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Cottle, Denney, Losh, Bishop and Allen Win Features During ‘Jack and Jiggs Classic’ Friday at Gas City I-69 Speedway
Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. became the sixth different winner in as many non-wing sprint car races held so far this year at Gas City I-69 Speedway when he held off Max Adams of Loomis, Calif. for the 25-lap feature victory Friday night. It was the headliner of a five-division show called the “Jack and Jiggs Classic,” named in honor of track owner Jack Himelick and former promoter Jiggs Thomason, who were both in attendance.
Jacob Denney of Galloway, Ohio won the 20-lap USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 midget feature. Derek Losh of Rensselaer, Ind., recorded his fourth modified feature victory of the season at the Grant County quarter-mile dirt track over the only other driver to have won in that division so far this year, Zeke McKenzie of Claypool, Ind.
Andy Bishop of Gas City led all 15 laps of the street stock feature to earn his third consecutive victory in that division. Gage Allen of Warren, Ind., thwarted the stranglehold the Headley family has had in the hornet division by getting his first victory of the season in that 15-lap main event to close the evening’s activities a few minutes before midnight.
Polesitter Cole Ketcham of Muncie, Ind. led the first two laps of the sprint car feature before a red flag flew after Max Guilford took a hard flip on the frontstretch. Luckily the driver from Auckland, New Zealand climbed out of his car under his own power.
Adams, driving the famous Paul Hazen No. 57, took the lead from Ketcham on the frontstretch on lap three and led through lap 15, using the high line while Cottle concentrated on the low one. Adams seemed to be faster in Turns 1 and 2 while Cottle appeared to have the upper hand in Turns 3 and 4.
Following a yellow for a spin by Tyler Kendall of Greenfield, Ind. in Turn 2 on lap 15, Cottle passed Adams for the lead on lap 16 by dipping under him in Turns 3 and 4. He led the rest of the way. Driving Jamie and Michelle Paul’s DRC with a Foxco-prepped engine, Cottle took the checkered flag 0.446 seconds before Adams did. The winning car is sponsored by High Asspirations Farm, Rumpke and the Olde Schoolhouse Winery.
C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. stayed close in third place waiting to capitalize on a mistake by the two drivers ahead of him, but that never occurred and the reigning USAC AMSOIL sprint car champion placed third. Travis Hery of Piqua, Ohio finished fourth and Brayden Clark of Tipton, Ind. rounded out the top five. Oklahoma native Jason McDougal was the hard charger, coming from 20th and last to place sixth. His hustling earned him an extra $100 from A.J. and Matt Brookmyer in addition to the sixth-place prize money. The Brookmyers also awarded a Hoosier right-rear tire to the first sprint car non-qualifier, which was Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind., who finished right behind McDougal in the B main.
Adam Taylor of DeMotte, Ind. started second in the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 midget feature and led the first 12 laps before Chet Gehrke of Bardtown, Ky. dipped under him in Turn 2 for the lead and brought Denney along with him to assume second. Denney, who is 15 years old, passed Gehrke with two laps to go and then beat him to the checkered by just 0.123 seconds. Taylor held on for third followed by Stratton Briggs of Anna, Ohio and Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio. The winning D2 midget is a Triple X chassis owned by Chuck Taylor of Troy, Ohio, powered by a Chevy Ecotech engine, and sponsored by Erwin.
The D2 midgets will also be in action at Gas City on Sept. 11 and Oct. 2.
The modified feature got off to a rough start when popular Dillon Nusbaum of Warsaw, Ind., the track’s 2018 modified champion, flipped in Turn 2 with one lap down. Luckily he got out of his car under his own power.
Polesitter Ryan Sutter of Coldwater, Ohio led the first lap but McKenzie got the lead in Turn 3 on lap two and led through lap eight. Losh slipped under McKenzie in Turn 4 to assume command for the first time on lap nine. McKenzie was having nothing of that, however, and he powered under Losh in Turn 2 on lap 11 to regain the lead. McKenzie stuck to the low line and Losh took the high side as they battled tooth and nail before Losh got the lead for good with a move to the outside of McKenzie as they were going through Turn 2 with five laps to go.
