By: Gary Jacob and Glenda Gilmer|
Where: Ukiah, CA
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Ukiah, CA -- Second generation racer Derrick Crayford from Santa Rosa made his first 2003 visit to Ukiah Speedway and he won the modified main event Saturday night. He timed in third quick, ran last in the dash and second in the fast heat prior to his feature win. Point leader Norm Boucher from Cloverdale ran second ahead of fast timer Denny Cashada. After timing in second quick, David Lancaster swept the rest of the late model action with wins in the dash, heat and feature. Veteran racer Joedy Admiral ran second. R J Randall from Willits closed ground on bomber point leader Mike Silva with a big night. Randall set fast time, ran second in the dash, 4th in the fast heat and won the A Main. The consistent Silva was off the pace with an 11th place run and saw his point lead shrink to 29 points. Third ranked Sean Caturegli ran second ahead of Mike Carlson. Pure Stock point leader Ronnie Duke Jr won their main event with J R Lane second ahead of Rick Pardini. For the first time, usual bomber racer Manya Tenney raced in the lady bomber action and she won the main event ahead of point leader Theresa Bloyd.
The modifieds had their best turnout of the season with ten entries. Newcomer Clay Caturegli broke an engine in hot laps. Cashada paced time trials with a 13.789 lap. Boucher ran a 13.857 and Crayford showed his strength with a 13.866 run. Opening night winner Allen Gibney and Scott Feil were also in the 13 second bracket. Gibney beat Boucher in the dash. Feil won the fast heat ahead of Crayford and Gibney. Ken Bush beat Lance Blacker in the slow heat. Crayford, Boucher and Cashada were 1-2-3 in the main event ahead of Feil, Blacker, Gibney and Bush. Boucher has built an 89 point lead over Bush with Blacker another 100 points back. Brian Todd’s 13.699 lap paced the four late models. Lancaster ran a 13.748. Lancaster beat point leader Taco Puertolas in the dash. Admiral ran second to Lancaster in both the heat and feature with Puertolas and Todd in the 3-4 slots in both races.
Randall clicked off a very quick 15.210 lap to pace the 25 car bomber field in time trials on the 1/4 mile paved oval. Ron Duke Sr ran a 15.232 and Silva had a 15.233 effort. David Land Sr was fourth quick at 15.393 and he won the dash ahead of Randall and Duke Sr. Top runner Terry Pittman broke his engine in hot laps. Richard Norgrove beat S Caturegli and Kenny Spencer in the fast heat. Spencer has purchased the Ray Strain car. Kevin Bloyd beat Tim Grayson in the middle heat race and Fort Bragg’s Jeremy Lippencott won the slow heat ahead of Anja Allen and Nathan Fairall. Allen was subbing for Grant Safford. The 14 fastest qualifiers automatically made the A Main and they were joined by four transfers from the B Main. Chris Norris won the B Main ahead of Fairall, Lippencott, Wendy Hinton and Tony Silveira. Randall won his second A Main of 2003 with S Caturegli second ahead of Carlson, the 2003 debut for John Saunders, Bloyd, Norris, Fairall and Norgrove. S Caturegli is 44 points back of Randall and 94 ahead of Duke Sr.
J R Lane was the quickest of the 9 pure stocks with his 16.697 lap. Ron Duke Jr ran a 16.795 and Charlie Tour posted a 16.825. Pardini was the final 16 second qualifier and he won the dash ahead of Tour. Pardini also won the heat race with Duke Jr second ahead of Lane. The feature win was Duke Jr’s third of 2003 and he was followed by Lane, Pardini, Johnny Lozano, Jimmy Johnson and Tommy Nugent. Duke Jr’s point lead is just 24 over Pardini and 34 ahead of Tour. Despite only a four car field, the battle for fast time in the Lady Bombers was intense. Amy Burger ran a 16.018, T Bloyd a 16.058 and Tenney a 16.157. Tenney won the dash ahead of Burger. Burger was chased to the heat win by Tenney and T Bloyd. Driving the George Riehl car, Tenney won the main event in front of T Bloyd, Peggy Hawthorne and Burger.