URRS Rebels Return to Thomas County Speedway
The United Rebel Sprint Series will open the 2017 season this Saturday night at the Thomas County Speedway in Colby Kansas. Last year Ty Williams tamed the semi-banked 3/8's mile oval to take the win in front of a packed house.
Williams powered to score his lone win of the 2016 season.
With Mother Nature scoring all the checkers for the year the URSS Rebels are chomping at the bit to hit the track. Look for strong runs this season by defending Champion Luke Cranston, Jeff Radcliffe, Nate and Darren Berry, Tracey Hill, Koby and Ryan Walters, Steven Richardson, Aaron Ploussard, John Webster and the rest of the URSS Kansas and Colorado racers all chasing valuable URSS and IMCA Racesaver, Regional and National points.
2016 IMCA National rookie of the Year Zach Blurton is following an ambitious schedule looking to be in contention for the IMCA National Championship in 2017. Blurton has already scored a win, two runner ups and a sixth place finish in the young season and is looking to build on that early season momentum. The Quinter Kansas driver is always a threat to grab the checkers each and every night.
Look for the young up and comers to try and establish themselves this season as well. Jed Werner is one who has shown remarkable growth last year, the Codell Kansas racer is looking to finishing in the hunt in 2017. Another driver looking to build on previous seasons accomplishments is Liberal Racer Tracey Hill. Hill has showed major improvement last season making several good runs, look for him to continue his growth.
Never count out the veteran drivers, Steven Richardson out of Liberal Kansas picked up two wins last season at Wakeeney and Lacrosse to go along with numerous top five finishes to grab a pair of sixth place showings in both National and Kansas region points.
Brian Herbert used back to back wins at last season's Wheat Shocker Nationals to solidify a third place finish in national points and a fifth place finish in the Kansas region as well. Look for the Herbert racing team to be one of the most competitive teams in the series sporting new colors for the 2017 season.
Patriot Sprint Tour visits Woodhull Raceway for the 18th time this Saturday
Contact: Paul T. Harkenrider
(Woodhull, NY) The Patriot Sprint Tour visited the high banks of Woodhull Raceway for the very first time on September 1st, 2007. This Saturday, May 13, will be the 18th visit of the tour to the
Steuben County Facility.
Last season was a historic year for Jared Zimbardi and George Suprick as the two storied veterans scored their first Woodhull Raceway wins of their careers in the two tour visits to the facility.
Zimbardi and Suprick will be joined by an extremely stout field of 2017 PST competitors in Jordan Thomas, Chuck Hebing, Steve Glover, Joe Trenca, Darryl Ruggles, Kyle Drum, Dave Just, and Steve Collins.
Also making his 2017 PST debut will be four-time series champion, Bryan Howland, who is in his final year racing in 360 competition. Howland has been very successful at Woodhull scoring three wins in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Other drivers that have graced victory lane at Woodhull include Chuck Hebing, Justin Barger, Dan Shetler, and Bobby Breen.
Heading into this Saturday's full point PST American Tour show, Jared Zimbardi (35) has a five-point edge over teenager driver Jordan Thomas (79), followed by Jason Barney (87*), Dylan Westbrook (47x), and Joe Trenca (98).
Gates for this Saturday will open at 4:00, with racing set to start at 6:30. Grandstand admission is $18.00 with one dollar off if you arrive before 5:30. Pit Admission is priced at $35.
2017 American Tour Standings:1)35-Jared Zimbardi (150) 2) 79-Jordan Thomas (145) 3) 87*-Jason Barney (141) 4) 47x-Dylan Westbrook 5) 98-Joe Trenca-135 6) 89-Robbie Stillwaggon (132) 7) 47-Kyle Drum (129) 8) 0-Glenn Styres (126)
9) 10- Paulie Colagiovanni (123) 10) 67- Steve Collins (120)
PST History at Woodhull Raceway:
9/1/07 - Chuck Hebing
5/24/08 - Chuck Hebing
5/30/09 - Bobby Breen
7/31/10 - Chuck Hebing (Delayed from 5/22)
7/31/10 - Dan Shetler
5/21/11 - Chuck Hebing
7/30/11 - Bryan Howland
5/19/12 - Chuck Hebing
7/21/12 - Justin Barger
5/11/13 - Bryan Howland
8/17/13 - Justin Barger
5/10/14 - Chuck Hebing
7/26/14 - Chuck Hebing
5/9/15 - Bryan Howland
7/25/15 - Justin Barger
6/11/16- Jared Zimbardi
7/23/16 - George Suprick
Tommy Tarlton Tops Round Two of Ocean Sprints
Watsonville, CA)- Though his appearances may be on a limited basis, Tommy Tarlton is a frequent visitor to Ocean Speedway victory lane and on Saturday night the Easton, CA took top honors in what was his first appearance of the 2017 season.
