners won $1,500 as www.mycars.com put up an additional $500 for each winner.
Bruce "Bubba" Nelson scored the biggest win of his career in the 80 lap Mike Cecil Memorial. The two time Merced Speedway Hobby Stock champion took the wheel of teammate Michael Shearer's #67j car and promptly stumbled out of the gate with a disappointing sixth place finish in his eight lap heat race. This meant Nelson had to run the B Main to earn his feature start. After cruising to victory in the 12 lap B Main, Nelson started back in 17th place in the big race. Past Watsonville champion Nick Silva was also flying around the Tom Sagmiller prepared quarter-mile clay and battled Nelson at the front of the pack down the stretch. Silva even had the fastest lap of 16.944. However, Nelson made his move into the lead and managed to hold off the persistent Silva, who settled for a close second. Bobby Huckaby was not far behind in third, and six time champion Sam Kennedy dug his car out of mothballs and finished fourth. Joe Gallaher was the only driver a lap down in fifth as 2015 Merced champion Kevin Joaquin, Chris McCabe, Katie Briggs, Kyle Reeder and three time champion Billy Nelson rounded out the Top 10.
The American Stock division was reportedly in danger heading into the season, but a season high 32 competitors supported the big race. J.C. Elrod won his eight lap heat race ahead of Tony Oliveira. Point leader Rob Gallaher won his heat in a good battle with Billy Nelson. Katie Briggs won the third heat ahead of Kevin Joaquin, and Wally Kennedy held off Merced star Garrett Corn to win the last heat. Bruce Nelson won the 12 lap B Main by a straightaway with Chris McCabe finishing second ahead of Joe Gallaher, Kyle Reeder and John Farrell.
Troy Foulger scored an impressive victory in the 30 lap All Star Series IMCA Modified Main Event. Foulger had struggled a bit in the early portion of the season, but he's been running strong with a series of recent victories aboard the Bill Bowers Modified. Foulger started back in ninth as reigning champion Bobby Hogge IV, Watsonville point leader Cody Burke and Merced racer Ryan Porter battled for the lead. Hogge managed to gain the lead, but he slipped back a few positions. Foulger soon found his way to the point as Hogge made a serious attempt to regain the lead. However, Foulger prevailed at the waving of the checkered flag. Hogge settled for second with Robby Sawyer a close third. Nick DeCarlo and Merced point leader Randy Brown finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Porter settled for sixth and ahead of Burke, Tim Balding, All Star Series point leader Ryan McDanield and Joe Antonetti.
A season high 54 IMCA Modifieds flooded the pits, and Randy Brown kicked things off by winning the first eight lap heat, just ahead of Troy Foulger. Bobby Hogge IV prevailed in the second heat ahead of Ryan Porter. Cody Burke outdueled Joe Antonetti in a good battle in the third heat. Tim Balding won a photo finish victory over Alex Wilson in the fourth heat race. Duane Cleveland won the fifth heat by a wide margin ahead of Jeff Faulkner, and Andy Obertello won the sixth head ahead of Mike White. The format called for two 12 lap B Mains to fill the remainder of the field. DeCarlo won the first one in a close race with Susanville's Riley Simmons. Trent Wentworth held off Austin Burke and Carl Berendsen II to finish third. Before earning his third place feature finish, Robby Sawyer won the second B Main by nearly a straightaway ahead of Derek Nance, Randy McDaiel, Kyle Wilson and Ryan McDaniel.
Phillip Shelby scored one of the biggest wins of his career in the 30 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. Shelby leads the point standings at Chico and Marysville this season and is a three time Stock Car champion at Marysville. He had a front row start in the race, but his two closest contenders down the stretch started deep in the pack. Merced point leader Fred Ryland started back in 11th and worked his way into second. However, Shelby would hold off Ryland for the big win. Reigning Chico champion Todd Cooper finished second in his B Main to earn the 16th starting spot in the feature. He steadily worked his way through the pack and outran reigning Merced champion Rick Diaz for a third place feature finish. Mark Hartman helped his championship hopes with a fifth place finish ahead of Anthony Giuliani, Chase Thomas, Justin McPherson, Tanner Thomas and reigning Antioch champion Trevor Clymens.
