VICTORVILLE: The Route 66 Raceway began the heat races on a warm and sunny afternoon.
Street Stocks heat number three began with both Funkhouser brothers competing against each other and the seven others. Car #68, Norman Matteson, started out on the pole, but #29, Steve Rose, challenged him and took the lead. 3W, Mike "Woody" Sabers from Apple Valley, pushed his way through and #31, Rodney Steele, left the track, as he wasn't scheduled to be with this heat. Matteson, Sabers and #43, Keith Prischmann, took top three spots -- -- while #19, Chris Funkhouser, #45, Jim Rook, #77, Earl Cox driving Robert Schuster's car, and #13, Wayne Shaw, rounded out fourth through seventh. Cockrell in the midst of this rounded out last position. Shaw overtook Cox and was going for Rook. Turn one delivered Cox overtaking Rook and Shaw with #17, Brian Nelson, behind. Then it was Sabers' turn. Sabers created such a lead gap that it was a battle for Matteson and Funkhouser to keep up for second and third. Final positions for heat three-3w, 68, 19, 77, 13, 45, 17, and 29 bringing up the rear.
IMCA Modifieds roared on the track with a thunder that would rival Caesar's packed coliseum. Number 5, Al Bernal from Hesperia, #92, Steve Smith, #04, Jimmy Barttelt, #A5, Mark Allison, and 4t, Don Glover roared through for first heat standings.
IMCA Modifieds heat two: Car #16, Bill Saltzman from Baldwin Park, #44m, Bill McIntosh, #8, Brad Bennett, #75, Kevin Hocking, and #16x, Danny Quinn from Ridgecrest, rounded out the line-up. In turn three Hocking took Bennett for third and gave McIntosh a close run for second. Bennett fell behind to last. Hocking used his advantage at the backstretch to try for second spot and succeeded. McIntosh, having to try harder, eventually lost the position in turn one. Smothermon, holding off Hocking with the backstretch being Hocking's best asset. McIntosh lost his right front tire. Smothermon held off Hocking. The scorers have: 16, Saltzman, 75, Hocking, 16x, Quinn, 8, Bennett, 44m, McIntosh
Main events-Mini's-12 minis warmed up the track at the first main event of the evening. After one lap, the caution flag was thrown when #8, Marvin Grinder, was helped off the track by the tow truck. Laps began with a fury as #1, Paul Bender, #39, Jim Bard, #13, Don Clark, #14z, Sands Sprague, #61, Ron Hester, and six others. Bender took the lead with a good three to four car lengths ahead. Jim Chandler, #27c, was spun out by #17, Nustad, but moved back into his spot at 7th. Nustad (points leader) was sent to the back. 59A, Kevin Holden, overtook Sprague for third. Holden overtook them all for first position in turn four leaving Bender, #07, Andy Moreton, Clark and Sprague behind in that order. Bender and Moreton battled for 2nd while Clark and Sprague were headed for third and fourth. Holden continued to gain up to 8-10 car lengths ahead of Bender and Moreton who were fighting for 2nd. Holden continued to lap Chandler and Bard. Moreton, #79, Craig Baker, Bender, and Nustad held the rear spots. Nustad moved up from rear to 5th and vied for fourth. Finishing standings-59a, 79, 07, 1, and 2.
Listings of top five finishes follow this report. The races continue on Saturday, September 8th at 5pm at the Route 66 Raceway in Victorville.
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