For the second week in a row it was Sebastopol, CA driver, Geoff Ensign leading the field to green. With the waiving of the green flag, Ensign would get off to the early lead as Tarlton ran his wake.
On an immaculately prepared Ocean Speedway racing surface, the first 11-laps would rip off without interruption until Jeremy Chisum and Darrell Taylor made contact and stopped. During the stoppage the complexion of the race would change a little as fourth running Justin Sanders made a quick trip to the work area to repair damage.
Back underway, Ensign would continue to hold the top spot over Tarlton, Kurt Nelson, Brad Furr, and Dustin Golobic until a quick caution would again fly on the 12th lap.
The ensuing restart saw the battle up front intensify as Tarlton began applying heavy pressure on the leader as they duo raced wheel-to-wheel. Coming out of turn four, Tarlton would become the race's new leader as Furr was then able to overtake the second spot from Ensign.
While the battle up front was entertaining, Justin Sanders was making up ground in hurry after his early issues.
Back up into the Top-5 with just 10-laps to go, Sanders would continue to charge forward as he was able to get by Nelson, Ensign, and Brad Furr to take over the second spot late in the race.
With Tarlton out in front by a large margin, Sanders would cut into his lead lap after lap, but in the end it was Tarlton parking his potent blaked out No. 21 machine on the front stretch with the win.
"I am getting older and these races come few and far between for myself, and it's nice to come out and grab a win," Tarlton said. "My guys do a great job on these cars, and that shows whenever one of our drivers shows up."
Sanders would hang for second while Brad Furr, Geoff Ensign, and Kurt Nelson would round out the Top-Five.
Brad Furr got the night started off by setting the standard in qualifying time trials with a 11.793 second lap. A light car count put a two heat race program in motion with wins going to Kurt Nelson and Dustin Golobic as Geoff Ensign won the Dash for the second week in a row.
Capitol Renegade United Racing Club Back in Action this Weekend
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club returns to action this weekend as the 360 Winged Sprint Car Series heads south to the Delaware International Speedway.
The last time the winged series raced, 2016 URC Champion Davie "No Panic" Franek parked the #28f Franek Auto Sales, Escape RV in victory lane at the Selinsgrove Speedway. Franek who also visited victory lane the last time the series was in town will be looking to bring home win #3 on the 2017 season.
Also on Saturday night, the United Racing Club is posting a $200 bonus for the highest finishing 305-sprint car. With the Mid Atlantic Sprint Car Series on an off week fans should see some 305's make the trip south to the fast ½-mile facility.
This will be the first chance the URC Delaware natives of Troy Betts, Curt Michael, Kevin Darling and Chris Coyle will have to defend their home turf. Will one of the home state drivers park it in victory lane at the end of the night or will drivers like Davie Franek, Mark Bitner, Josh Weller, Robbie Stillwaggon, Adam Carberry take home the $1,500 top prize money?
THOMAS RADIVOY PICKS UP HIS FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON ON THE HARD CLAY
Contact: Ed Kochersberger
Article by Nick Fultz
The CRSA Sprint Tour made its first of five stops on the schedule at Orange County Fair Speedway on April 29, 2017, which is also the first of five races on the "Hard Clay Challenge Series."
Thomas Radivoy, a native of Circleville, New York, took his Country Service Center, Ator Construction 1Q to Victory Lane leading all 20 laps of the green to checkered flag A-Main event. Radivoy would make the redraw through a third-place finish in his heat race and would pull the outside pole. Emily VanInwegen, would earn the runner up spot after she came away from the redraw with the pole position. She was able to hold off Eddie Strada who would come away with a podium finish of third. Chirstian Rumsey would come away with a fourth-place run, and Tyler Jashembowski rounded out the top five.
