By: Ron Rodda|
Where: Hanford, CA
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Hanford, CA -- Tommy Tarlton in winged sprints, Jerome Warmerdam in nonwing sprints, and Paul Stone in IMCA modifieds won main events Saturday at Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA. A total of 53 cars entered the evening's activities on a warm central valley evening.
The 16 winged 360 Rebel Sprints were led in qualifying by Tarlton with a 14.500 time and two heats went to Monty Ferriera and Stan Jockey. All 16 cars started the 30 lap main with a four inversion assigning Lawrence Edlund and Rick Williams to the front row while Tarlton stared 4th. Edlund assumed the lead at the green while Tarlton used the bottom of the first set of turns to reach 2nd by the backstretch. Edlund stretched his lead while Tarlton dueled with Williams for 2nd until 6th starting Blake Robertson took 3rd along the backstretch on lap 3. Eight laps had been scored when Edlund spun in turn two, handing the lead to Tarlton. Williams took 2nd back on lap 9 and had a spirited duel with Robertson for the runnerup spot until lapped traffic bottled Williams and Robertson was 2nd after 15 laps. The last half of the race saw Robertson repeatedly close on Tarlton to within a couple feet only to wander off of the backstretch on two occasions and execute a 360 degree spin in turn four the other time. Tarlton was able to cruise to the win with Robertson, Williams, a resurgent Edlund, and point leader Tim Worth filling the top five. Only two yellows slowed the well run event. Tim Worth ended the night with a 59 point lead on Mark Barroso as Andy Ferris fell another 15 points back in third.
A 21 car field of nonwinged 360 Sprint Bandits were on hand and fast time honors went to Josh Wise at 15.789. Three heats saw wins collected by Wise, Terry Shank, Jr., and Greg Porte before 20 cars started their 30 lap main. An invert ten grid had John Burnett and A. J. Burgin on row one while Warmerdam started 6th. The Bandits were led initially by Burgin, chased by Richard Harvey, Jr. for a lap until Harvey went high out of turn two and dropped several positions. Warmerdam was 2nd after Harvey's adventure and pressured Burgin until lap 11 when he passed the leader in traffic. Once in front, Warmerdam led the last 20 laps with pressure from Burgin until a 16th starting Davey Pombo used steady progress to take 2nd on lap 23. Pombo was too far away from Warmerdam to mount a challenge and settled for 2nd ahead of Burgin, Porte, and Gene Manhire in the event. Only one yellow and one red flew to slow the pace. The stoppage occurred when team cars of Jonathan Logan and Brad Evett collided with Evett rolling in the process. Porte came out of the night with a one point lead on Aaron Altaffer and just 20 ahead of Harvey Jr.
The 16 IMCA modifieds ran three heats and wins were taken by Tom Stidham, Bill Wilker, and Chad Patterson. All cars started their 25 lap test and Stidham led a lap off of the pole until 4th starting Patterson took over. After several early race yellows, the drivers smoothly circled the 3/8 and Rodney Freitas got 2nd when Stidham spun on lap 3. Eighth starting Paul Stone was 3rd by lap six and passed Freitas on the bottom of turn two on the 8th lap for 2nd. One lap later, Stone used the top of turn four for his winning pass and led the last 17 laps for the win. Patterson regained 2nd on lap 12 to finish in that location while Freitas, Todd Hermosillo, and Wilker filled the top five. Previous champion Jimmy Reeves spun on the last lap running 4th and dropped two spots in the final tally. Top running Jack Stanford dropped out early in the race with fuel problems. With his third win, Stone cut Burnes point lead down to 3 points. Freitas is 12 points out of first and just 3 ahead of Reeves.
All four of Hanford's regular divisions will race next Saturday as the Hot Stocks join the three divisions from this show in a rare appearance of four classes at the fairgrounds oval.
Rebel Sprints Fast time-Tommy Tarlton 14.500 Heat one-Monty Ferriera, Andy Ferris, Tarlton, Erik Folger, Garrett Ishii Heat two-Stan Yockey, Rick Williams, Blake Robertson, Lawrence Edlund, Richard Brace, Jr. Main-Tarlton, Robertson, Williams, Edlund, Tom Worth, Ishii, Ferris, Brace Jr., Mark Barroso, Ferriera, Folger, Gary Caldwell, Robbie Lowder, Jerry Pelayo, Jeff Botelho, Yockey Bandit Sprints Fast time-Josh Wise 15.789 Heat one-Wise, Jonathan Logan, Gene Manhire, Jason Montgomery, A. J. Burgin Heat two-Terry Shank, Jr., Jerome Warmerdam, Richard Harvey Jr., Aaron Altaffer, Brad Evett Heat three-Greg Porte, Bobby Elliott, Matt Day, John Burnett, Arron Chaney Main-Warmerdam, Davey Pombo, Burgin, Porte, Manhire, Harvey Jr., Elliott, Shank Jr., Chaney, Burnett, Montgomery, Day, Bobby Davis, Dave Knott, Patrick Frisco IMCA Modifieds Heat one-Tom Stidham, Michael Beltran, Jack Stanford, Jimmy Reeves, Ed Nichols Heat two-Bill Wilker, Paul Stone, Lonnie Lacy Jr., Bob Smith, Lee Phillips Heat three-Chad Patterson, Rodney Freitas, Todd Hermosillo, Bryan Burnes, Jim Reed Main-Stone, Patterson, Freitas, Hermosillo, Wilker, Reeves, Claudine Contente, Burnes, Reed, Nichols, Smith, Stidham, Stanford, Beltran, Phillips, Lacy.
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