Jason Romero never looked back as he took an early lead for his sixth win as weekly NASCAR racing returned for the rain makeup date for round #6 featuring NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Bombers. Following this weekend’s results, NASCAR Whelen All American Series Championship points are continuing to heat up creating great racing action at All American Speedway. Race Day started off great with warm temperatures in the upper 90s providing a smooth race day with no red flags and minimal yellows with all divisions putting on an exciting show for the fans at All American Speedway.
Street Stocks were the first to hit the track fielding 14 cars and No.08 Mickey Owens swept both practice sessions leading the way in qualifying with the fastest lap of 15.063 seconds. No. 23 Richard Poppert Jr., just missed pole position by .032 seconds followed by No. 50 Chris Lambert, No. 98 Byron Gonzales and No. 86 Dave Silva the fast five. No. 2 Mel Wilson won the first heat race and Richard Poppert won the second heat race. Richard Poppert, Mel Wilson, No. 6 Spencer Emerson and No. 22 Mark Blanton all made it to the trophy dash and Mel Wilson took the early lead to win the trophy dash victory. In the main event, Byron Gonzales took the lead on the start for six laps until Poppert stole the lead on lap seven. On lap eight, Chris Lambert got loose in turn four causing the No. 50 machine to spin into the infield. No. 79 Eric Martinez also spun into the infield in turn one. On lap 29, No. 66 Joseph Colorado got a flat tire on the right front causing a yellow. On the restart, as Poppert continued to take the lead Chris Lambert and Mel Wilson got together in turn two sending Wilson spinning in turn two causing another yellow. On lap 30, debris on the back stretch caused a yellow and AAS officials quickly picked up the debris. On lap 32, Chris Lambert and Mark Blanton provided great racing action trading rubber into turns one and two to battle for position. On the last lap Byron Gonzales and Mickey Owens drag raced to the finish line for second with Gonzales winning the drag race. Richard Poppert Jr. lead majority of the race to collect his fourth 2011 All American Speedway Street Stock victory followed by Byron Gonzales, Mickey Owens, Dave Silva and Spencer Emerson the top five.
Second up on the agenda was the NASCAR Modified division fielding 13 cars and No. 29 Dan Jinkerson swept both practice sessions posting fast times. No. 24 Scott Winters, making the return from missing the last points race, qualified on top with a fast time of 14.085 seconds. Dan Jinkerson merely missed pole by .073 seconds followed by No. 68 Cody Thompson, No. 21 Bobby Runyan and No. 2 Ryan Peter the fast five. Scott Winters won the first heat race and No. 5 Jason Bamberg won the second heat race. No. 43 Nick Lyons, Jason Bamberg, Scott Winters and No. 7 Joey Licata all made it for the trophy dash and Bamberg took the early lead to walk away for his trophy dash victory. In the main event, Bobby Runyan, two weeks in a row, took the early lead for eight laps until Dan Jinkerson took over on lap nine. Before completion of lap nine, No. 05 Chase Grigsby got loose into turn two initiating the No. 05 machine to spin causing a yellow. On lap 11, No. 4 Steve Cote spun in turn four causing another yellow. On lap 14, No. 88 Dan Hansen exited the track for a smoking car. On lap 19, Scott Winters stole the lead from Jinkerson to walk away from the field for Winter’s fifth 2011 All American Speedway victory. Dan Jinkerson second, Joey Licata third, Cody Thompson fourth and Bobby Runyan fifth.
Up next was the NASCAR Late Models and both No. 8 Jason Romero and No. 35 Matt Scott shared a practice session posting fast times. In qualifying, Jason Romero laid down the fastest lap around the 3/8's mile with a time of 13.833 seconds. Followed by No. 88 Rookie Dylan Hutchison, Matt Scott, No. 11 Juan Pitta and No. 61 Shannon Mansch the fast five. The top four qualifiers, Romero, Hutchison, Scott and Pitta all made it for the trophy dash and Juan Pitta captured his first 2011 All American Speedway trophy dash victory. On the start of the main, Shannon Mansch took the early lead until Juan Pitta took over the top spot on lap eight. Lots of great racing excitement early as drivers battled for positions. On lap 31, No. 66 Colin Bailey got loose in turn two sending Bailey spinning causing a yellow. On the restart, Pitta, Romero and No. 5 Chris Scribner make it three wide for the lead. Romero made out with the lead from the outside while Scribner and Pitta continued their battle for second. Matt Scott suffered a flat tire and stopped on the track out of the racing line just before the track exit causing a yellow. On the restart, Romero and Scribner battled for the lead and Romero with the inside advantage pulled out front in turn four. On lap 60, debris in turns three and four caused a yellow allowing the field to be bunched up again. Romero grabbed the early lead leaving Pitta and Scribner to battle hard for the second spot. On the last lap, Pitta caught up to Scribner with both drivers racing hard again for second rubbing fenders with a drag race to the finish line and a photo finish gave Pitta second and Scribner third. Jason Romero walked away from the field with a 2.507 second lead to his sixth 2011 All American Speedway victory. Matt Scott fourth and No. 42 Stanislav Osterlund fifth.
Last up on the night was the Bomber division fielding 11 cars and No. 52 Matt Camp and No. 3 Chris Paulson both posting fastest lap in the practice sessions. In qualifying, Chris Paulson captured pole position with a fast time of 15.877 seconds holding Matt Camp in second by .072 seconds. No. 77 Erick Ray third, No. 04 Dana Kelly fourth and No. 23 Eric Bocksberger fifth. Matt camp won the first heat race and Chris Paulson won the second heat race. Chris Paulson, Matt Camp, No. 50 Richard Perez and No. 63 Joe Rhodes all entered to win a trophy in the trophy dash. Chris Paulson took the lead and held onto the lead for the trophy dash victory. In the main event, Dana Kelly took the early lead and led most of the race until lap 30 Erick Ray took over the top spot. On lap 14, No. 24 Cody Rickard spun into the infield with a motor making unusual noises. On lap 23, Joe Rhodes and Matt Camp battled for the fourth position got together in turn three causing the drivers to lose a few positions. Erick Ray went on to win his second 2011 All American Speedway Bomber victory followed by Chris Paulson, Dana Kelly, Joe Rhodes and Eric Bocksberger the top five.
This concludes Championship Points Race #6 rain makeup and the second rained out Championship Points Race #5 will return next weekend Saturday, July 30th at All American Speedway featuring NASCAR Modifieds Twin 50’s, Street Stock, and Bombers. Be sure to stop by and visit the All American Speedway booth at the California State Fair starting this Friday through Sunday by the horse track. More information about All American Speedway can be found at www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com. The Placer County Fairgrounds administration office is open for advance ticket sales Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at 800 All America City Blvd. Roseville, CA. 95678, or contact the office at (916) 786-2025.