Gardner wins Pure Stock feature event; Trimble repeats in Limited Late Models
PLACERVILLE, CA – Sprint Car driver Shane Golobic never gave up the fight Friday night and such perseverance paid off when the checkered flag waved to the Fremont driver at Placerville Speedway following the tenth Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship point race of the season.
For Golobic, Friday’s win was far more than point race victory. It came on a night when Placerville Speedway was sold out to an electrifying crowd for the annual July Fourth Spectacular. The open wheel ace shared in celebration before the impressive crowd with repeat winner Ray Trimble of Auburn in the Limited Late Models and Eddie Gardner of Sacramento who visited victory lane for the first time in Pure Stocks.
Golobic started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event Friday night with Jake Morgan of Fair Oaks on the outside of the front row. When the green flag waved, Golobic powered into the lead with Morgan in his wake along with defending champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn and Adam Walters of Reno.
With four laps on the scoreboard, sixth place starter Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove found his way into the second position to set his sights on Golobic. DeCaires has won the last two consecutive events at Placerville and leads the division point standings now that the season nears the halfway point.
With eight laps complete, DeCaires closed in on Golobic and the two dueled for the position in the midst of the back markers for much of the race. With 22 laps complete DeCaires managed his way around Golobic to steal the lead, only to have a red flag for rollover victim Max Adams.
With the lead back in his possession, Golobic held off DeCaires charges for the lead for the final three laps to score the win. DeCaires finished second followed by Morgan, Forsberg and Cory Eliason, who was the ADCO Driveline Fast Qualifier of the evening.
In the Pure Stock division, 23 cars formed the field and the event saw its share of caution flags early in the running. Nathan Tilford of Orangevale took the lead off the pole position, leading until the sixth lap when he suffered a spin in the second turn after holding off Gardner and his cousin, Matt Tilford of Citrus Heights, who had closed in on the early leader.
At the restart, Gardner took the lead while Matt Tilford applied the pressure lap after lap along with Placerville’s Ted Ahart. With eight laps complete, Tilford drove to the low side of turns three and four below Gardner to steal the lead. Once in front, Tilford continued to be challenged by Gardner as they they worked their way through lapped traffic, trading the lead a number of times in a great battle that Tilford took control of in the closing laps.
At the finish line, Tilford was the first driver to cross the line but it was discovered that in the closing lap his #92 lost a muffler, which is an automatic disqualification according to track rules and sound regulations and a tough break for the former champion. Gardner was awarded with the win followed by Scott Grunert of Woodland, Ahart, Rick Grunert and Lonnie Leonard of Elk Grove.
In the Limited Late Model feature, Trimble started on the outside of the front row of the 20 lap feature event and took the lead at the waving of the green flag from pole sitter Tom Tilford of Citrus Heights. Trimble maintained the top spot for the entire race while Tilford searched for a line on the heat stricken track to gain an advantage.
At the finish line Trimble was followed by Tilford. Dan Brown Jr. of Rocklin finished third after overcoming a long battle with point leader Matt Micheli of Live Oak. Matt Davis of Auburn finished in the fifth position.
Racing returns to Placerville Speedway next Saturday night with the 11th championship event of the season featuring Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and Dwarf Cars in a special night of racing that will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.
For complete results of Saturday’s event and further information, visit the official track website at www.placervillespeedway.com.