Fourteen-year-old Buddy Kofoid brings home first Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo win

Fourteen-year-old Buddy Kofoid brings home first Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo win

Young rising star Michael “Buddy” Kofoid races to first career Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo win on Friday night

By Gary Thomas

Watsonville, CA – April 29, 2016…Up until two weeks ago 14-year-old Outlaw Kart graduate “Buddy” Kofoid had never even competed at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. The Penngrove, CA competitor then returned this past Friday night and thrilled the crowd by becoming the youngest winner on Ocean Sprints history.

Kofoid is currently in his first full season of Winged 360 Sprint Car racing in the Golden State and will be common sight at the Ocean Speedway this year. The victory on Friday came aboard the Dan Simpson Racing/ DES Inc. No. 4s machine. It also marked the first California Winged Sprint car triumph for car owner Dan Simpson.

“This is such an awesome feeling right now I don’t even know what to say,” said Kofoid on the front stretch. “I really focused on hitting my marks once I found the rubber and tried to keep my composure during all the yellow flag periods. I want to thank Dan Simpson, my parents and everyone that works so hard on this car. I’m really at a loss for words right now. I can’t believe we got it done tonight and couldn’t be happier.”

Fremont’s Shane Golobic led a number of laps early on and had challenges from Easton’s Tommy Tarlton. Tarlton’s bid at taking the lead though came up just short, as contact between the two resulted in the No. 21 Sprinter suffering damage and forcing him to the work area. Golobic would then lead the race until Kofoid was able to make a great move off turn four to take command. The two-time Ocean Sprints champ stayed close the remainder of the race and came home second at the stripe.

Salinas, CA driver Jason Chisum put together one of the finest runs of his Sprint Car by charging from 10th to third in the feature. It was great to see Chisum have a strong run, as he and his team are some of the biggest supporters of the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo. Fresno’s Kyle Shaw also had a strong night, setting the Ray Scheidts Electric Fast Time Award to begin the evening and then capping it with a fourth place finish in the A-main. Oakdale’s Shawn Conde was impressive in the feature and rounded out the top five in the 30-lapper after starting 11th. For Conde it was just his second ever Ocean Sprints start.

Rounding out the top-10 were Fremont’s Dustin Golobic, Stockton’s Brad Furr, Fresno’s Koen Shaw, Cottonwood’s Lucas Ashe and Salinas, CA’s Jeremy Chisum.

A-main finish: 1. 4s Buddy Kofoid, 2. 22 Shane Golobic, 3. 25Z Jason Chisum, 4. 92 Kyler Shaw, 5. 91c Shawn Conde, 6. 9j Dustin Golobic, 7. 2 Brad Furr, 8. 88 Koen Shaw, 9. 33 Lucas Ashe, 10. 8 Jeremy Chisum, 11. 55 Danny Malfatti, 12. 6 Jimmy Christian, 13. 4 Burt Foland Jr., 14. 21 Tommy Tarlton, 15. 34 Darrell Taylor, 16. 99 Tony Gualda, 17. 72w Kurt Nelson, 18. 73 Craig Frandsen, 19. 10 Anthony Simone

The Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will return to action this coming Friday night for round three.

The Ocean Sprints & Ocean Speedway is held under the management of Prentice Motorsports Group, which also operates the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, the Civil War 360 Sprint Car Series presented by Flowmaster, the Wingless Sprint Car Series presented by Hunt Magnetos & the All Star Modified Tour.

The Ocean Sprints would like to thank Taco Bravo, High Five Pizza, Ray Scheidts Electric, Beer Optics, Hoosier Tires West, Flowmaster, Budweiser and Kaeding Performance for their support. For more information on the Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo log onto www.racepmg.com

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