The CRSA tour has an off weekend coming up but will return to action on Friday, May 12th. This will mark their first of four stops at the Afton Motorsports park, formally known as I-88 Speedway, which will also be the first points show in the "Algonkin Motel Challenge." The tour will then head east again on Saturday, May 13th, to return to the Hard Clay for their second scheduled stop at Orange Country Fair Speedway.
A-MAIN: THOMAS RADIVOY (1), Emily VanInwegen, 2. Eddie Strada, 3. Christian Rumsey, 4. Tyler Jashembowski, 5. Brett Jaycox, 6. Kyle Smith, 7. Dustin Purdy, 8. Jeff Trombley, 9. Scott Flammer, 10. Sydney Prince, 11. Dana Wagner, 12. Tyler Boniface, 13. Dave Werber, 14. Rick Stone, 15. Geoff Quackenbush, 16. Jerry Sehn, (DNS) Chuck Alessi, (DNS) Peter Dance
NOSA Northern Outlaw Sprint Association
2017 Season Opener Preview
Posted: 03 May 2017 05:35 PM PDT
GRAND FORKS, ND (May 3, 2017) – After both rain and snow delayed opening night at River Cities Speedway the prior two weeks, the weather has warmed up and the track is ready for the 2017 season opener.
Friday night will kick off the first of a 29-race schedule for the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association that will feature events at seven facilities from May through September.
Last year, Wade Nygaard picked up his ninth series championship by narrowly edging out Casey Mack and Austin Pierce by a few markers on the final night of action at River Cities Speedway.
This year Nygaard looks poised to capture his unprecedented 10th title, but defending River Cities Speedway track champion Casey Mack, Pierce and a host of other young guns will be looking to knock off the veteran Nygaard.
Nygaard has won the last two NOSA season openers, which have both taken place at River Cities Speedway.
What: River Cities Speedway Season Opener
Where: Greater Grand Forks County Fairgrounds
2300 Gateway Drive, Grand Forks, ND
When: Friday, May 5th at 7:00pm
Wood Claims Sprint Series of Oklahoma Victory at Wichita Speedway
Wichita Falls, Texas – April 21, 2017 - Joe Wood, Jr. started on the outside of the front row and held off a late race charge from Jake Martens to claim his first Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley's Racing Products feature of the season Friday night at Wichita Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Chris Kelly and Wood started on the front row for the twenty-lap feature with Wood taking the lead as the green flag fell. The race quickly went red when Brandon Long went for an easy tip-over in turns three and four yet he would be able to restart at the tail of the field.
The restart saw Wood, aboard his Myers Racing Engines powered Triple X Chassis #03, kept out front and would have to fend off late race challenges from eighth-starting Jake Martens to claim his second career victory and first for 2017.
"The night started off kind of rough," according to 'Lil Joe. "In our heat race the motor lost power with three laps to go and we were able to hang on to second place, which put us in the redraw. Ended up drawing number two spot and then went back to work on the car and found a spark plug wire had fallen off. Got that fixed and made very little changes to the car. Had a good start in the feature and the car worked perfectly. I have to thank my sponsors: Young Tool, Mud-X, Smiley's, Hoosier Racing Tires, Southwest AC Electric, Oilfield Equipment, Danny Holloway, Outlaw Wings for all their help getting me there."
Martens, aboard his own Martens Machine Shop/Erwin and Winnie Bartel/Blake and Robin Stocking/Randall and LaVonda White sponsored Myers Racing Engines powered Eagle Chassis came home a close second while fifth starting rookie Steven Shebester, making only his second start in sprint car competition, brought the Pete Haskins owned; Brand Racing Engines powered Maxim Chassis home third while Shouse and Kelly rounded out the top five.
After his tip-over to start the feature, Long would roar back through the field for an eighth place finish.
Chad Koch, who came into the night as early-season point leader, lost oil pressure with two laps to go while running sixth and would exit the field and end up with a disappointing sixteenth place finish.
The three, eight lap heat races for the 25-car field were won by Shebester, Shouse and Martens.
