Ramie Stone Wins at Merced with the All-Stars!racepmg
Local Ramie Stone Steals Win from Tour Drivers
By Sean Stanish
Fresh off a spectacular inaugural race at Tulare, the All-Star Modified Tour headed north to the Merced Speedway for Round 2 Saturday night. When it was all said and done, local driver Ramie Stone was in victory lane. Stone, a veteran and past champion at the Central Valley track, worked the high side of the speedway to near perfection and was unstoppable once at the front.
At the start of the main event, it was another local, Atwater’s Bill Egleston, at the head of the pack. The first of numerous cautions came out on lap two, when Ricky Thatcher of Mariposa spun coming out of turn two. On the restart, Egleston fended off Austin Burke of Salinas and Olivehurst’s Ryan McDaniel. Manteca’s Mitch Enos’ night came to an end on lap eight, when he came to a halt in turn two, and then pounded the outside wall on the subsequent restart. Following the restart, Austin Burke grabbed the top spot from Bill Egleston, but another yellow on lap 12, this time for Prunedale’s Tim Balding, kept the field bunched up. Burke continued to lead, but another yellow slowed the pace once again. Merced’s DJ Shannon and Ricky Thatcher came together in turn one, but both were able to continue for the time being. Another quick caution for DJ Shannon soon after the restart brought his night to an end. On the restart, Austin Burke held the low line, with Ryan McDaniel following in his tracks. This gave Ramie Stone all the invitation he needed to thread the needle around the outside and take the lead on lap 18. The field was slowed once more, this time for Merced’s Bruce “Bubba” Nelson who was spun at the entrance of turn one. The melee collected Round 1 winner Troy Foulger of Martinez, who was forced to call it a night after the incident. On the restart, nobody was able to do anything with Ramie Stone at the front and was able to take the feature victory. Ryan McDaniel and Austin Burke settled for second and third, with Susanville’s Riley Simmons coming in fourth from his tenth starting spot. Chowchilla’s Jeff Streeter, a winner in weekly competition at the track this year, was fifth. Early leader Bill Egleston was sixth, followed by Plumas Lake’s Duane Cleveland, Winton’s Paul Stone, Martinez’s Nick DeCarlo, and Rancho Cordova’s Josh Combs, who completed the top ten. Heat race wins went to Paul Stone, Josh Combs, and Jeff Streeter.
With two rounds in the books, Ryan McDaniel leads Duane Cleveland by two points. Riley Simmons sits in third, four markers out of the lead.
The next IMCA All-Star Modified race will be June 18th at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton, California.