Losh’s XR1 Rocket by Ruhlman, which has a Mullins Race Engines powerplant, was 0.974 seconds ahead of McKenzie’s Vanquish powered by a Hogue engine at the checkered. Aaron Orr of Columbia City, Ind. finished third followed by Sutter and the division’s defending track champion, Scott Orr of Columbia City, Ind. The winning modified is sponsored by Superior Sales and Service, Aggressive, R & R Transmission, Rensselaer Iron and Metal and Talbert Manufacturing.
Bishop led all 15 laps of a caution-plagued street stock feature with his No. 14 sponsored by Thompson Trucking and R & R Transmission. Bill Bradley of Marion, Ind., the only other driver to win a street stock feature at Gas City so far this year other than Bishop, finished second. Mark Wooten was third; Adam Lantz finished fourth and Andrew Short of North Judson, Ind. placed fifth.
James Headley Jr. of Wabash, Ind. led the first 12 laps of the hornet feature with his father, James Headley of Marion, Ind., glued to his car’s back bumper. Headley Jr.’s car appeared to lose power on the backstretch working lap 13 and it looked like he was headed to the pits, and in the confusion Allen passed them both, led the next two laps, and came up the surprise winner. Headley finished second, 0.784 seconds behind. Kolton Sollars of LaFontaine, Ind. finished third. Bill Lewis of Fountain City, Ind. placed fourth and Headley Jr. rebounded to finish fifth.
Allen, who turned 20 on July 24, drives a Chevy Cavalier built the same year he was born. The family effort is sponsored by DPF Solutions of Marion, Ind. and the Armes-Hunt Funeral Home of Fairmount, Ind.
The track’s “Night of Destruction” slated for Saturday, Aug. 15 has been postponed until next year, but a program has been added for next Friday, Aug. 14. Called the “Mid-Summer Showdown,” it will feature non-wing sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks, hornets and a special school bus race.
Teams trying to find that extra bit of speed will have the opportunity to participate in a “test and tune” session on Wednesday, Aug. 19 before the Dale Korporal’s Candy Man Classic on Friday night, Aug. 21. Non-wing sprint car drivers will compete in twin 20-lap features for a total purse of $20,000 that night. Modifieds, street stocks and hornets will share the billing.
The complete schedule for 2020 is on the track’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com. Fans and competitors can also follow it on Twitter: @GasCitySpeedway; Instagram: @GasCitySpeedway and Facebook: GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas.
Gas City I-69 Speedway is located on State Road 22, approximately a half-mile west of I-69, exit 259.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 1 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Aaron Leffel, 2. Brayden Clark, 3. J.J. Hughes, 4. Cody White, 5. Anthony D’Alessio, 6. Adam Wilfong, 7. Ryan Barr, 8. Jason McDougal.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 2 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Cole Ketcham, 2. Travis Hery, 3. Tyler Kendall, 4. Korbyn Hayslette, 5. Dustin Ingle, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Aaron Davis.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 3 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Evan Mosley, 3. Brian Vaughn, 4. Jamie Fredrickson, 5. Cooper Welch, 6. Parker Fredrickson, 7. Braydon Cromwell.
Non-Wing Sprint Heat 4 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Max Adams, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Max Guilford, 4. Billy Cribbs, 5. Adam Byrkett, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Paul Dues.
Non-Wing Sprint B-Main (10 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Adam Byrkett, 2. Anthony D’Alessio, 3. Dustin Ingle, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Paul Dues, 7. Zack Pretorius, 8. Cooper Welch, 9. Parker Fredrickson, 10. Braydon Cromwell, 11. Adam Wilfong, 12. Aaron Davis, 13. Ryan Barr (DNS).
Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Shane Cottle (7), 2. Max Adams (2), 3. C.J. Leary (3), 4. Travis Hery (5), 5. Brayden Clark (6), 6. Jason McDougal (20), 7. Anthony D’Alessio (18), 8. J.J. Hughes (9), 9. Cole Ketcham (1), 10. Adam Byrkett (17), 11. Tyler Kendall (10), 12. Aaron Leffel (4), 13. Billy Cribbs (16), 14. Cody White (13), 15. Dustin Ingle (19), 16. Jamie Fredrickson (15), 17. Brian Vaughn (11), 18. Korbyn Hayslett (14), 19. Evan Mosley (8), 20. Max Guilford (12).