Long would claim the twelve lap "B" feature, followed by Loyd Clevenger, Sr., Mike Scott and Dillon Laden.
Next up for the SSO IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley's Racing Products will be this coming Friday night, May 5, at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Oklahoma.
SSO officials would like to welcome Smiley's Racing Products for becoming presenting partner with the series as they will be giving $1000 cash to the 2017 SSO champion.
The series would also like to thank the following for climbing aboard as contingency partners with the series for 2017: Hoosier Racing Tires, Danny Holloway, Martens Machine Shop, Saldana Racing Products, Pyrotech Race Cells, Outlaw Wings, Keizer Wheels, Bishops Racing Products and Messmer Racing.
Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series
Wichita Speedway/Wichita Falls, Texas
April 21, 2017
A Feature (20 Laps): 1) Joe Wood, Jr. (2), 2) Jake Martens (8), 3) Steven Shebester (5), 4) Andy Shouse (7), 5) Chris Kelly (1), 6) Shayla Waddell (3), 7) Michelle Melton (10), 8) Brandon Long (17), 9) Cody Whitworth (16), 10) Blake Dacus (9), 11) Justin Fisk (14), 12) Loyd Clevenger, Sr. (18), 13) Morgan Fletcher (12), 14) Dillon Laden (20), 15) Warren Fields (15), 16) Chad Koch (13), 17) Sterling Huff (8), 18) Cody Scherb (4), 19) Logan Scherb (11), 20) Mike Scott (19)
SPRINT CAR BANDITS at WICHITA 'FALLS' TO WEATHER; NEXT EVENT SUPERBOWL 5/13
Mesquite TX (4/29/17) The 2017 NCRA Sprint Car Bandits (SCB) series presented by Blaine's Motor Supply event set for tonight, April 29th at Wichita Speedway near Wichita Falls, Texas has been postponed until Friday, May 19th, due to inclement weather. This marks the second weekend in a row the SCB action has fallen to the weather.
The SCB now moves to the next date on the schedule, which is Saturday May 13th (Mother's Day weekend) at Superbowl Speedway near Greenville, Texas.
The event will pay $2,000 to the 25-lap feature winner, $1,000 for second place and pays down generously to $300 to start (see below for complete breakdown). All non-qualifiers or non-starters will each receive $100. There is no entry fee, no series membership fee and just a $15 nightly draw fee.
Superbowl Speedway is located at 437 FM 1903 Greenville, TX and is quite easy to get to. Take the 'FM 1903' exit off of I-30 (exit 87, about 45 miles from downtown Dallas), then head east 3 miles and you will run into the track. The main entrance is first and is for race fans going to the stands. The second exit off of corner 4 is for the pit entrance. On race day, the track phone number is (903) 883-2504 or click
http://www.facebook.com/superbowlspeedway for the track Facebook page. The first green flag on May 13th is slated for 7pm.
25-lap SCB feature race payback for Saturday, May 13th: $2,000, $1,000, $600, $500, $400, $390, $380, $370, $360, $350, $340, $330, $320, $310, $300, $300, $300, $300, $300, $300. $100 for non-qualifiers or non-starters. No entry fee or series membership fee; $15 draw-in fee.
As a reminder, previously our draw-in rules have changed for 2017. Now all sprint car teams that sign in will draw for heat race starting positions, regardless of their engine C.I. displacement (maximum 360), and will receive passing points to determine their straight-up from points feature race starting position. All drivers make sure to read the posted rules at the series website prior to heading to the track.
We would like to thank the sponsors of the Sprint Car Bandits series: Blaine's Motor Supply, Rodd Hanna's Air Performance, A&M Glass Service, Palm Harbor Homes, Kustom Craft, Gen-Tech at FixYourGenerator.com, The Oil Medics, Mow Time in Farmersville, Griffith Trucking Equipment, PRO-TECH Service Company and Simpson Race Products.
With each SCB sponsor announcement, the series can continue to implement one of its primary missions, and that is adding to the already excellent competitor purses...if you noticed, the SCB 2016 minimum guaranteed purse was $1,200 to win and $300 to start - yet every event paid more than that. Our 2017 purse is already guaranteed to be $2,000 to win and $300/start at all events - all due to these sponsorship commitments!
