LAKEPORT, CA. August 25, 2001... After setting fast time of 13.169 seconds over the 19 car modified field, Bob Strauss of Lucerne started at the back of the inverted pack and took the lead away from Todd Coburn on the 26th lap to capture the 3rd annual Jim McKinney Memorial at the Lakeport Speedway Saturday night. It was Strauss’ second win of the season.
With only three laps to go in the mini stock 30 lapper, Stuart Lydon of Salinas trapped leader Andrew Snider behind a lapped car and drove to his seventh victory in NCRA’s four cylinder division. Chuck Pruett jumped out of his modified after finishing fourth, got into his bomber and held off the challenges of defending champ Mark Maines to win the Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa bomber main event.
And in special events action, Mike Doss led all but 10 laps to win the Airport Auto Brokers Late Model Series feature and clinch the Lakeport Speedway Late Models championship. Ericka Scatena from Upper Lake presented all feature winners with special Jim McKinney Memorial plaques.
The modified feature started on a slick track after an oil spill in the mini stock main event and a blow-up in the late model race. Coburn took the initial lead from his pole staring berth with Terry McIntire losing ground to Danny Bishop. The only caution period came on lap three when Derrick Crayford slapped the wall on the back stretch. The restart saw McIntire take back the second slot with Mike Smithhart and Bryan Denton driving under Bishop for third and fourth.
As Bishop lost ground on the high side, the inside lane shot forward moving Aaron Hicks and Strauss into fifth and sixth. Hicks was the first to try an outside pass, but the groove was still slick and Hicks went backwards. Denton tried the high side next but his car would not stick either and he lost ground. McIntire moved along side of Coburn to pass for the lead but his attempts were also squashed and he faded to the rear. This moved Smithhart into second, Strauss third, Pruett fourth and David Furia fifth.
Not content with third, Strauss also moved to the high side and his car hooked up where he picked off Smithhart on lap 23 and made the winning pass on Coburn on 26. Strauss pulled away and lead the distance for the win. Coburn finished second with Smithhart third, Pruett fourth and Furia fifth. NCRA 2001 modified champion Billy Binns of Upper Lake finished sixth.
Furia captured the trophy dash and heat wins went to Freedom Hawthorne, Bishop and Bill Shura.
Mini stock action saw Frank Howard take the lead away from Glenn Koeppel on the fourth lap but he lost the lead to Andrew Snider three rounds later. Fast qualifier (13.968) Kevin Barba followed Snider to the front and Darin Snider picked off Howard for third on lap 10. Both D. Snider and Stuart Lydon passed Barba in lapped traffic on lap 18, and two rounds later D. Snider pushed way high as he was being passed by Lydon and track officials stopped the race to reprimand D. Snider.
The restart saw A. Snider and Lydon side-by-side and as the pair came up on the slower car of Tom Burger, A. Snider was trapped and both Lydon and Barba went by. Lydon accepted his seventh win followed by Barba, A. Snider, Jake Tillman and Rod Gard. Heat wins went to Justin Potter and Gard. Dusty Barton won the trophy dash. Andrew Snider has honored as the 2001 NCRA mini stock champion.
The bomber 30 lapper saw 20 cars take the green flag with Casey Saunders out in front of Ron Bertram and Derek Thorn. Jeremy Nowlin and Pruett were fighting for fourth and fifth when Nowlin’s car broke loose and spun on the back stretch to bring out the yellow.
Pruett pulled ahead of Saunders on the restart and drove the distance for the win. Trophy dash winner Mark Maines worked his way up to finish second ahead of Jeff Davis and Michael Bishop. Sanders finished fifth. 2001 NCRA bomber champion Darrin Knight finished eighth. Jeff Davis and Don Baker tied for second place in the points standings. Kenny Grinols won the "B" main and heat wins went to Wendy Peirce, Saunders and Nowlin. Knight set fast time of 14.907 over the 31 car field.
Sixteen late models started their feature with Todd Carmichael, Eddie Robinson and Danny Harris running one-two-three the first seven rounds. Mike Sullivan spun in turn three on lap eight to bring out the first caution, and three circuits later the race was slowed again when Mike Swaney and Jim Stillman came together and hit the turn three concrete. Doss had worked his way up and took the lead away from Robinson on lap 11 and pulled away from the pack.