Margin of Victory: 0.446 seconds
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-2, Ketcham; laps 3-15, Adams; laps 16-15, Cottle.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 1 (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Abby Hohlbein, 3. Ian Creager, 4. Bryce Massingill, 5. Bryce Dues, 6. Mark Nieft Jr., 7. Eddie Mehl, 8. Zane Briggs, 9. Ryan Thomas.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 2 (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Alex Watson, 2. Corey Guingrich, 3. Zack Gingerich, 4. Nick Bowers, 5. Jon Steed, 6. Tommy Kouns, 7. Justin Collet, 8. Travis Stickles, 9. Jim Jones.
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Heat 3 (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Chet Gehrke, 2. Stratton Briggs, 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Gunnar Lucius, 5. Adam Schmenk, 6. Nathan Foster, 7. Kyle Kriegbaum, 8. Kyle Dager, 9. Cody Downard (DNS).
USAC SpeeD2 Midget B-Main (8 laps, 5 transferred): 1. Tommy Kouns, 2. Zane Briggs, 3. Mark Nieft Jr., 4. Eddie Mehl, 5. Nathan Foster, 6. Ryan Thomas, 7. Kyle Kriegbaum, 8. Cody Downard, 9. Kyle Dager, 10. Justin Collet, 11. Travis Stickles (DNS), 12. Jim Jones (DNS).
USAC SpeeD2 Midget Feature (20 laps, with starting position in parenthesis): 1. Jacob Denney (9), 2. Chet Gehrke (3), 3. Adam Taylor (2), 4. Stratton Briggs (4), 5. Alex Watson (1), 6. Gunnar Lucius (12), 7. Bryce Massingill (10), 8. Nick Bowers (11), 9. Ian Creager (7), 10. Adam Schmenk (15), 11. Jon Steed (14), 12. Zach Guingrich (8), 13. Zane Briggs (17), 14. Abby Hohlbein (5), 15. Cory Guingrich (6), 16. Nathan Foster (20), 17. Bryce Dues (13), 18. Eddie Mehl (19), 19. Mark Nieft Jr. (18), 20. Tommy Kouns (16).
Margin of Victory: 0.123 seconds
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Taylor; laps 13-18, Gehrke, laps 19-20, Denney.
Modified Heat 1 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Tony Anderson, 2. Aaron Orr, 3. Josh Betts, 4. Clayton Bryant, 5. Jesse Strange, 6. Josh Hotsinpiller, 7. James Watters, 8. Bill Griffith.
Modified Heat 2 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Zeke McKenzie, 2. Dillon Nusbaum, 3. Derek Losh, 4. Cole Sink, 5. Jason Jones, 6. Nick Richards, 7. Chris Hicks.
Modified Heat 3 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Ryan Sutter, 2. Terry Grilliot, 3. Jim Mallery, 4. Andy Bishop, 5. Tom Jacobs, 6. Jessica Sroufe, 7. Drew Charlson.
Modified Heat 4 (8 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Scott Orr, 2. Dylan Woodling, 3. Bub Roberts, 4. Todd Sherman, 5. Percy Gendreau, 6. Adam Lantz, 7. Josh Moore.
Modified B-Main 1 (10 laps, 4 transferred): 1. Jesse Strange, 2. Bill Griffith, 3. Adam Lantz, 4. Nick Richards, 5. Chris Hicks, 6. Tom Jacobs, 7. Jason Jones, 8. Drew Charlson, 9. Percy Gendreau, 10. Josh Hotsinpiller, 11. Jessica Sroufe, 12. Josh Moore, 13. James Watters (DNS).
Modified Feature (20 laps, with starting position in parentheses): 1. Derek Losh (10), 2. Zeke McKenzie (2), 3. Aaron Orr (7), 4. Ryan Sutter (1), 5. Scott Orr (3), 6. Dylan Woodling (8), 7. Todd Sherman (16), 8. Andy Bishop (15), 9. Terry Griliott (5), 10. Jim Mallery (11), 11. Clayton Bryant (13), 12. Cole Sink (14), 13. Jesse Strange (17), 14. Tony Anderson (4), 15. Chris Hicks (20), 16. Josh Betts (9), 17. Bill Griffith (18), 18. Bub Roberts (12), 19. Adam Lantz (19), 20. Dillon Nusbaum (6).