If your business is interested in getting involved with the SCB series, please contact Steve Lang directly at: SteveLang14@gmail.com or by calling 469-474-8234. There are effective programs available for all sizes of budgets.
The SCB series has a unique rules package that allows teams to use their current equipment (especially in the engine compartment), yet curbing nightly tire expense...which helps equalize the competition, with teams of varying budget sizes.
That rules package certainly has the vote of many of the drivers in the DFW area, as 42 competed with the series in 2016...and 35 teams competed during opening weekend in 2017. Series rules are posted at the link below.
Between the lower operating cost of the SCB series and the addition of sponsor funds into nightly purses, it is allowing more area race tracks to book events - which all translates into DFW area fans getting to see quality sprint car race at a lower grandstand ticket price.
When you combine those components with lower nightly competitor operating purses, it all equals one thing: the new Sprint Car Bandits series!
Click www.SprintCarBandits.com for the latest in series news - including the brand new event flyer for Superbowl Speedway on May 13th.
You can also reach the SCB on Facebook, at www.Facebook.com/SprintCarBandits and on Twitter by searching 'Sprint Car Bandits'.
As of the time of writing, here's the latest official SCB event schedule - and note that there are some new dates still in negotiation, which will be released when officially booked:
NCRA Sprint Car Bandits Confirmed Dates Schedule, as of 4/29/17:
3-31-17 Heart-o-Texas Speedway, Waco TX ($2,000 winner Justin Melton)
4-1-17 Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, TX ($2,000 winner Brad Welborn)
4-22-17 LoneStar Speedway Kilgore, TX (Rained out, make-up date TBA)
4-29-17 Wichita Speedway, Wichita Falls, TX (POSTPONED until May 19th, due to weather)
5-13-17 Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, TX (Saturday, $2,000/win and $300/start)
5-19-17 Wichita Speedway, Wichita Falls, TX (Friday, $2,000/win and $325/start)
6-10-17 Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, TX (Saturday)
8-12-17 Rose Bowl Speedway, Tyler, TX (Saturday)
8-25-17 Wichita Speedway, Wichita Falls, TX (Friday)
8-26-17 Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, TX (Saturday)
9-16-17 Grayson County Speedway, Bells, TX (Saturday)
9-30-17 LoneStar Speedway Kilgore, TX (Saturday)
Mother Nature might currently be the only 2-time 'winner' in 2017, but we'll hopefully return to green-flag racing conditions when the next NCRA Sprint Car Bandits series event takes place at Superbowl Speedway on May 13th - please make plans to join us for exciting 360C.I. Sprint Car racing action!
Willie Croft makes late move to win an epic Sprint Car Challenge Tour 40-lapper on Saturday at the Petaluma Speedway
By Gary Thomas
Petaluma, CA – April 29, 2017...Taking advantage of a green-white-checkered restart Roseville's Willie Croft shot past fellow Roseville resident Colby Copeland to grab the lead and go on to claim a thrilling victory on Saturday with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards at Petaluma Speedway.
Croft became the fourth different winner in as many races this season with the tour and came after a tremendous main event on the hooked up 3/8 mile clay oval. The former Trophy Cup champion took home $3,000 for his efforts with the Kyle Larson Racing Bonus Money added in for being a full-time competitor. Croft's triumph came aboard his familiar Holy Smokes BBQ/ Amerikote No. 29 machine.
"I am absolutely worn out after that race," Croft commented on the front stretch following the 40-lap contest. "It was definitely a great track tonight because you could race all over, but no doubt a physically demanding surface. It was a lot of fun racing with Colby Copeland through traffic and that last caution worked out in our favor for sure. I knew if I could get the launch coming off the corner I could beat him into turn one and that's exactly how it played out. I want to send a big thanks to all the fans for coming out and packing this place and a huge thanks to my entire team for all their support."
At the waving of the green flag it was Copeland jumping into the lead ahead of Croft, who made a great move to charge into the runner up spot from the second row. The first 13-laps clicked off caution free with Copeland, Croft and Auburn's Andy Forsberg racing closely together once lapped traffic came into play. Unfortunately for Forsberg his night came to an end when a broken axle left him parked in-between turns three and four. Shortly after going back green Fremont's Shane Golobic began to show his muscle and scooted into third, before charging after the lead duo.
