2 new faces to Budweiser victory lane and 3 who have been there before
By: Bill Grosskreutz Track Announcer
When all the dust settled Saturday night at The Diamond in the Desert Cocopah Speedway we had 2 new faces visiting Budweiser Victory Lane and 3 others who have seen it before.
Chula Vista California’s Manny Baldiviez who also resides here in Yuma visited victory lane yet again for the 6th time this season and now 2 in a row in the highly competitive Fisher Automotive IMCA Stock Cars Manny was quick to thank his family and racing partner Mike Harlan for the hard work as Baldiviez had just returned early Saturday morning from a trip which took him to Seattle and he and his crew barely finished prepping hisJet Racing Stock Car in the late afternoon of race day following Manny across the line were the #144 of Jimmy Davy, Steven Daffern in his familar #18, Captain Henry B in his #87 machine and rounding out the top 5 was P J Pilgrim in the #4 machine.
Next we have a returning of the guard in IMCA Hobby Stock as the Bobby Horton/Scott Jeffrey duo has another great shoe out of their stable with Bob Horton behind the wheel of the ever familiar #3 machine out of that potent shop of Jeffrey Fabrication this was Bob’s 2nd trip in 3 tries and says he is ready to add more as he took advantage of a turn 4 bobble by race leader Jason T Beshears and never looked back Beshears would hold onto 2nd and finishing out the top were long tow Aaron Norman, Brent Wofford with Harvey Quinn making his 3rd top 5 in last 3 races.
Next we have the IMCA Modifieds topping the field Saturday night at the Somerton 3/8ths mile clay oval was Imperial Valley chassis builder Lance Mari in his MRT Race Cars mount as once he got the lead he was never headed but keeping him honest was Nick Oneil in LG2 by Owens towing over the mountain from Tucson,next he have hard charger of the night and current point leader Steven McCollough in his CAM Chassis who charged from his 13th starting position and finished 3rd followed closely by Yuma’s Bobby Horton and Brett Simala who are both in Larry Shaw Race Cars finishing out the top 5.
Here comes the feel good story of the night as Yuma’s own Kyle Smith in his Harris Auto Racing RV World Yuma IMCA Northern Sport Mod made good on what we all knew would happen he won his very 1st main event in his rookie season as he and crew chief Tim Quintero have been hard at work looking over notes and set up sheets to finally get that 1st victory and he was all smiles and high 5’s in victory lane following him closely across the line is point leader and perennial front runner Chris-Mindy Tothin his MRT chassis as he continues to accumulate points towards the season ending champioship with 2 wins and the 2nd place in last 3 rounds next came Imperial’s Corey Clayton, Tim Reese back after a hard crash on night #1 of the Deacon Dick Memorial as he and Jeremy Caldwell rebuilt the rear clip of his Jet Racing Sport Mod and finishing out the top 5 was James Dupre in his new Dream Chassis as he continues to improve in his mount he purchased over the break.
Lastly was the fastest cars on the track Saturday night The ASCS Southwest Region by Parker Hose Advantage Stores 360 winged sprint cars and what looked like a runaway by Jake Helsel out of Monroe,Wa in his #44 machine was taken away off turn 4 coming to the checkered by Alamogordo,NM driver Lorne Wofford in his #18 machine as the 2 drivers drag raced under the checkers followed by California’s Kenny Allen in 5h next came current point leader Rick Ziehl Racing and 17th starter and the night hard charger former Camping World Truck Series driver Lance Norick in his #90 machine