Margin of Victory: 0.974 seconds.
Lap Leaders: Lap 1, Sutter; laps 2-8, McKenzie; laps 9-10, Losh; laps 11-14, McKenzie; laps 15-20, Losh.
Street Stock Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. Andy Bishop, 2. Gerald Mullenix, 3. David Norman, 4. Eric Sandlin, 5. Larry Persinger, 6. Josh McCord, 7. Jeffery Jessup, 8. Bill Bradley.
Street Stock Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. Adam Lantz, 2. Mike Fincher, 3. Andrew Short, 4. Luke Timmerman, 5. Mark Wooten, 6. Reece Harkinson, 7. Trenton Vogts, 8. Kenny Brady.
Street Stock Feature (15 laps): 1. Andy Bishop (1), 2. Bill Bradley (15), 3. Mark Wooten (10), 4. Adam Lantz (2), 5. Andrew Short (6), 6. Gerald Mullenix (3), 7. David Norman (5), 8. Eric Sandlin (7), 9. Luke Timmerman (8), 10. Josh McCord (11), 11. Jeffery Jessup (13), 12. Trenton Vogts (14), 13. Larry Persinger (9), 14. Reece Harkinson (12), 15. Mike Fincher (DNS), 16. Kenny Brady (DNS).
Margin of Victory: 2.412 seconds
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-15, Bishop.
Hornet Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. James Headley Jr., 2. Bill Lewis, 3. Greg Marlow, 4. Charles Teegarden, 5. Mark Casto, 6. Jesse Arenas, 7. Alexes Spaulding, 8. Brady Hines.
Hornet Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. James Headley, 2. Gage Allen, 3. Kolton Sollars, 4. Eddie Tucker Jr., 5. Brandon Lines, 6. Seth Trissel, 7. Joey Eastes, 8. Sam Landis.
Hornet Feature (15 laps, with starting position in parentheses):
- Gage Allen (4), 2. James Headley (2), 3. Kolton Sollars (6), 4. Bill Lewis (3), 5. James Headley Jr. (1), 6. Eddie Tucker Jr. (9), 7. Greg Marlow (5), 8. Charles Teegarden (7), 9. Tyler Ray (8), 10. Mark Casto (10), 11. Joey Eastes (15), 12. Alexes Spaulding (14), 13. Brandon Lines (11), 14. Jesse Arenas (12),
- Seth Trissel (DNS), 16. Brady Hines (DNS), 17. Sam Landis (DNS).
Margin of Victory 0.784 seconds
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Headley Jr.; 13-15, Allen.
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Kres VanDyke didn’t need a whole race car to pull off his latest driving masterpiece.
Despite having the left front fender ripped off his No. 15 Chevrolet early in the evening, the Abingdon, Va., driver swept twin Late Model Stock features at Kingsport Speedway on Friday night. They were his sixth and seventh consecutive victories on the 3/8-mile concrete oval.
VanDyke qualified seventh for the first 35-lap feature and was one of seven drivers involved in an accident on lap 5. Those proved to be minor setbacks as he passed pole sitter Dillon Hodge for the lead on lap 16 and led the rest of the way.
Still, VanDyke was surprised when he finally saw what his race car looked like afterwards.
“I knew it was pretty rough, but thank goodness we didn’t get any tires knocked out of shape,” VanDyke said. “All the alignment stayed good and the car drove good. I thought we were done when I saw the undercarriage of Nik Williams’ car on that first wreck.”
While Williams went over VanDyke’s hood, the race saw an even scarier crash on lap 15 when Derrick Lancaster’s No. 25 Chevy catapulted over another car and straight into the turn 4 wall.
Lancaster, who already had the side of his car torn off in the first wreck, saw the front of his car burst into flames. Lancaster was shaken up in the wreck and taken to Holston Valley Hospital for overnight observation. He underwent X-rays, which showed no broken bones.
