Mari, Pitt, And Forster Collect Friday Night Wins At Cocopah Speedway
By Ben Deatherage
Three Speedway Motors Weekly Racing program divisions were in action at Cocopah Speedway on Friday, February 19th. The 3/8-mile oval, in Somerton, Arizona, hosted the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals for the first of two nights of the doubleheader weekend. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods, and the IMCA STARS Mod Lites were the three sanctioned classes that complimented the full card. In the IMCA Modified main event, Lance Mari took care of business. The Imperial, California veteran took full advantage of starting on the outside front row. Mari kept his ride out in front of the rest of the pack and stretched the lead out to over a straightaway advantage ahead of second place. Lance Mari grabbed the winning checkered flags for the second time at Cocopah in 2021 and has won in his last three starts there. Mari now has two wins in KMJ Performance Arizona State action as well as in the Shaw Race Cars Western Region and the IMCA Modified national scene. Peoria’s Ryan Roath held off a pack of cars to score second with Chaz Baca Jr., from Mesa, getting third. The balance of the top five would consist of Nipomo, California pilot Trevor Fitz and Pahrump, Nevada youngster Kollin Hibdon credited with fourth and fifth. Yuma’s Marvin Mueller and Lance Mari were the two heat race victors. Rock Springs, Wyoming traveler David Pitt was fast out of the box in the IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mod feature. Pitt, who started inside of the front row, got to the front at the drop of the first green flag. He did receive pressure from Bo Partain, from Casa Grande, but managed to nullify any advances made. A yellow flag on lap four was the only time the field slowed down. Pitt again would feel an enormous amount of pressure by the likes of Partain, but he successfully retained the position. David Pitt crossed the line first to win to become the eighth different Sport Mod winner at Cocopah this year, the twelfth driver to hit pay dirt in the state of Arizona, and the thirteenth chauffeur to obtain a checkered in IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mod action in the country. Bo Partain was a close second followed by Chris Toth, of Holtville, California, in third. Yuma’s Miles Morris placed fourth over fifth finishing Jimmy Davy, also from Yuma. Chris Toth and David Pitt were the two heat race winners earlier in the program. The IMCA STARS Mod Lites made their 2021 debut at Cocopah Speedway. On the opening start of the main event Bakersfield, California’s Zac Forster seized the initiative. Forster, who started fifth, obtained the top spot entering the first corner on the opening start. A lap three caution bunched the field up and turned out to be the lone stoppage of the race. On the restart, Forster experienced some immense pressure from Kaden Cochrun. Cochrun, also of Bakersfield, managed to maneuver his way around Forster to beat him out at the line on lap five. However, Forster held his composure and reclaimed the position on the following circuit. As the long green flag run continued to develop Zac Forster had a brief scare in lapped traffic. Kaden Cochrun did his best to get around Forster, but Forster made some key moves. Zac Forster went on to win the main event and became the first 2021 IMCA STARS Mod Lite winner in Arizona and the third different driver in the country to park his mount in victory lane in the nation. Kaden Cochrun placed second with third going Gary DeWitt, from Tucson. Bakersfield, California’s J.D. Brown got fourth and Collin Bender, of Chandler, was fifth. Heat race winners earlier in the night were J.D. Brown, Kaden Cochrun, and Collin Bender. Night two at Cocopah Speedway will wrap up the weekend with the second and final night of the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals on Saturday, February 20th. All the same classes from night one will be in attendance including the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Karl Kustom Northern Sport Mods, and IMCA STARS Mod Lites. You can watch all the action on IMCA.TV with the broadcast slated to kick off around 4:00 PM Mountain Time. For more information, log on to www.cocopahspeedway.com. Looking to catch that big IMCA race that you have always wanted to see? Wanting to see how your favorite driver is doing out of town? Then look no further than IMCA TV. IMCA TV provides race fans with some of the best dirt track racing pay-per-view events in the country. Watch every lap of the storied Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores live from Boone Speedway. Catch the historic Harris Clash at Deer Creek Speedway as well as dozens of events including the IMCA TV Winter Nationals from Cocopah Speedway and the home of where IMCA all started, Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa. Whether it is at home, in the race shop, or on the road IMCA TV has you covered. IMCA TV “Where America Comes To Watch Racing”.