Last weekend All American Speedway hosted round fourteen of the NASCAR weekly championship racing series featuring the Pro 4 Modifieds, NCMA Sprints and Modified twin 40 lap Main events. With big fields and triple digit temperatures the divisions put on an exciting show for the fans.
First up were the Modifieds fielding 15 cars and No. 45 Rich Lindgren topped the qualifying charts with a fast time of 14.167 seconds. Followed by No. 24 Scott Winters, No. 11 Rick Anderson, No. 49 John Mamula and No. 14 Chase Grigsby the fast five. Both No. 50 Gary Glen and No. 5 Jason Bamberg took home a heat race win and Bamberg grabbed the trophy dash victory. In the first 40 lap main event, under the warm up laps No. 11 Rick Andersen broke a drive line on track and left oil on track for the AAS safety crew to clean up. No. 68 Cody Thompson and No. 15 Jason Philpot were set to lead the field to the green flag and Thompson took the early lead in turn three. Philpot got hungout on the outside falling as far back to eighth on the opening laps. By lap three, Thompson had picked up seven car lengths over the field. Winters jumped to the inside of No. 49 John Mamula on lap three for third. On lap six, the battle was for second as second to tenth were all nose to tail for positions. Winters again jumped to the inside of No. 25 Jay Linstroth for second setting his sights on the leader on lap seven. Lap 11 battle was for third as Gary Glen and Lindgren were swapping positions. Caution on lap 13 as No. 43 Nick Lyons spun in turn four. This restart was not what Thompson wanted as the field was bunched back up for the restart. Winters took the early lead on the outside and Thompson tucked in behind him. Another great battle between Glen and Lindgren as the two raced side by side trading rubber for a few laps and Lindgren still couldn't get past Glen for third. By lap 18, Glen moved past Thompson for second and Winters had checked out to a ten car lead. In the closing laps, Glen started to run down the leader however he ran out of laps with Lindgren in tow. Scott Winters took home the first Modified twin feature followed by Gary Glen, Rich Lindgren, Jason Bamberg and Jason Philpot the top five.
Second up was the NCMA Sprints and No. 3 David Goodwill stole the pole position in qualifying with a time of 13.466 seconds followed by No. 88 Denny Burrell, No. 76 Ed Amador, No. 24 Bob Dias and No. 77 Burt Siverling the top five. Amador won both the heat race and the trophy dash. Amador and Siverling lead the field to the 35 lap main event. Siverling thought he had the early lead until Goodwill who started third passed Siverling in turn one and came out as the leader in turn two. Dias spun in turn one on lap one caused a yellow flag. Goodwill led the single file restart and left Amador and Siverling to battle for second. The NCMA Sprints put on a clean race every time and Goodwill checked out and never once looked back taking home the victory. Followed by Burrell, Amador, Siverling and No. 96 Bill Hendricks the final five.
Third up was the Pro 4 Modifieds returning to the track for its second week in a row and No. 87 Curt Lewis posted fastest lap in qualifying with a time of 15.010 seconds followed by No. 34 Chris Straka, No. 18 Vincente Sanchez, No. 90 Kevin Barba and No. 10 Stan Bushman the fast five. Barba won the heat race and Sanchez took home the trophy dash win. Bushman and Barba were set to lead the field for the 35 lap main event and Barba jumped to the early lead. Bushman fell back to third on the start as Straka advanced to second. Straka passed Barba for the lead on lap two. On lap six, Jacks and Sanchez battled side by side for third and Sanchez was able to maintian his position in third. By lap ten, Barba had been on the rear bumper of the leader until he got sideways in turn two loosing grounds on the leader. This allowed Straka to gain a half straight away lead by lap 15. On lap 18, Nick Hansen looped his machine in turn four causing a caution flag. Straka and Barba restart the field and the two raced side by side and Straka would edge out Barba at the line for the lead. In the closing laps, Lewis made a pass for second and began to run down the leader however he ran out of laps. Chris Straka claimed the victory followed by Curt Lewis, Vincente Sanchez, Keith Jacks and Nick Hansen the final five.
Last up was the final 40 lap feature for the Modifieds and Thompson and Philpot were set to lead the field again. Philpot took the early lead as Lindgren passEd Thompson on the high side for second. Lindgren all over the rear bumper of Philpot looking to make his move for the lead and Winters now up to third on lap three. Lap four, the top seven cars were all nose to tail for positions. By lap nine, the top three broke away to an eight car advantage and Bamberg passed Thompson for fourth and he began to set his sights on the lead pack. Philpot came across lapped traffic on lap 20 allowing Bamberg to catch up to the lead pack. Lap 25, Lindgren struggled to get around lap traffic as Winters began working on Lindgren for third. On lap 26, No. 22 Troy Nogosek spun in turn four creating a caution. Philpot not very happy about the field being bunched up adding more challenges to maintain his lead. Philpot and Lindgren restarted the field and the two would race side by side trading rubber and Philpot took the lead at the line. On lap 35, Grigsby and Glen battle for the fifth position and Grigsby would blow up on lap 38 creating a yellow checkered. Jason Philpot collected the second feature victory followed by Rich Lindgren, Scott Winters, Jason Bamberg and Gary Glen the final five.
With round fourteen in the books the night went smoothly and all the drivers enforced proper sound requirements. NASCAR championship racing at AAS will return this weekend featuring NASCAR Late Models, Street Stocks and Bombers with FREE PARKING. More information about All American Speedway can be found at www.allamericanspeedway.com or on the Speedway’s Facebook page. 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.