Tiner Takes Sprint Car Feature; McDaniel, Zoller win Stock Car Divisions
PLACERVILLE, CA (4-18-15) –Another solid roster of entries packed the pit area of Placerville Speedway for Saturday’s Red Hawk Casino Championship point racing presented by Thompson’s Auto Centers. For the fourth event of the 50th Anniversary Racing Season, 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks shared the evening racing card by the visiting Nor-Cal Dwarf Car division.
Steven Tiner of Elverta drive to victory in the Domco Plumbing Sprint Car division. Tiner shared in celebration with Rich Zoller of Cameron Park, first time winner in the Jay’s Mobile Welding Pure Stock division. Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst drove to his second Domco Plumbing Late Model victory while Shawn Jones of San Jose won the Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature.
In the Sprint Car division, 25 cars formed the roster Saturday night for a full evening of racing including heats, a b feature and an a feature event. In qualifying Placerville’s Andy Gregg of Placerville drive his Scott Russell owned Gen Landscape Management to the fastest lap of the night. Gregg garnered a 10:954 second lap, earning him the weekly $100 ADCO Driveline fast qualifier award.
The first heat race victory of the night was scored by Justin Johnson of Shingle Springs. Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks won the second heat of the night. Tiner took home the win in the third and final heat race. The B main event was claimed by Sacramento’s Bobby Butler who transferred into the A feature with the likes of Chico’s Kevin Sharrah, Chris Masters, Scott Parker of Coursgold and Matt Barber of Placerville.
In the 25-lap A- feature, Tiner started on the outside of the second row and raced in Morgan’s wake for the opening laps aboard the Wright Process Systems #94. Morgan started on the pole and shot into the lead at the waving of the green flag with Placerville’s top guns hot on his tail including Gregg, Jimmy Trulli of Placerville, Tiner and Matt Peterson of Wilton.
Tiner powered his way around Morgan within the first seven laps of the event while Gregg pursued him in the second position. Morgan then battled for third with defending track champion Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove while Tiner began to distance himself from the field and work his way into lapped traffic. At the checkered flag Tiner picked up the win followed by Gregg, DeCaires overtook Morgan for the third spot. Morgan finished in fourth followed by Peterson in fifth.
In the Pure Stock division, 23 cars took to the track for a wild 20-lap feature event that saw several lead changes and lapped traffic determine the outcome of the race in the closing laps. Kevin Wirth of Shingle Springs took the lead at the waving of the green flag with Russell Murphy in tow. The two front runners began to mix it up with just two laps complete. On the third lap they both collided momentarily, which moved Murphy into the lead and Wirth into second place.
One lap later, Murphy retired to the pit area and Wirth reclaimed the lead for a double file restart. With the high car count, lapped traffic became a factor early and Wirth found himself negotiating his way in and out of traffic to stay ahead of the pack. Defending champion Scott Grunert of Woodland took advantage of the lapped traffic. After working his way up from 17th, Grunert closed in on Wirth to take the lead with 12 laps complete.
On the 17th lap, Grunert, Wirth and Lonnie Leonard all traded the lead in the first and second turns as Zoller muscled his Domco Plumbing #1X into the mix. Just as it appeared Grunert was on his way to his first season win, Zoller used the close racing in lapped traffic to his advantage and muscled into the lead after starting 15th.
At the line Zoller was followed by Grunert, Leonard, Wirth and Nick Baldwin.Heat races in the Pure Stock division were claimed by Leonard, Rick Grunert and Orville Owens.
In the Late Model Division, McDaniel put on another stellar performance in his Domco Plumbing Farnham Motorsports #32. After winning his heat race, McDaniel started in the eighth position and moved into third within just two laps to pursue early leader Paul Gugliemoni of Vacaville.
On lap 13 McDaniel moved into a lead he would never relinquish to earn his second win of the season. Ray Trimble of Auburn drove from fifth into second. Heat race winner Dominic Stone of Folsom drove from seventh into second, with Will McMillen of Chico fourth followed by Gugiemoni.
The Nor-Cal Dwarf cars brought 13 entries to their first visit to Placerville of the season. After winning his heat race, Jones started the 20-lap event in third place. Kevin Bender of Rocklin charged into the lead early in the event and a heated battle broke out between he and Ryan Winter of Galt while Jones pursued the two. Jones powered his way into the lead he would never relinquish to claim the first checkered flag of the season. Bender finished in second followed by Winter, Buddy Olshowka and Bryan Bender.
Next Saturday, racing resumes at Placerville Speedway in grand fashion with bonus winnings for all divisions. The event is the second segment of the new Placerville Posse Series presented by ART Enterprises and Red Hawk Casino. The Sprint Cars will earn a $2000 victory on this night. Limited Late Models will earn $750 to win and Pure Stocks will earn $500. The three track regulars will be joined by Midget Lites of the Bay Cities Racing Association.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30. Race fans can save $1 off admission by wearing a cowboy hat to celebrate the Placerville Posse experience. Find additional information at www.placervillespeedway.com.
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