A long green flag run was then seen with outstanding racing through heavy lapped traffic taking place. Copeland did a phenomenal job out front picking the right spots to hold Croft at bay. One slight bicycle in turn four with seven-laps remaining however, gave Croft the chance he needed to grab the top spot. Copeland stayed composed though and a couple laps later returned the favor charging back into the lead.
With fans enjoying every second of the feature things then came to a grinding halt when Placerville's Andy Gregg flipped down the front stretch on lap 37. He emerged okay, but was done for the night. Copeland nailed the restart and appeared to be headed for victory, until Golobic's strong run came to an end when he slowed, forcing a caution with a flat tire as the white flag was waving. On the final restart of the night Croft rocketed ahead to take the lead that he would never relinquish.
Copeland had to fend off a final lap charge from Roseville's Sean Becker and was able to do, crossing the stripe in second. Despite being disappointed Copeland should be commended for driving a great race in the feature at the helm of the F&F Racing/ Econo Lube'N'Tune and Brakes No. x1jr sprinter. Becker also made some beautiful pin-point moves as he is known for doing at the Petaluma Speedway to bring home third at the finish. It marked his third podium in four Sprint Car Challenge Tour races behind the wheel of the Menne Motorsports/ Mike's Hard Lemonade No. 75 mount.
Penngrove's Chase Johnson earned the Pit Stop USA Hard Charger Award with a great drive from deep in the field to finish fourth, while RacePartsTrader.com Dash winner Cory Eliason of Kingsburg rounded out the top-five. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Penngrove's Buddy Kofoid, Paradise' Kyle Hirst, Sebastopol's Geoff Ensign, Hanford's DJ Netto and Mitchell Faccinto.
A-main finish: 1. 29 Willie Croft, 2. X1jr Colby Copeland, 3. 75 Sean Becker, 4. 24 Chase Johnson, 5. 83sa Cory Eliason, 6. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 7. 83 Kyle Hirst, 8. 63 Geoff Ensign, 9. 3c DJ Netto, 10. 37 Mitchell Faccinto, 11. 17s Dominic Scelzi, 12. 101 Klint Simpson, 13. 57 Dustin Golobic, 14. 94 Steven Tiner, 15. 22 Shane Golobic, 16. 2 Billy Butler, 17. 16 Andy Gregg, 18. 33t Jimmy Trulli, 19. X1 Mason Moore, 20. 9l Cody Lamar, 21. 7c Andy Forsberg, 22. 91c Shawn Conde
The Finley Farms B-main was won by Kyle Hirst, with Cory Eliason bringing home the RacePartsTrader.com Dash. Anderson's Chelsea Blevins did a fabulous job to win the evening's C-main to the delight of the packed house on hand.
All Star Performance Heat one went to Shane Golobic, with A.R.T. Speed Equipment Heat two going to Buddy Kofoid, BR Motorsports Heat three was won by Jimmy Trulli and King Racing Products Heat four was captured by Sean Becker. Andy Forsberg began the night by setting the LRB Inc. / ADCO Driveline and Custom Exhaust Fast Time with a lap of 13.225, beating out the 49-car field. Mitchell Faccinto turned an identical lap-time, but Forsberg won the tie-breaker by going out first.
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will now have three weekends off, before resuming action on Saturday May 27 at the Stockton Dirt Track for round five.
ESS A-Main – Chuck Hebing, Danny Varin, Cory Turner Bryan Howland, Jason Barney, Matt Tanner, Joe Trenca Sammy Reakes IV, Dylan Westbrook, Jeff Cook, Darryl Ruggles, Yan Bilodeau, Paulie Colagiovanni, Coleman Gulick, Matt Billings, Brandon Kidd, James Hanson, Kelly Hebing, Billy VanInwegen, Alex Vigneault, Chad Miller, Glenn Styres, Jonathan Preston, Paul Kinney, Shawn Donath, Larry Wight
Lap Leader – Hebing 1-25.
Cory Eliason Uses Late Race Heroics To Claim Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo Season Opener
Watsonville, CA)- Fans at Watsonville, California's Ocean Speedway were rewarded for their patience on Friday night. Following two rain outs to open the 2017 Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo season, the third time proved to be the charm on Friday night as Cory Eliason used a late race move to pick up the season opening event.