Chase Dixon passed Hodge for second place in a battle of teenager racers. Dixon, a 16-year-old from Abingdon, also finished runner-up in the second 35-lap feature.
“It was a little crazy out there,” said Dixon, driver of the No. 07 Chevrolet. “You would have thought they would have raced conservatively for the first twin. That’s alright, we came back to finish second twice. I wouldn’t want to finish second to anyone other than VanDyke although I really wanted to beat him.”
Hodge, a 17-year-old who attends Sullivan South High School, was making his first start in over a year. Debuting a white No. 51 Chevy, he won the pole with a lap of 83.814 seconds. He tried his best to hold off VanDyke, who charged from an eighth-place start, but to no avail.
“It’s been a year and a half since I’ve been in the car,” Hodge said. “I thought I had something for them the first 20 laps of the first race, but got tangled up and got hot. I just couldn’t get in a rhythm. I was preparing for it physically and mentally, but it was tough out there.”
Keith Helton, the defending Pure 4 track champion, led the first 17 laps of the second Late Model feature before Dixon passed him for the lead. VanDyke soon got around Helton for second and on lap 29, he made the pass on Dixon for his eighth win of the season.
Helton hung on for a third-place finish in a car which also had significant damage.
“We made an adjustment for the right side being gone off the car,” Helton said. “We had a little drive off four, but I buzzed the tires and Chase got under me. It’s a learning curve going from a 4-cylinder, front wheel drive to these. Give us time and we will have success in these cars like we did in the 4-cylinders.”
Kenny Absher passed early leader Bucky Smith for the lead on lap 15 and then held off teammate Billy Byington the remainder of the way in the Pure 4 feature.
Absher was “absher-lutely” pleased with how his black No. 11 Toyota pulled away from Byington and the rest of the 22-car field on the final restart.
“I think Billy has a little more power than me, but that last restart got him. He wasn’t ready at all,” Absher said. “It was a great race and we had fun.”
Byington took the runner-up spot over Craig Phelps, followed by Smith as all top-four finishers were from Kingsport.
Kyle Barnes won his fifth Sportsman feature in a row, grabbing the lead from Derek Lane on the fourth lap and leading the rest of the way in his No. 00 Chevrolet.
It was the Draper, Va., driver's sixth overall win of the season.
Lane, who passed pole sitter Alex Miller for the lead on the opening lap, finished second. Rusty Clendenin, who set the fast time in qualifying before the top five were inverted, finished third.
Make it 17 straight wins for Kevin Canter dating back to July 2019.
The driver of the No. 3 Ford started fourth in the Mod 4 feature, but grabbed the lead by the end of the second lap.
There was no stopping the Abingdon, Va., racer who is now 8-for-8 on the season. Dennis Arnold recovered from an early spin to finish second and Josh Gobble wound up third.
Tony Dockery continued to be the driver to beat in Pure Street, passing Jay Swecker for the lead on lap 10 and leading the rest of the 25-lap feature in his orange No. 05 Camaro.
Dockery has won seven of nine races this season. Rob Austin, the winner of the other two, passed Swecker to finish second.
"Road America is a historic facility and I can't wait to make my first couple laps around there,' Jesse said. I've spent the time on the sim and studied film enough to be comfortable going there for my first time with no practice. We will start 14th which is great for Track position and I hope that'll allow us to run our race and be in a smart position till the end. I'm excited for the new pit Road procedures as that will add another level of strategy to the day and could give a small team like us a shot upfront. As always I'm very grateful for the continued help and support from all of my partners and sponsors this year and look forward to finishing out the last third of the season strong"
2015 Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo champion Justin Sanders of Aromas, Calif. lifted the series to its sixth different winner in as many races by taking Friday night’s victory. The win led a six division program at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
“It’s about time. We haven’t been here for very many races (this year). Hopefully with the Johnny Key coming up we can start clicking them off,” Sanders said. “We actually did a lot of changes to the car. It’s pretty solid. I could cut the bottom really good in three and four. The hardest thing about the whole thing is qualifying. It’s really tight. If you miss it by a little tiny bit then you’re like me where I had to start ninth.”
