SAN BERNARDINO, California — Ryan Daniel got a well-earned victory Saturday night at Orange Show Speedway.
Daniel put in a patient, intelligent drive en route to his win in the 50-lap ASA Late Model main event, and the Mentone resident was able to do that because of the work put in by his father, Ron, and crew members and friends in the sweltering afternoon heat.
A rocker arm in the engine of Daniel’s Lucas Oil/Finish Line Motorsports Chevrolet came loose early in practice, resulting in a bent valve. That made an engine rebuild necessary, and with a half-dozen people working on the car at time that was completed just in time for Daniel to be the last car out for qualifying on the ASA-sanctioned quarter-mile oval.
That the repairs were done well was evident in the race, with Daniel stalking early leader Matt Goodwin, of Wildomar, until Goodwin left him an opening on the inside of the track going into Turn 1. Once in front, Daniel pulled away easily en route to his third win of the season, but Goodwin faded to sixth at the finish.
Toni McCray, of Highland, and Kevin James, of Yucaipa, followed Daniel across the finish line.
Five-time champion Johnny Russo, of Big Bear City, got win No. 53 in his black Chevrolet Monte Carlo by taking the 35-lap Pick-A-Part Street Stock main event and Keith Blomgren, of La Quinta, won a Pro 4 race cut from 35 to 20 laps after a series of mishaps.
Russo was the third leader of the race, taking the top spot from Meyer on lap 21 and holding on to win by 0.698 of a second. Jesse James Lawson led early, but had his bid for a third straight win ruined by mechanical woes that forced him out on 15.
Two-time and reigning champion Darren Amidon, of Santee, won an entertaining, competitive Legends Cars main event over Bree Brewer, of Riverside, and Tony Green, of Oak Hills. Brewer, who won here Friday night in her first race in more than a year, led the first 20 of the 35 laps, then gave way to Chad Schug, who in turn was passed by Amidon on lap 28.
Steve Waugh, 65, of Barstow, and Dick Hughes, 84, of West Covina won the 12-lap main events for the Western Racing Association’s vintage Sprint Cars and Midgets, respectively.
|ASA Late Models|
|1. Ryan Daniel, Mentone, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 2.Toni McCray, Highland, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 3. Kevin James, Yucaipa, Toyota Camry/Chevrolet; 4. Jim Conklin, Big Bear City, Pontiac Grand Prix/Chevrolet; 5. John Mattie, Highland, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 6. Matt Goodwin, Wildomar, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 7. Sam Newcomer, Apple Valley, Dodge Charger/Chevrolet; 8. Ryan Becker, Riverside, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 9. Jeff Lawson, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Impala; 10. Randy Thompson, Oak Hills, Pontiac Grand Prix/Chevrolet; 11. Sherm Taylor, Rialto, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 12. Austin James, Yucaipa, Pontiac Grand Prix/Chevrolet. |
Margin of victory – 1.338 seconds. Average speed – 37.179 mph. Trophy Dash winner – Goodwin . Fast qualifier – K. James, 13.494 seconds.
|Pick-A-Part Street Stocks|
|1. Johnny Russo, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Monte Carlo; 2. Kyle Meyer, Highland, Chevrolet Nova; 3. Cliff Conklin, Big Bear Lake, Chevroler Camaro; 4. John Reid, Perris, Chevrolet Camaro; 5. Mike Stone, Fontana, Chevrolet Camaro; 6. Jeff Watson, Huntington Beach, Chevrolet Nova; 7. Tony Forfa Jr., San Bernardino, Chevrolet Camaro; 8. Jeff Grill, Rosamond, Chevrolet Camaro; 9. Jesse James Lawson, Big Bear City, Chevrolet Camaro.|
Margin of victory – 0.698 seconds. Average speed – 26.196 mph. Trophy Dash winner – Russo. Top qualifier – Grill.
|1. Keith Blomgren, La Quinta, FordFusion; 2. Don Minut, Moreno Valley, Ford Fusion; 3. Kendall Scheidecker, Hesperia, Toyota Camry/Ford; 4. David Glidewell, Jr., Riverside, Chevrolet Impala/Ford; 5. Eddie Secord, Oak Hills, Toyota Camry/Ford; 6. Corey Smith, Riverside, Ford Fusion; 7. Randy Davidhizer, Highland, Chevrolet Monte Carlo/Ford.|
Margin of victory – 0.617 seconds. Average speed – 18.421 mph. Trophy Dash winner -- Secord. Fast qualifier – Blomgren, 13.544 seconds.
|1. Darren Amidon, Santee, ’34 Ford sedan; 2. Bree Brewer, Riverside, ’34 Ford sedan; 3. Tony Green, Oak Hills, ’37 Chevrolet sedan; 4. Cale Kanke, Granada Hills, ’34 Ford sedan; 5. Ryan O’Connor, Vista, ’37 Ford sedan; 6. Chad Schug, Oak Hills, ’37 Ford coupe; 7 Brian Tyczki, El Cajon, ’34 Ford coupe; 8. Brent Schiedemantle, Alta Loma, ’34 Ford coupe; 9. Paul Vitale, Wildomar, ’37 Ford sedan; 10. Mark Brochetta, Valencia, ’34 Ford coupe; 11. Fred Chavez, Alpine, ’37 Ford coupe; 12. Albert Flores Jr., La Quinta.|
Margin of victory – 0.408 seconds. Average speed – 35.242 mph. Heat race winners – Green, Brewer. Trophy Dash winner – Amidon. Fast qualifier – Scheidemantle, 14.712 seconds.
Friday night’s race (25 laps) – 1. Brewer; 2. Scheidemantle; 3. Schug; 4. Green; 5. Amidon; 6. Brochetta; 7. O’Connor; 8. Kanke; 9. Flores; 10. Tyczki; 11. Vitale.
|WRA Sprint Cars|
|1. Steve Waugh, Barstow, Chevrlet V8; 2. Richard Mastroleo, Azusa, Chevrolet V8; 3. Steve Enright, Tustin, Chevrolet V8; 4. Greg Dierks, Rancho Palos Verdes, Chevrolet V8; 5. John Lee, Newhall, Mercury roadster; |
Heat race winner – Enright.
|1. Dick Hughes, West Covina, Chevrolet2; 2. Les Starek, Apple Valley, Offenhauser; 3. Bob Mastroleo, Monrovia, V8-60; 4. Dale Erikson, Lomita, Offenhauser; 5. Kenny Hilberg, Fountain Valley, Chevrolet2. |
Heat race winner – Stark.