Geoff Ensign and Shane Golobic would lead the field to green for the 30-lap affair, and it would be Ensign taking early command of the race as Golobic, Kurt Nelson, Justin Sanders, and Cory Eliason gave chase on a slick Ocean Speedway surface.
Ensign's quick start would quickly be slowed, as the red flag was needed on the race's second circuit for Kyle Shaw. Shaw would escape from the wreckage, but his night would be finished.
Back underway, Ensign continued to set a torrid pace as the action behind him picked up. As he stretched his lead out on the slick ¼ mile speedway, Eliason would make his way by both Nelson and Sanders to take over third as he pressured Golobic for the runner up spot until the caution flew on the 13th lap.
The Sebastopol, CA driver continued to show the way, as he would get away from Golobic and Eliason, though lapped traffic would soon become a factor as the race got into an extended green flag run.
Behind the leader, Eliason would take over the second spot on the 19th lap, and begin to set his sights on the point. Once in second, Eliason could continue to search around the Ocean Speedway, as he would soon take a liking to the top-side of the speedway and make up ground on the leader.
On lap 25, Eliason would make a bid for the lead in turns one and two, but Ensign would counter and lead down the back stretch. Eliason would make the top work in turns three and four to grab the lead and essentially never look back.
While Ensign stayed with Eliason, the battle for third would pick up with Justin Sanders and Shane Golobic trading the spot in heavy traffic, with Sanders getting the spot in the waning laps.
Up front, Eliason would not be denied on this night, as he would pick up the win over Ensign, Sanders Golobic, and Kurt Nelson.
"We had a good car, and sometimes it's better to be in second for a long period of time," Cory Eliason explained. "We were able to move around the track and find some grip that Geoff (Ensign) didn't know about, and get the win. I can't thank this entire Antaya Motorsports team for all they do for me, and it's nice to get another win with these guys."
In his first appearance at the Ocean Speedway, Matthew Moles would finish sixth, Cole Macedo seventh, Jerry Bonnema eighth, Dustin Golobic ninth, and Jeremy Chisum would round out the Top-10.
All in all, 22 winged 360's would check into the Ocean Speedway on Friday night the season opening event and Ensign and Golobic would lay down lay down identical quick time laps in qualifying with Ensign getting the nod for going out early.
A three-heat program would be in play on this night with wins going to Sanders, Bonnema, and Macedo, as Geoff Ensign would win the Dash and earn the right to start on the pole for the feature event.
ON TAP- The Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will return to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA this coming Friday night.
360 Series Points
1. Jason Barney 202
2. Dylan Westbrook 176
3. Coleman Gulick 160
4. Chuck Hebing 126
5. Brandon Kidd 125
6. Danny Varin 116
7. Matt Billings 115
8. Jordan Thomas 112
9. Daryl Ruggles 111
10. Cory Turner 110
1. Davie Franek 2975
2. Curt Michael 2829
3. Troy Betts 2289
4. Josh Weller 2256
5. R. Stillwaggon 2109
6. Adam Carberry 1999
7. Justin Whittall 1767
8. Brett Michalski 1638
9. Mark Sasso 1479
10. Jimmy Stitzel 1403
1. Jared Zimbardi 2213
2. Paul Habeck 1855
3. Dave Just 1776
4. Steve Glover 1762
5. Darryl Ruggles 1530
6. Tyler Graves 1524
7. Dane Lorenc 1477
8. Steve Collins 1407
9. Dan Bennett 1253
10. P Colagiovanni 1201
1. Jared Zimbardi 740
2. Mitch Brown 651
3. Dylan Westbrook 590
4. Jason Barney 583
5. Lee Ladouceur 578
6. Ryan Turner 558
7. Steve Poirier 495
8. Kyle Fraser 470
9. Chris Jones 443
10. Devin Caron 408
1. Andy Forsberg 1877
2. Mason Moore 1861
3. Michael Ing 1513
4. Sean Becker 1442
5. Justin Sanders 1438
6. DJ Freitas 1395
7. Bradley Terrell 1310
8. Koen Shaw 1262
9. Steven Tiner 1241
10. Shane Golobic 1146