Concord’s Joey Ancona started on the pole after winning the dash, leading the 23-car field to the start. Ancona had a wheel stand coming to the green flag, which gave the opportunity to outside pole sitter DJ Netto. The 2019 King of the West champion and winner of the Friday portion of the Howard Kaeding Classic took the lead exiting turn two. Third starting Chase Majdic stopped on the front stretch for the first caution on lap two. He did not return to the event.
2019 USAC West Coast 360 champion Tristan Guardino of Fremont battled with Redding’s Max Mittry for third on the restart. Following the next caution, Guardino and Mittry faced pressure from Sanders and points leader Bud Kaeding. The formation ran two-by-two with an outside maneuver by Sanders nullified by an additional caution. Sanders used a three-wide move to take fifth on the restart, then nabbed fourth as the leaders encountered lapped traffic on lap 12.
Sanders used a caution on that lap to advance. He moved outside to charge into to second, passing Guardino on lap 17. Ancona drifted back to sixth by that point of the feature as well. Joel Myers, Jr. slid across turn four on lap 20 into the path of both Kaeding and Ancona. The collision sent both Kaeding and Myers onto their sides and ended the evening for all three cars.
When racing resumed, Netto fended off several challenges from Sanders. The pair darted through lapped traffic, with Sanders finding a line down low to move into the lead exiting turn four on lap 27. Sanders led the final three laps for victory ahead of Netto, 14th starting Sean Becker of Roseville, Guardino, and season-opening winner Blake Carrick.
Western Midget Racing enjoyed a first-time winner at his home race track, with Watsonville’s Tyler Slay winning the 20-lap main event. After a spin by pole sitting Sean Quinn of Clovis, the restart pitted 17-year-old Eric Greco against three-time BCRA champion Nick Foster, Jr. of San Jose. Greco gabbed the lead before fifth starting Slay advanced to the top spot on lap three.
Seventh starting Tyler Dolacki and ninth starting David Prickett, with three consecutive wins this season, advanced through the field with several daring slide jobs. Prickett was up to second by the fourth lap with Dolacki third by lap eight. Prickett attacked Slay on multiple occasions including into turn four near the halfway point and again making contact in turn two on lap 13.
Slay held Prickett at bay on each attempt. Prickett attempted to go around the outside of Slay on the final lap but fell short. Tyler Slay won his first career WMR feature ahead of nine-time series winner David Prickett and Dolacki. 2019 Ventura WMR champion Randi Pankratz and heat race winner Shayna Ensign rounded out the top-five.
2018 Ocean Speedway IMCA Sport Mod champion Jim DiGiovanni became the fifth different 2020 winner by taking the feature win. Max Baggett of Prunedale led the first six laps before he slowed on a restart to fall through the pack. He eventually DNF’d after a pair of incidents. Incoming points leader Gavin Espino was involved in a crash on the backstretch that eventually ended his night as well.
Seventh starting DiGiovanni assumed the lead on lap seven. San Jose’s Randy Miller ran closely behind for the entire main event. Cautions on lap 18 and 19 threatened to unhinge the race leader, but DiGiovanni persevered for the win. Justin McPherson snookered Miller for second on the final restart, ahead of Adrianne Frost and Kelly Campanile.
Shawn Jones won his third consecutive South Dwarf Car main event over a 20-car field. Jones went to work from the seventh position while third starting Nick Velasquez of Camarillo led the opening lap. Jones motored into second place by just the second lap. Following a caution on lap three, Jones worked his way past Velasquez to lead lap five.
Eighth starting Ryan Winter used a lap six caution to advance to second place. Following a caution on lap eight, Winter, Spanky Grenert and El Cajon’s Darren Brown had a three-wide battle with Brown attempting to go up the middle for second. A caution on lap 12 nullified the move.
Jones paced Winter over the final eight laps for the win. Grenert, Tommy Velasquez, and Nick Velasquez made up the top-five finishers.
Nate Graham won his third race for the Police-N-Pursuit in a close finish over Dan Anderson. Scotts Valley Police Department’s John Hohmann led the opening lap of the 15-lap race but spun from the lead for a lap two caution. The spin handed the lead to AJ Waltrip of the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs. Waltrip spun while in the middle of a four-way battle for the lead, handing lap nine to Graham.
