Cocopah Speedway Racing Series gear up for Round 4
When Russell Allen parked his race car in victory lane at Cocopah Speedway two weeks ago, the motor was running hot and he shouted to track personnel that he needed some water sprayed on the radiator.
He was told to stay there and someone would bring him some water.
“Oh, I’m not going anywhere,” exclaimed an exuberant Allen. “I’ve never been here before, so I’m not moving.”
What he was talking about was it was the first time in his racing career that he had ever won two IMCA Modified Division feature events in a row. He parked in Budweiser Victory Lane back on March 12, too.
“This feels good,” Allen said.
The driver from Brawley will be hoping to experience a little déjà vu all over again Saturday night when the Somerton oval hosts Round 4 in the 2016 Cocopah Speedway Racing Series.
A third win in a row would be unprecedented for Russell, but more importantly it would propel him closer to the top of the series standings. He enters Saturday night’s show in the fifth position, eight points behind the division leader, Imperial’s Steven McCollough.
The irony in Allen’s early season success is that in 2013, he won the IMCA Modified Division championship without winning one feature event.
“We third- and fourth-placed them to death,” said Allen of that 2013 title run.
Not any more.
Also on the card Saturday night will be the IMCA Sport Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks.
The first race begins at 7 p.m.
Allen is not the only driver in the Cocopah Speedway Racing Series to have won two feature events in the first three rounds, however.
On the Sport Modified scene, Yuma’s Adolfo Noriega won the first two features of the season, and despite an uncharacteristic fifth place finish in Round 3, still holds the division point lead. The lead, however, is down to two points over Yuma’s James Dupre, who is looking for the first feature event win of his career.
Yuma’s Joey Essary, meanwhile, is looking for the first series championship of his career, and has parked himself in just the right position to do so – first place, or rather, tied for first place in the IMCA Stock Car Division with Yuma’s Manny Baldiviez – on the strength of two feature event wins in 2016.
Baldiviez is the winner of the other Stock Car feature event.
In the fourth division, the IMCA Hobby Stocks, Yuma’s Jason Beshears moved ahead of Yuma’s Jim Robinson and into the top spot following racing on March 26.
Beshears is still looking for a feature event win in 2016.
In contrast, Yuma’s Bob Horton has won two Hobby Stock features, but a disqualification during Round 2 cost him all points for the night. Consequently he is now tied for sixth place, 34 points out of first place. The driver he’s tied with is Yuma’s Leonard Manos, who won the other feature event.
Cocopah Speedway is located at U.S. 95 and County 15th Street; the general admission gate opens at 5 p.m; first race is at 7 p.m. Tickets are: adults (13 and older) – $12; adult military with ID – $10; senior (55 and over) – $10; children 12 years old and under – free (main grandstand); family pass – $25; Skybox – $25; pit pass – $30 (per person). Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.cocopahspeedway.com or at Cocopah Wild River or at the main gate on race day. Fans can get live racing lineups during the races and results afterward by going towww.cocopahlive.com. Fans can also access live in-race scoring and lap times by going to mylaps.com. For more information call 344-1563 or go to www.cocopahspeedway.com.