The mid point of the race saw the red flag wave when Robinson’s car broke loose and spun in turn one. With no where to go, Rick Rose and Jeremy Hopkins tangled and the impact caused Rose’s car to break and oil line spreading oil the entire width of the track.
When racing resumed, Thomas Wright ran second behind Doss. Todd Schnieder drove by Carmichael for third on lap 16 and Justin Offenbach slipped by Carmichael on 25. On the white flag lap Offenbach spun in turn four, and the pack raced to the yellow checkered flag with Doss the winner. Wright finished second ahead of Dan Knight, Schneider and Mike Swaney.
Wright set fast time of 12.954, Jeremy Hopkins won the dash and heat races went to Robinson and Stillman.
The Lakeport Speedway takes a two week break for the Lake County Fair and returns to action on September 15 for the 6th annual Bomber Bash featuring Twin 50 lap $500 to win events. Call the speedway office at 274-2844 for information and an entry form.
Fast Time: Bob Strauss, 13.169
Trophy Dash: David Furia, Aaron Hicks, Strauss, Billy Binns
Heat 1: Freedom Hawthorne, Todd Coburn, Lance Blacker, Terry McIntire, Erv Pettenger
Heat 2: Danny Bishop, Bryan Denton, Mark Marek, Mike Smithhart, Derrick Crayford
Heat 3: Bill Shura, Furia, Hicks, Strauss, Binns, Chuck Pruett 0
Main Event: Strauss, Coburn, Smithhart, Puett, Furia, Binns, Bishop, Denton, Hicks, McIntire, Shura, John Tredway, Blacker, Marek, F. Hawthorne, Pettenger, Jim Sozzoni, Crayford, John Hawthorne
Fast Time: Kevin Barba, 13.958
Trophy Dash: Dusty Barton, Darin Snider, Stuart Lydon, Barba
Heat 1: Justin Potter, Frank Howard, Glenn Koeppel, Simi Tour, Tom Burger, John Gregory, Tony Bertorelli
Heat 2: Rod Gard, Andrew Snider, Barton, D. Snider, Lydon, Barba, Jake Tillman
Main Event: Lydon, Barba, A. Snider, Tillman, Gard, Burger, D. Snider, Howard, Koeppel, Gregory, Barton, Tour, Potter
Fast Time: Darrin Knight, 14.907
Trophy Dash: Mark Maines, Jeff Davis, Knight, Kevin Medina
Heat 1: Wendy Peirce, Manuel Antonio, Bill Peters, Rod Harper, Harley Sharpe, Roy Funderburg, Willie Stephens, George Abella, Wes Mattson, Jimmy Sorrels, Mike Collins
Heat 2: Casey Saunders, Kenny Grinols, Wayne Johnson, Darren Tubbs, Kevin Minassian, Eric Unruh, Peggy Hawthorne, Derek Thorn, Frank Howard, Ron Bertram
Heat 3: Jeremy Nowlin, Chuck Pruett, Joe Sloan, Don Baker, Jeff Davis, Mike Bishop, Knight, Maines, Medina, Jay Skidmore
"B" Main": Grinols, Johnson, Howard, Sorrels, Harper, Antonio, Peters, Sharpe, Abella, Stephens, Funderburg, Peirce, Hawthorne, Collins, Mattson
Main Event: Pruett, Maines, Davis, Bishop, Saunders, Sloan, Tubbs, Knight, Baker, Medina, Unruh, Bertram, Thorn, Minassian, Grinols, Johnson, Harper, Skidmore, Sorrels, Nowlin
Fast Time: Thomas Wright, 12.954
Trophy Dash: Jeremy Hopkins, Mike Doss, Wright, Rick Rose
Heat 1: Eddie Robinson, Jeff Atkinson, Mike Sullivan, Danny Harris, Mike Swaney, Todd Carmichael, Kevin Waycik, Dan Knight
Heat 2: Jim Sillman, Justin Offenbach, Doss, Hopkins, Rose, Kevin Estep, Todd Schnieder, Wright
Main Event: Doss, Wright, Knight, Schnieder, Swaney, Carmichael, Hopkins, Stillman, Atkinson, Waycik, Offenbach, Sullivan, Harris, Rose, Robinson, Estep