Graham then survived a tough battle with Anderson for the win. Jackie Yeung of Capitola Police finished third over Steven Fernandes of Santa Clara PD and Hohmann.
Prunedale’s John Grilli led all 20-laps for the Four Banger win. An incident in the early stages saw hard contact between 2019 Police-N-Pursuit champion Roy Iller and Mark Fields, but both drivers continued. Points leader Ryan McClelland failed to finish after driving from 11th to second earlier in the main event. Grilli led Iller, Tony Gullo, Nicole Beardsley, and Kate Beardsley at the finish.
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Derek Kraus had one of the more spectacular finishes of his young career in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, taking eighth while spinning backwards across the finish line in his No. 19 NAPA AutoCare Toyota Tundra at Michigan International Speedway on Friday.
It was a fitting finish for the 18-year-old rookie, capping off a race that featured a record number of cautions and went into overtime twice before the checkered flag flew.
The multiple cautions in the final 20 laps nearly prevented Kraus from getting back into the top 10, after a flat right rear tire required a pit stop and put him deep in the field less than 30 laps from the finish.
Kraus, who had started ninth and ran in the top five on two occasions, scrambled to mount a late-race charge. He was up to 16th with 10 laps remaining, but could not gain ground on the leaders as the yellow flag waved over and over. He charged from 15th on the final restart and was ninth when he took the white flag a lap later. He was battling for seventh heading to the finish when he got turned around, but still managed to cross the finish line.
With his Michigan finish, Kraus remains ninth in the championship standings – 30 points above the cutoff for making the playoffs.
Rico Abreu finished fourth and Thomas Meseraull was fifth to lead Toyota in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway Friday, the first of two events in the POWRi Iron Man 55 in Pevely.
It was Abreu’s first POWRi midget car start of the season. He swept both events in last year’s Iron Man 55.
Joining Abreu and Meseraull in the top-10 were Clinton Boyles in eighth and Kaylee Bryson in tenth.
POWRi is back on the track Saturday at Federated Auto Parts I-55 for the second night of the Iron Man 55.
Giovanni Scelzi led the way among Bill McAnally Racing’s four rookie drivers in ARCA Menards Series West competition at Evergreen Speedway on Friday, matching his career-best series finish in coming home third in the ENEOS / NAPA AUTO PARTS 100.
His three BMR teammates trailed Scelzi in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry – with Jesse Love fourth in the No. 19 NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry, Gracie Trotter fifth in the No. 99 ENEOS Toyota Camry and Holley Hollan a career-best sixth in the No. 50 JBL/NAPA Filters/NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry.
“We might not have had the short-run speed that the Sunrise cars had,” Scelzi said of the two cars that finished first and second. “They were the class of the field early, but at the end I think we had one of the fastest cars – if not the fastest car on the race track.
“We’ve been working hard,” the 18-year-old Fresno, Calif., driver said, while thanking his crew chief John Camilleri and his team – along with Bill McAnally, NAPA, Toyota and Curb Records. “It’s been a struggle this year. I’ve been beating myself up a lot. It’s nice to have a good finish and a solid day all the way through.”
Not over driving the car was a key to doing well on the historic .646-mile oval, said Scelzi, who is making the transition this year from racing sprint cars on dirt tracks to stock cars on paved tracks.
“There’s no grip, especially on corner exit here,” he said. “Most of the time the harder you push, the slower you go. That’s kind of the pavement thing I’ve got to figure out.”
With his fourth-place finish, Love retained his lead in the championship standings by nine points. Trotter is tied in points for third, while Scelzi is tied in points for fifth. Hollan is seventh in the standings.
Friday’s race in Monroe, Wash., was the first of two nights of ARCA West racing in the Pacific Northwest, with the circuit heading about 375 miles south to Roseburg, Ore., to compete at Douglas County Speedway on Saturday night.
A group of special guests from NAPA’s Distribution Center in Seattle were treated by BMR to a VIP experience on Friday. An NGK VIP crew member was also honored at the race. In addition, ENEOS, BBB Industries, NAPA Filters and Gates Corp., - who were instrumental in their support of the races at Monroe and Roseburg – had guests in attendance.