There were 39 IMCA Sport Modifieds in action, and they ran six eight lap heat races. Dylan Cooper won the first heat ahead of Merced racer Gary Tucker. Mike Kofnovec held off T.J. Etchison to win the second heat. Phillip Shelby grabbed the third heat race win ahead of State point leader Shane DeVolder. Fred Ryland beat Mark Hartman by a wide margin to win the fourth heat. Andrew Peckham won a close battle with West Coast Sport Mod Tour champion Nick Spainhoward in the fifth heat, and Rick Diaz prevailed in the sixth heat ahead of Justin McPherson. Six time IMCA Modified champion Kenny Nott jumped into the #96m car of Clay Daly and Jim DiGiovanni and won the first 12 lap B Main ahead of Tanner Thomas. Geoff Ensign wheeled the Marty Burdine car to a third place finish, followed by Anthony Giuliani and Chuck Weir. Reigning Antioch Hobby Stock champion Guy Ahlwardt held off Todd Cooper to win the second B Main as point leader Matt Hagio, Chase Thomas and Trevor Clymens rounded out the Top 5.
Hirst, Rodgers, Longacre Win At Silver Dollar Speedway
Chico, CA...August 4...Kyle Hirst returned to Silver Dollar Speedway Friday night and won the 30 lap Winged 410 Sprint Car Main Event. Hirst is the reigning King Of The West Series champion and the current Sprint Car Challenge Tour point leader. Hirst started his night by winning an eight lap heat race ahead of Sean Watts. Bud Kaeding held off D.J. Netto to win their heat race. Reigning Chico champion Sean Becker clocked in with the fast time of 11.802 on the quarter clay mile oval, just beating Netto's 11.813 lap. Hirst battled Becker for his Main Event victory. Another good battle for third found Kaeding holding off Chico point leader Andy Forsberg and Netto to earn the position. Mitchell Faccinto finished sixth, followed by Michael Ing, Kofoid, Kalib Henry and Watts.
Tyler Rodgers won the 20 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event. It was the first win of the season for Rodgers and it came with IMCA State point leader Shane DeVolder a close second. Point leader Phillip Shelby won his eight lap heat race with past Placerville Pure Stock champion Scott Grunert driving the Marty Burdine car to a second place finish. Shelby was a solid third in the Main Event, followed by Grunert. Mark Abouzeid won a close battle with Rodgers to win their heat race. Abouzeid would finish fifth in the Main Event as Mike Helwig, Zach Potts, Jake Van Tol and Jeff Fear rounded out the finishing order.
Richard Longacre made a surprise visit and won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. Longacre is a multi time Susanville Strictly Stock champion. Championship contender Shannon Collins gave it a good effort, but he couldn't quite make a move on Longacre. He still finished second, just ahead of previous winner Nick Vidovich. James West was a solid fourth ahead of Mike Chase, Callen Myers and Rick Higby. Orland point leader Jeremy Langenderfer was penalized for a pair of jump starts and ultimately retired on lap 10 to end up eighth. Collin Ferguson tangled with Myers in Turn 2 on a lap three restart and was out of the race as incoming point leader Kyle Allen ended a disappointing night in last. Vidovich and Lagenderfer won their eight lap heat races.
Steve Hammett won the 20 lap Street Stock Main Event. Hammett had a perfect night as he also won the eight lap heat race. Point leader Phil Marino spun for a lap ten caution flag, but he came back and lost a photo finish to Hammett at the checkered flag. Long time Stock Car competitor and championship contender Gary Newman battled Richard Workman to grab a third place finish. Brett Lawrence and Mike Slingtom completed the finishing order.
Schmitke Memorial Race For A Cure Comes To
Orland, CA...Orland Raceway will be hosting a special event this Saturday night. It's the second Annual Thomas Schmitke Memorial Race For A Cure event. Thomas was a beloved member of the community who lost his battle with Cancer at 23 years old in 2010. His family started having Schmitke Memorial events as a way to raise funds for his daughter Lexi, who was two years old at the time he died. They have also raised money for the community. Money raised this year will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital. There will be a full racing program on the one-fifth mile dirt oval. Pure Stocks, Mini Trucks, Mini Stocks, Micro Sprints and California Hardtops will all be competing.
The last time out, Shannon Collins snapped Pure Stock point leader Jeremy Langenderfer's winning streak. Collins has been enjoying a great racing season so far as he ranks second at both Orland and Chico. Collins is keeping a busy schedule that has him competing just about every weekend this season. He hopes to race at Chico on Friday and Orland on Saturday if all goes well. Collins has won at both tracks this year, but Langenderfer has been difficult to beat at Orland. Collins beat Earl Adams and Amanda Koop in the most recent Orland race, and he'll be out to repeat that this week. Reigning champion Steve Martin won on Schmitke Memorial Night last year, and he will be out to do it again this year.
Keith Ross is proving to be nearly impossible to beat as he continues to lead the Mini Truck standings. Ross won the most recent race, but reigning champion Dan Webster finished second. Webster remains in contention for the championship, but he needs to get back in the winner's circle. Hard chargers like Olin Crane, William Fogle and Zach Baker will be gunning for their first wins of the year.
Point leader Tom Davis won the most recent Mini Stock Main Event and is approaching ten wins between Orland and Susanville this season. Sean Perry remains a close second in the standings. Last time, Perry spun late in the race, but he came back to win a photo finish with reigning champion John Kirkpatrick for second. Kirkpatrick has a solid hold on third in the standings, but he's hoping to get his first win this week. Donovan Chilton is now a two time winner, but he was out of the most recent race early along with the Ford Pinto of Jason Libbee. After a late start, Libbee is battling Barbara Crane for fourth in points.
Jackie Whitson Jr. continues to dominate the 250 Micro Sprints. The division went back to running wings on their cars last time, and Whitson set a blistering pace in winning once again. Nobody has beat him yet, and Scott Holloway seems to be the best hope of accomplishing that goal. The long time open wheel racer now has four second place finishes in his four starts, but all seven wins belong to Whitson. Holloway may be leading the charge, but past champion Jess Garland, James Barnes and Ronnie Heyer are other drivers to keep an eye on this week.
Back in the 1950's and 1960's, the Hardtops were a popular form of racing in California and all around the country. This Saturday night, the California Hardtop Association pays Orland a special visit with their old style Coupe and Sedan race cars. Leading the charge will be Jason Armstrong, who has wins in Petaluma and his home track of Placerville this year. Armstrong won a Pure Stock Main Event in Orland last season. His father, Dennis Armstrong, is anticipated this week along with the father-son duo of Ken and Jason Clifford, Ron Ruiz and Dan Whitney.
The Thomas Schmitke Memorial will raise money for a good cause, while giving the fans an exciting racing program. Gates open at 5:00 PM with the first race at 7:00 PM. General Admission is $8.00 with Seniors and Juniors (7-12) $5.00 and children 6 and under free. For further information, look up Orland Raceway on Facebook of go to www.orlandraceway.org.
Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Race Results August 5, 2017
Mike Cecil Memorial
A Feature 1 (80 Laps)
Bobby Huckaby Sr.
B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
IMCA All Star Modified Series
A Feature 1 (30 Laps)
Bobby Hogge IV
Carl Berendsen II
B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Carl Berendsen II
Raymond Keldsen Jr.
Darrell Hughes II
Jim Pettit II
B Feature 2 (12 Laps)
Jeff Decker DNS
IMCA Sport Modifieds
A Feature 1 (30 Laps)
Mike Kofnovec Sr
B Feature 1 (12 Laps)
Mike Kofnovec Jr.
B Feature 2 (12 Laps)
Bud Aiassa DNS
Ventura Raceway Race Results August 2, 2017
VRA Dwarf Cars
Tom Stephens Jr.
Tommy Velasquez III
Tom Stephens Jr
D. J. Lebow
Jess Love IV
CA Lightning Sprints
James Turnbull II
Dominic Del Monte
Madera Speedway Race Results August 5, 2017
Children's Hospital Kids Night by JBT
Madera Late Models
Henk Gaalswyk Jr
JR Late Models
Manny Gonzales, Jr
Jason Lawton DQ
Dean Gould DQ
John McCullum Jr
Santa Maria Raceway Race Results August 5, 2017
Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Gary Nelson Jr.
Chris Crompe Jr.
Troy Morris Jr.
IMCA Sport Modifieds
Tom Stephens Jr.
Sr Mini Dwarfs
Stockton 99 Speedway Race Results August 5, 2017
BCRA Midgets Tom Manning Memorial
Davey Hamilton jr.
Ben Lewis II
Roy Luft DQ
Basic 4 Cylinder